University of Washington

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Valued work experience but management practices are still below par

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I have been working at University of Washington

Pros

Benefits. Most departments strive to be flexible with employee schedules.

Cons

Preference given to staff employees who have a Master's degree. Several years of budget cuts and anticipated cuts are taking their toll on employee morale. Very hard to advance within a department.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The Leadership, Community and Values Initiative of five years ago was an important start in listening to staff, students, faculty and the community. The initiative seems to have faded away with Emmert's departure. I hope the new President will look for ways to invest in UW staff.

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    Good Student job with decent pay

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Good pay
    Good exposure
    Less work pressure

    Cons

    Technologically laid back, time constraints, weekend working shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More trainings for students and staff

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    Good student job, if you can stand the politics.

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    One great thing about working at the UW is that your work is on campus. It makes it really easy to work while going to school: as soon as you get out of class, you walk 5-10 minutes, and you're at work! The hours were also pretty flexible in my experience: people give you leeway because you're a student taking classes.

    Another thing I enjoyed was the people. The atmosphere was pretty relaxed: office parties, lots of joking around between coworkers, etc. Go down the hall and hang out with the researchers and their cool research projects. Your mileage may vary, but I had fun.

    Cons

    There is a lot of office politics. As a student, you will be at the bottom of the hierarchy, and so you will be shielded from a lot of the meetings to which your boss and your boss's boss have to go. However, you will still feel the politics. Every now and then you will have to do something that seems stupid, pointless, or backwards, but someone high up decided that's the way things should be done, and all you can do is take a deep breath and accept it.

    Some people will treat you differently for being a student; not all, but some. There will be people that won't trust you to do a good job. You may get menial tasks that no one else wants to do. It's annoying, but there is a silver lining: if there's some incredibly important emergency, you probably won't be asked to work extra hours to fix it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people below you, and get multiple opinions. Challenge the leaders below you to listen to *their* employees. The people on the bottom know more about how things work than you do -- let them be your eyes and ears.

    Get multiple opinions. Problems are complex and often require multiple viewpoints to get the whole picture.

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