OHSU Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Trying to live up to the hype?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Left hand vs right hand- not working together over time

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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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  3. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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  5. okay place to work

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Researcher in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    very flexible time schedule,reasonable work load

    Cons

    pay is not good and no career development track

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good work culture: family values first, job duties second. Very refreshing and positive outlook.
    4 weeks of paid vacation with a max of 6.5 weeks. having to take vacation because you have too much is a good problem to have.

    Cons

    Parking is scarce and expensive. Salaries are a bit lower than average for the area, but they make up for it in benefits, work flexibility and perks.

  7. Don't.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I worked at OHSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are great and really the only lure. If you just want to collect a paycheck, neglect your family/personal life and work off the clock to keep up with your workload then this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    If you demonstrate any desire for career growth you will be eaten alive. Management is not supportive of career growth. They will respond as if you're out to take their job and you WILL become their target.
    It is a union shop. Pay into it all you want but when it comes time for support they run because the work and effort needed to finish your request is too hard.
    Human resources is a joke. There is nothing human about exploiting the employees and nothing is truly confidential because they are the same people talking to your neighbor on the bus about the goings on at work.
    Access to basic office supplies will depend on which department you work for. The closer to the Knight cancer research you are the more likely you will not be questioned about ordering pens and post its for your desk and it will be less likely that you will have to do your own housekeeping. That is right, you might have to empty your own trash, put in *several* requests for very basic bathroom facilities cleaning because that is not done on a regular basis. Regular cleaning is just done in restrooms deemed 'public', sharing a bathroom with 50 plus colleagues is not considered public enough to warrant daily custodial services. That is not just during the 'tight' times, it is part of the culture.
    The distribution of resources for just the basic of necessary work equipment is laughable. You may have to beg for a monitor that doesn't short out while a colleague has a closest full of extra computers, iPads, and other digital equipment that they don't use, some of it in original packaging.
    Working through your lunch is the norm because that is when everyone is 'free' for meetings, but don't think that as an hourly you get that time accounted for. Working off the clock is the status quo and ignored by all. It has become an ingrained part of the culture. Managers are aware and turn a blind eye, especially when they need something after hours. There is an expectation to be on call 24/7, yes even for hourly admin assistants. Don't you dare account for that time either. You will be written up, after all they have a payroll budget to stick to and that would just make your manager look bad.
    Need IT support? Better Google your problem first, after all that is what IT will direct you to do when you call the help line.
    There are so many things wrong with the org chart and accountability structure.
    Parking? I waited SEVEN years for the privilege to pay almost $200 a month to park my car.
    Retirement? If you dare select the wrong plan you will pay out of pocket while your coworkers don't.
    Healthcare benefits? The latest plan forces you to choose your doctor at OHSU or pay an exorbitant fee to continue with the doctor you have had for 12 years. So guess who your coworkers on public transportation will be talking about while you wait those years for your parking permit?
    U is for university and just like in the acronym the university is last in the mind of management. The complete disregard for students is shameful. Last minute changes to a program mid academic year is the norm. Dont worry, they will have the ear of the administration but be prepared to be called up on professionalism conduct charges.
    Don't ever feel safe, the threat of reorg to rid of you is always a vocalized threat.

    Advice to Management

    It is your staff doing the work to make you look good. A simple acknowledgement of the work done by them will get you farther but does not curtail the fact that your expectations are unreasonable.
    Face the fact that you are just as disposable to the university as you treat the rest of us.

  8. Don't believe they care about you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reduced rates on a Metro transportation pass, if you can find time to use it.

    Cons

    Crowded offices with no air or light.
    HR techies need to wear a tie.
    Training Department (Operational Effectiveness) Not ready to hear criticism or allow different perspectives.
    Very impersonal treatment

    Advice to Management

    Consider that I was told I was the top candidate, and that they really wanted my experience and opinion when I was hired....

    My manager acted sweet, but put off my monthly one on one check in for over three months. I only had one performance check in with her after almost 4 months, the next time she told me I was being let go. Meanwhile I was asking for tasks to do for two plus months after they hired me, then told not to jump in to work on the new system I was supposed to be learning and testing, and all the while I was saying the vendor wanted us to get into the system. Then I was told I was being reluctant to get into the new system, when my senior colleague and manager had been telling me not to mess with it.

    Also the manager and I agreed on my flex schedule and the parameters for it, then she lied or "forgot" that we had done that, and used that as a reason for my being being released. No attempt was made to communicate a concern and then follow up and see if it was fixed (it was).

    I gave up a lot to take on this job, it only would have taken some communication and courtesy to have handled it all better, but there's no excuse for management to be so absent and such impersonal treatment.

  9. Consolidation of power drives systematic exploitation of employees, students

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

    I worked at OHSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    OHSU may be a fine place to work within the "missions" -- patient care or research. Even elsewhere, within administration and central services, the pay can be good.

    Cons

    Within administration and central services, the name of the game is exploiting employees and students -- through rackets in benefits, parking, etc. -- to add a few extra bucks to OHSU's massive and massively increasing bottom line. Two executives now reign at a level that just a few years ago included nearly a dozen. These two have consolidated power and neutralized checks and balances. Go ahead and pledge your fealty to them if you have no problem lying and facilitating theft en masse from your colleagues.

    Advice to Management

    OHSU's workforce is among the most highly educated anywhere. Do you really think they won't grasp what you are doing? Do you really think you can outrun the consequences, which at minimum will include "brain drain" (the departure of people crucial to future advancements such as the curing of cancers, for which OHSU recently took $200 million from the people of Oregon).

  10. Division Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Must be able to negotiate a good compensation package

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

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