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OHSU Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
158 Reviews
3.6
158 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Decent hospital compared to others

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    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Everyone is extremely friendly and value diversity and equality.

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    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
  6.  

    It Really Depends

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I have a great PI who is committed to my professional and personal development. I work with bright people and we do cool work.

    Cons

    The pay as an RA II is terrible. On the plus side Portland is a cheap town and the benefits aren't too bad. Also, every center is different, and some PIs can be horrible managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    variety lots of opportunity and friendly, retirement

    Cons

    parking fees, benefits going down,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Middle management experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    competent professionals, caring staff,

    Cons

    budget issues and department specific culture was challenging and negatively impacted employee morale + highly skilled professionals not able to work at capacity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Leadership competency and standards (with regular bottom up evaluations, feedback and training) is needed
    2. promote a culture of respect and professionalism (especially toward non-MD, non-PhD employees
    3. Empower and enable employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, the work itself is exciting.

    Cons

    pay is low, limited personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hospital is great but research side needs to get more professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Trying to live up to the hype?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    ONA & AFSCME ensure that all employees earn a living wage (or close to living wage)
    Career & Workplace Enhancement Center- free courses to develop your resume
    Internal hirees have preference- if you want to move up you can look at other departments
    Tons of jobs- 14,000+ employees and lots of movement
    Variety of jobs for people in & not in the healthcare mission
    Reasonable-good pay, benefits, esp. in first year
    Public Safety officers are awesome
    Cafes now serve Stumptown & Portland Roasting (after years of horrid coffee)

    Cons

    HR is not concerned for employees- zero outreach to employees- HR is often protective of bad managers
    Clinics continue to accept new patients even though they are well beyond capacity in terms of providers, support staff, clinic space, and clinic time
    A lot of egos walking around; dr's are not expected to treat other employees with dignity
    Lip service given to caring for patients, watching the "Empathy" video in every staff meeting, then being asked to work in a way that treats patients like numbers
    Many long-term employees forced out due to ageism and cronyism
    Managers & supervisors stay in place despite multiple complaints/grievances filed by unions/high employee turnover
    $12/day for parking!! Expecting 14,000 people to ride the bus or else shell out big $ just to drive to work!
    After 1st year health insurance costs increase if you don't perform & log so many "healthy" activities
    Antiquated practices that don't mesh well with the emphasis on research and innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before I worked at OHSU I was told by so many people that it was THE BEST place to work in Portland. After spending a couple of years here, I'm a little disenchanted. We have two great unions who struggle to keep OHSU in line with the contract that has been negotiated. I've witnessed racial discrimination, managers nitpicking to the point of abuse, and the promotion of ignorant snitches over dedicated employees who do their job well and don't try to throw other employees under the bus. I want to believe that OHSU is a wonderful place. A lot of my day-to-day experiences have been wonderful and I think OHSU can be a great place to work. However I think a lot of the good things here are really due to the hard work of ONA & AFSCME, or the dedication of faculty and staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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