OHSU Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
142 Reviews
3.7
142 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    A not highly demanding work environment where a premium is placed on "work-life balance"

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

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are committed and competent generally, and care about the mission of the organization.

    Cons

    In IT, the groups are silo'ed, money is tight, and there is by necessity a much higher value placed on keeping the lights on than on innovating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't undertake initiatives unless you know you can follow through with them. Have at least a "guerrilla team" of people whose primary role is to take on pilot projects geared to bringing OHSU technology into the 22nd century.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are in a department where you're appreciated, it is a fantastic place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    There are great benefits! As a student, working in a vibrant research community and university is a huge plus. There's always an opportunity to learn something new and interesting people to network with! It's a friendly environment overall and many choose to make long term careers here.

    Cons

    OHSU is a massive employer and as a result it can be painfully slow to get some things accomplished. There are also some departments that have less appreciation for the employees in service oriented roles. These individuals are the face of the department and often are the people that leave a lasting impression on visitors. The crazy scheduling and poor treatment can really have a dehumanizing effect and majorly impacts morale. Be kind to the cashiers, baristas, room service, and maintenance/custodial people you encounter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little appreciation can go a long way! The majority of managers and departments are outstanding but there are always a few bad apples.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefit friendly people, great benefits.

    Cons

    none that I can think of

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  5.  

    Good company trying to make a difference

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

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Seeing an impact in the quality of care, the impact or research and the education of health care providers

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't work there.

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

    I worked at OHSU part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience if you need to start out. Start out with 4 weeks of vacation. I retired from there under PERS.

    Cons

    Poor HR, no parking, low pay. Poor treatment of Veterans. Salary does not grow with inflation or anything else. RN's with same experience make more than the NP's. 12 hour shifts are too long in a health care field.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    uncaring, low pay, no parking.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    friendly staff, nice cafeteria, great view of the river

    Cons

    management is self serving and working there is like a work mill for low pay, no pay raise entire tenure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    People here are nice but opportunities are limited.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work environment. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Limited career development. Not too much jobs availabe in the city.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intellectually stimulating in my chosen profession.

    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Pharmacist in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Many learning resources at one's disposal.

    Cons

    Sometimes one gets a bad preceptor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management leads to knee jerk reactions

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    You could get away with doing almost no work.
    If union, you'll get a pay raise regardless of quality of work.

    Cons

    I got jerked around the whole time I was there, we kept starting projects and then scrapping them. In a year of work we managed to accomplish nothing. I left for a better company before they laid off my co-workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a plan and stick to it regardless of how things go quarter to quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good but not great.

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

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

    Pros

    Dedicated community of medical professionals.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance your career and easy to get locked into roles. Company has record in profits (2012) but is actively cutting employee benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more avenues for advancement and career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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