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OHSU Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
134 Reviews

3.6
134 Reviews
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OHSU President Joseph Robertson Jr.
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Review Highlights

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

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

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  1.  

    Excellent Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Technician
    Current Employee - Senior Accounting Technician

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule in department

    Cons

    Pay for large chunk of benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, great place for nurse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR

    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
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PAS Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - PAS Specialist in Portland, OR

    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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  5.  

    Beautiful place to work. Smart people. Hard to get ahead. Low pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research  in  Marquam Hill, OR
    Current Employee - Research in Marquam Hill, OR

    Pros

    If you like the NW, working at OHSU is heaven. On top of a hill overlooking scenic Portland, you can't beat it! People care about their work here and love meeting new faces.

    Cons

    It's very difficult to get a job here none the less move up the latter. The pay for lower-mid level positions is not competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Takes care if their employees, but still a bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Room Service Associate  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Room Service Associate in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The work was rewarding, many of my co-workers were passionate, hard-working people. OHSU provides great benefits, designed to make it very possible to gain skills, and increase your prospects while employed. Further, the mission statement and policies have no-tolerance harassment and completely inclusive of family members and partners (before the law caught up).
     Once you have a job here, even at the bottom of the totem pole, it is very possible to work your way up, and get an education while working. It will take time.

    Cons

    Middle management can be condescending, or sticklers for unimportant (non performance related) details. However, in any entry level position that will be true, and the benefits and great policies overall make up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    bioengineers are not valued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of vacation and sick leave

    Cons

    value not recognized.
    no unpaid employee parking

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    bioengineers are not valued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of vacation and sick time

    Cons

    no parking for employees. this is a place for medical professionals. Although engineers are hired, their work is not valued despite hardwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of organization and leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing in Portland, OR

    Pros

    • OHSU has a great reputation in the Portland area (for the most part), so finding a similar job at another institution will be easier
    • Great medical benefits
    • Great work/life balance
    • My department was very flexible with work times (can come in whenever and leave 8 hours later)
    • Actual job duties were fun and challenging

    Cons

    • Since OHSU is the largest employer in Portland (with nearly 14,000 employees) it is difficult to keep the company organized
    • Everyone wants to seem important. Higher education is heavily coveted
    • Low pay compared to similar positions at other companies/institutions
    • High turnover
    • Minimal/no space for advancement
    • Minimal respect for your co workers. I can't count how many meetings I've been to where people literally scream at one another. Unprofessional and creates a tense working environment
    • An incredible amount of gossiping amongst workers. Creates an unfriendly and distrusting office environment
    • Management is constantly changing and there is no direction or order. Makes it difficult to perform your tasks efficiently
    • Parking is ridiculous. Parking outside my building is $180 a month
    • Not a good place to work if you are uncomfortable with animal testing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    • Value current employees
    • Keep a positive, organized work environment for your employees

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR

    Pros

    The tram is pretty and fun.

    Cons

    Management is less than stellar. Impossible to advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wear many hats and herd many cats

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    First, it's hard to make sweeping statements about a place that has hundreds of departments and 14K employees, but I'll try. There are many really good people working here (and a sociopath or two). Near downtown. It feels good to work in health care. I've worked in several departments and have had good managers in almost every job. I've worked on interesting problems, and have felt fairly secure - the union helps with that.

    Cons

    In some areas, the culture can tend toward "cover your tookus and protect your job," instead of "let's see what awesome things we can do when we work together as a team." Over time, this can give people a glazed look. Ultimately, I think that is a leadership problem, and there might be changes coming, slowly. There is no career ladder, you must make your own - the culture tends to hire outside people rather than promote internal folks. As with any academic health center, it is challenging to get everyone moving in the same direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking outside and emulating best practices - keep moving forward. Invest in infrastructure. Save money by tightening objectives, not by skimping on salaries and raises. Base goals and strategies on data, not on the status quo or some influential person's gut feeling. Spend money on people who want to collaborate. Hire managers who value collaboration.

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