UW Medicine Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
87 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • State employees have great benefits but don't seem to care about the organization they work for (in 12 reviews)

  • Review for UW Medicine IT: Good benefits and work-life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • low pay, terrible CEO just got fired (in 4 reviews)

  • The supervisors and upper management were punitive and treated staff like children (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very Pleasant

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at UW Medicine

    Pros

    Very caring facility. Work environment is excellent.

    Cons

    Did not experience any con's to report.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at the moment.

  2.  

    UW Medicine is purely concerned about profits; not healthcare as they proclaim.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Claims Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    UW Medicine/UW Physicians pays fairly well and had decent benefits. When I first began working there, the management style was relaxed and caring.

    Cons

    As the organization grew and as management changed, the focus changed from providing excellent service to patients, to how can we, as a non-profit organization, increase our profits. Benefits were reduced or eliminated and the organization continued to violate both federal and state employment laws.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as you would want to be treated. Think about your actions and compare them to how you would feel if you were an employee and not a manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Good benefits but no career path in IT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Review for UW Medicine IT: Good benefits and work-life balance. Very low turnover (<8%) in IT so less time on building new relationship (could be a con here as well).

    Cons

    Review for UW Medicine IT: No vision from the top to incorporate new or innovative technologies. No career path within departments. No motivations the top on bring teams together or encourage proactive dynamics between teams. Upper management seems very disconnected or not interested in using technologies to increase efficiency or performance. Provides little to non-existent training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Almost everything in cons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Office politics of a soap opera nature make the job harder than it has to be.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The UW collegiate environment, the central Seattle locations, combination of vacation & holidays observed (as a State job).

    Cons

    Ambitious personalities often make working on projects as a team difficult. Administrators and managers use fear as a management technique, constantly 'reminding' everyone that they are expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain a better understanding of the work you manage, try doing the work for a bit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Overall great teamwork and communication in laboratory medicine.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UW Medicine

    Pros

    Best part is being on the campus near the water and eases of getting to and from work for all shifts.

    Cons

    One of the challenges working in laboratory medicine the medical center was being understaffed and a lack of continuity.

  7.  

    RN

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UW Medicine

    Pros

    At the inpatient area, the managers train you well.

    Cons

    The outpatient area has near zero nursing training.

  8.  

    Slow in implementing changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Stability, job security, work/life balance

    Cons

    Very difficult to get pay increases, bad management and leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To attract and keep talented people you need a better way of advertising positions and more importantly somehow incentive or show some appreciation to the "high" performance workers. Otherwise, there is no "real" reason to stay here or work harder.

  9.  

    Software Engineer (ITS)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Laid-back environment. Ok benefits. Good vacation time.

    Cons

    Management at UW Medicine ITS department is as incompetent as it could get. They have no idea how things work and hence, asking for very strange things to be done.
    Management is highly self-centered and having no clue where it is going.
    Highly inefficient in the work they are doing.
    Extremely politicized environment. Washington state needs to cut a lot staff at this place. Half the people can do the same job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Such high hopes, but sadly disappointed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits offered, exciting work environments, and a leader in healthcare.

    Cons

    Training not sufficient, not ideal to travel to daily (took 4 hours daily for commute via Metro), advancement not easy to come by, and after you separate from employment they say it will take 6-8 weeks for your final benefits check to be processed and received (this was a lie as well, it took 10 weeks).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the needs of your employees. For goodness sakes they are the ones doing the tasks and most likely know what will be the best workflow to benefit the teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Good to pay your rent

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UW Medicine

    Pros

    Easy to work, simple stuff, not challenging

    Cons

    Boring, sometime doing a lot of repeat work

    Doesn't Recommend

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