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OHSU Reviews in Oregon

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
126 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits, embrace diversity among employees, adhere to fair policy guidelines (in 16 reviews)

  • Low intensity employer, good benefits, relatively stable (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • management is self serving and working there is like a work mill for low pay, no pay raise entire tenure (in 4 reviews)

  • The location is a drawback -- no parking, and public transit isn't always ideal (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    OHSU is a great company to work for with hundreds of avenues for career change and growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Marquam Hill, OR
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Marquam Hill, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Huge employer that does almost everything related to health care. A leader in the community and the state, people who are passionate about what they do and the role they play with the organization.

    Cons

    One Word: Bureaucracy
    OHSU moves frustratingly slow due to the complexity of it's mission(s). Decisions are often made slowly and often they come from sources that are not available for discussion and have little contact with the day-to-day operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Ok benefits, ok pay, ok management.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wage for administrative support positions is better than most places in town. Benefits are good. Union representation ensures a greater degree of job stability.

    Cons

    Location: OHSU takes a while to get to on public transit; parking on campus is extremely limited (several year wait list) and what parking they have is very expensive if you work in support ($125/month is usual).
    The wage is better than most places in town, but it is still below the median for the nation, whereas the cost of living is several percentage points higher. For clerical positions represented by the union, OHSu pays most of the cost of insurance premiums for the employee. They will on pay part of the cost for a spouse and, if you work part-time, they pro-rate the cost of the benefits so you will pay more while earning less. Also, the union (AFSCME) seems to do little in the way of actually improving conditions for employees. If you run into trouble and want their help, you have to pay an additional fee to be a 'fair share member.' Otherwise, they won't return your calls.
    OHSU lays off staff regularly 'in anticipation' of budget shortfalls. I've been laid of twice since I started there.
    In general, leadership does not want a clerical union. Physicians and researchers do not want to hire sufficient staff to complete the workload in their functional areas. Also, it should be noted that the physicians and researchers at OHSU are generally extremely egoistic and not terribly kind to those who are not their peers. This is accepted as 'usual' at the institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kindness takes as much effort as cruelty. There's no good reason for the atmosphere at OHSU to be so hostile when it comes to support staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Very autonomous labs working largely on physiologicy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge number of resources with faculty members who are very well established and experts at what they do. The emphasis of research is largely on physiology and what seems to be, translational research.

    Cons

    Situated in a part of Portland that us distant from the human race. The research questions, while being diverse, are too focussed on translational science focussed making it a but of a bore for those interested in more of a basic science research,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More effort should be invested to facilitate networking and collaborative research as well as career workshops/counselling for those seeking to step outside of academia.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I was a postdoc in genetics--it was great.

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    Former Employee - Computational Biology Postdoctoral in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Computational Biology Postdoctoral in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot of new skills in the cancer sequencing field.

    Cons

    Postdocs have salaries set by the NIH, no retirement, and only 2 weeks of vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs paid maternity leave like the grad students have.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent hospital compared to others

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good PTO
    They expect decent performance from the docs
    Fairly organized

    Cons

    Passive approaches to innovation

    Not a comprehensive cancer center...a little behind the times. they're trying to catch up though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, generous benefits package (paid vacation and sick leave, affordable medical/dental/vision insurance, 12% retirement fund contribution)

    Cons

    Low take-home pay, stressful work environment, leadership prone to top-down decision-making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The generous paid vacation and sick time can only go so far. Your employees are putting in long hours for low pay, and the top-down decision-making model that leadership employs has been slowly eroding morale for years. Consider involving the boots-on-the-ground before issuing mandates. I believe it will go a long way with the employees who are dedicated to serving our patients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Everyone is extremely friendly and value diversity and equality.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Help pay tuition, teach spanish classes, great benefits.

    Cons

    Cannot park on campus, very male dominated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure there is no gender discrimination in salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Nice research place

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    flexible, freedom in research directions

    Cons

    few people to discuss the research work on computer science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the biomedical engineering subject.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Left hand vs right hand- not working together over time

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff RN NICU/Peds Areana in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Staff RN NICU/Peds Areana in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    progressive, educational hospital, great networking ability with various professionals . various teams function well, others not so much, same as most large hospitals.
    Opportunities to lean , and grow, and try new areas of nursing.
    discount at University school of nursing to further education available after either 6 or 12 months of employment.

    Cons

    policies change like the wind,
    ONA has to push to get University Hospital to comply with Contract,
    can count the number of units that work well with union on one hand, others require much monitoring
    unfortunately if you mess up as administration they shuffle you off to another dept, and don't always deal with the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuity, work better with the union, stick to contract, and deal with administrators, or supervisors who are out of line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Biomedical research opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong research in specific areas such as stem cells, cancer, and neuroscience

    Cons

    Difficult commute by car, parking, inconvenience of access to stores and facilities outside of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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