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OHSU Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
147 Reviews
3.6
147 Reviews
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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
  • 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.  

    Okay place to work if you are not ambitious

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Low intensity employer, good benefits, relatively stable

    Cons

    Not for high performers, poor management/leadership, very insular and antiquated ways of thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in fresh blood from outside for key leadership positions to diversify the deeply ingrained, insular perspectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Creative Web Development opportunities very limited

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Originally I had a full-time position and left it to take an hourly temporary position. I sacrificed longer-term stability, benefits and job security for flexibility... but gained ultimately flexibility including the ability to telecommute (work from home or almost anywhere with internet access).

    Cons

    As a temporary hourly employee, sometimes I don't get work for months. Obviously this can be rough and requires me to get other work or be able to manage a grossly fluctuating income. Before 2014 it also meant being responsible for my own health care coverage. In terms of the work itself, I am under-utilized and unsure of how to get more work, and/or more creative work, within OHSU.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Large institution focused on health and advancement of their employees

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Good resources, free programs for employee health, positive work environment

    Cons

    Large place so departments don't talk to each other, redundancy, paperwork takes a long time to process sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    job advancement

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

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

    Pros

    Nice are to live and work environment

    Cons

    difficult to commute to work, too expensive parking, no parking compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very low visibility for advancement for lower level job employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, yet limited ambition

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were great, people were really nice. I loved my managers! It was an organized place to work.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move up because it is based on seniority. The price for parking was awful, but fortunately they gave a small stipend for biking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that if you see promise in someone, that you can allow them to grow. It will keep your strongest employees around longer!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place for a non-medical professional

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation, education opportunities, great infrastructure

    Cons

    May be "innovative" on the medical side (never worked at another hospital), but from what I saw, doctors and nurses were very reluctant to adopt new technologies on the administrative side. Poor training for managers and worked for very few good ones while there. HR is a robotic nightmare who take the manager's side in most conflicts. Union-busting/degredation is a pleasurable pastime for HR/Legal departments. Executive leadership is calcified, consultant depdendent and don't seem to know what's going on below their ivory towers. This is a giant organization-quit trying to get larger. Get good at what's already there. Quit ghetto-izing central services. Enough with the constant budget-scolding and every four year staff reductions. Ditch the outside consultants and gimmicky six sigma-esque programs. Spend the millions on training front line staff and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach all managers management. Assume they know nothing. Force them to meet one on one with employees often, if not weekly. They spend so much time in pointless meeting hashing over the same nonsense for years at a time that they don't know what's happening or are in crisis management more than day to day management. Do exit interviews.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great scientific community, many problems integrating research and clinical staff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    Some of the most cutting edge medical research in the world is happening here, led by great minds in all types of fields.

    Cons

    There is a lot of wasted time and energy in HR/etc. departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My personal manager is great, but there is a hardcore one size fits all approach to staff management that makes no sense with the way the university is set up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    OHSU is an okay place to work, but there are some problems.

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    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

    The work going on at OHSU is exciting and there are many features that are only available because OHSU is the main institution for the Oregon National research Primate center. If you work at the ONRPC, there is plenty of free parking and the traffic is not that bad.

    Cons

    The pay at OHSU is only given at the NIH standard for post-doctoral fellows. Also the medical insurance coverage is very restrictive with limited options and high costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Post doc benefits at OHSU

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

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

    Pros

    Good environment with public safety

    Cons

    Worst health insurance for Postdocs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Postdocs are not slaves

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A large, bureaucratic, slow-moving "enterprise" (review for IT only)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Systems Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Systems Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Work-life balance is great. Lots of meetings and project managers adept at Gantt chart maintenance. If you are looking for a rigid, non-challenging, conflict-free and risk-averse experience then work here. OHSU IT is not cutting-edge or creative.

    Cons

    If you are not management then you have to pay dues to the AFSCME union. For some this won't be a "con" but it seems unusual for IT (when I started I was hourly and had to clock in/out, many of us are now union salaried).

    OHSU is able to straddle the razor of for-profit/non-profit, but there is a lot of money wasted. The right-hand often doesn't know what the left-hand is doing. It's not always clear who does (or is repsonsible for) what. Management would rather way overspend on outside vendors than take responsiblity in-house. A CYA mentality that would seem to require fewer employees, yet there are a lot if non-IT people in OHSU IT (that's the nicest way I can put it.)

    There really is no entrepreneurial spirit at OHSU.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hmmm. Take early retirement?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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