OHSU Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  2. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Help pay tuition, teach spanish classes, great benefits.

    Cons

    Cannot park on campus, very male dominated

    Advice to Management

    Make sure there is no gender discrimination in salaries.


  3. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Middle management experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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


  6. Nice research place

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR

    I have been working at OHSU

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible, freedom in research directions

    Cons

    few people to discuss the research work on computer science.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the biomedical engineering subject.


  7. good

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    variety lots of opportunity and friendly, retirement

    Cons

    parking fees, benefits going down,


  8. Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    pay is low, limited personal growth

    Advice to Management

    Hospital is great but research side needs to get more professional


  9. Trying to live up to the hype?

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Biomedical research opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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