OHSU Reviews in Oregon

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
142 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits, embrace diversity among employees, adhere to fair policy guidelines (in 15 reviews)

  • The pay and benefits were great, people were really nice (in 6 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.  

    Division Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great People
    Great Mission
    I felt proud to work for this organization

    Cons

    Must be able to negotiate a good compensation package

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great leaning opportunity with visible upward mobility but wish there was more training for managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    It was a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals in the community and at the University. The donors and alumni are truly passionate about the cause and the next generation of students. The company is on the rise with their new Knight Cancer Campaign and they really do try to look within the company first to fill positions. A great place to work if you are interested in fundraising and event planning. So many of the people that work there are just delightful to work along side, especially those who are in administrative and assistant/associate directing positions.

    Cons

    There isn't enough training and continued development for managers. There's a high turnover rate and burn out rate for administrative assistants. The voices of those who support aren't always heard or showed that they are valued. Everyone is very dedicated to the cause there but The flip side of this is that there is tunnel vision on only the end result. Understanding the importance of empowering everyone on a team can be overlooked. When everyone feels valued, acknowledged and challenged in a way that is meaningful for them, the team (and for that matter the company) can thrive. Their evaluation system is wonky as well. It doesn't appropriately capture the work that individuals do and sets employees up to be graded as mediocre.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Magnet- laughable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RN NICU in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - RN NICU in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    excellent leaning facilithy, equal opportunity,

    Cons

    administration is a laugh, will gear up, want input, have commities, then once they get input, they run the opposite way. inconsistemt policies, and practices. Chaotic administration, made nice to get magnet status but really have not earned it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the crap, and speak out of only one side of our mouth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Outstanding Place to Work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Service Representative in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Public Service Representative in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Loved the values, benefits, and environment. Lots of opportunity to excel and learn new skills. Especially appreciated the discounted Tri-Met pass.

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the little guy is who makes your job easier. Communicate your intent to them and listen actively to their input.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, great place for nurse

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time

    Pros

    Magnet certified, union represented (look on ONA's website for the entire contract, under AURN, which lists compensation tables, etc), competitive pay ($35.23 starting pay for no experience with BSN), 4.8 weeks vacation to start (increasing every 5 years to a max of 7.22 after 20 years), compensation for certification, greatly subsidized bus pass ($50 for a YEARLY pass right now - an $1100 value!), beautiful views, great food (including a natural mini grocery store), bike valet, Tillikum bridge (coming soon!), cash compensation for bike commuters, almost 100% covered medical benefit (dental about $150/mo for family, I pay $7 a month for my whole family's medical), 12% employer contribution to retirement plan w/o required employee match OR access to PERS (or whatever pers is called these days - OPSRP?? - a defined *benefit* program, not a defined *contribution* program) with employee required contribution of 6%, annual 2.25% cost of living raise in addition to annual raise, tuition reimbursement, mostly nice and friendly people, HUGE emphasis on diversity, everyone works every other weekend (might be considered a con but it makes it fair for everyone and with seniority you can request more off. Comes with a 10% weekend differential), unit based practice counsels, lots of free continuing ed opportunities. This company expects a lot but I think gives a lot in return.

    Cons

    Usual corporate bs, usual trappings of nursing culture (worse depending on unit - not enough staff, nurses eating young, etc), parking is $13 a day and there is a several year waiting list for annual passes (which you still have to pay $13 a day for - you're just guaranteed a spot that way), teaching hospital (which is rad, because you get to see and learn a lot, but also you have to deal with new residents every. single. year.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more CNAs!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Extended summer internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Murdock Scholar in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Murdock Scholar in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a strong sense of teamwork and collaboration between departments. Asking for clarification is encouraged during training and continued support can be found as you learn new protocols. They encourage you to find a full time position within the company.

    Cons

    Overall this is a good company to work for. Internship pay is not spectacular, but it is reasonable. There are limited food option at the riverfront location.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Working with beautiful view and weather and less stress

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I am working here as a full time graduate student. I think the most good thing here is environment.
    The city is generally safe, weather is mild and people is generous. As a graduate student I can enjoy my academic study balancing with family affair with less stress.

    Cons

    As a student, insurance is really poor in contrast to normal employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great post-doc benefits and career support

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Expert colleagues who are collaborative. Support resources available frequently.

    Cons

    Not many other research institutions nearby.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better postdoc benefits (retirement plans, life insurance)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at OHSU. I worked with great, smart people; received competitive benefits; and felt like I was a part of something meaningful.

    Cons

    Parking (but they highly subsidize bus passes)

  11.  

    Outstanding medical benefits package, but the size of the institution brings both perks and red tape.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PAS Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - PAS Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks including discounts at various Portland businesses, a practically free bus pass, great medical insurance starting at no cost out of your pocket... and more importantly, they genuinely prioritize internal hires, so lateral as well as upward movement are anticipated, encouraged, and very common.

    Cons

    Can be challenging if you're a problem solver/forward thinker in a low to mid-level position. You get the sense that you have your role, and your job is to fulfill it-- "out of the box" thinking, or interest in pursuing opportunities beyond your defined position are pretty obviously blown off with a "Thanks for your feedback, I'll look into it," or a "well, that's really something that is handled more by the _____ department."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's difficult because every manager is under another manager/department head/director/etc. in such a large institution, so it can feel like you never know who really has the power, and everyone seems to blame the tier above them. Take some personal responsibility for your decisions/changes, or better yet, use your middle-managers to communicate with the work force and help them feel like they are part of the decisions that affect them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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