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OHSU Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
148 Reviews
3.6
148 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to coast through your career

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are great. Work life balance is very good. There is very little pressure to complete projects on time.

    Cons

    Low risk tolerance discourages innovation and initiative. Focus is on doing things the same way it's been done for years. Very little collaboration between teams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop accepting the status quo. Allow employees more freedom to suggest changes and be willing to take some risks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looks great, then trouble.

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful location and facilities.
    Excellent CORE facilities.

    Cons

    No mid-career guidance or direction.
    Little to no $ commitment from OHSU after startup despite HUGE $ donations.
    Focus is on the few major scientists
    Dept micromanaging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some Depts are run by abusive Chairs that OHSU os fearful to challenge despite documented abuse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great and friendly place to work, but offers a very expensive insurance.

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

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

    Pros

    It is a hospital campus with research involved. I worked at one of the research buildings and I liked it. People are friendly and hardworking for sure. It is a very clean environment. I should also add that it is a very competitive place to work at. I see that as a good thing. They encourage their employees to live a healthy life by promoting cheaper insurance in return of proven active life.

    Cons

    The insurance they offer is very expensive and they do not accept every other insurances to start working there. At least that is how it was.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    An organization without a soul

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits
    They do hire really smart and competent people

    Cons

    Right hand doesn't know what the left had is doing
    People burn out in less than a year
    Is a bit of a boys club
    Complete lack of transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Healthcare organization that consistently pursues excellence and innovation.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PAS Resource Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - PAS Resource Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Supportive management, top notch professionals, compassionate care for both patients and employees, thorough training of new hires, friendly fellow employees.

    Cons

    Since it is so large, there are times when certain protocol within each department is not very clear and defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please continue keeping an "open door" policy and being transparent with your employees. Also, continue to hire people with both business savvy and a heart for patients--they are total assets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    Good benefit friendly people, great benefits.

    Cons

    none that I can think of

  11.  

    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

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