UW Medicine Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
81 Reviews

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Pros
  • State employees have great benefits but don't seem to care about the organization they work for (in 11 reviews)

  • Steady secure employer with good benefits (in 6 reviews)


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

  • Upper management is pretty hard core (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    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.

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    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.

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    Slow in implementing changes

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    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.

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  5.  

    Good to pay your rent

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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
  6.  

    Such high hopes, but sadly disappointed

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    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time for 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
  7.  

    Very little room to grow

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Easy to get the job.

    Cons

    Supervisor is not clear, and leave little room for students to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    A unique and exciting place to work in IT

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    Current Employee - Senior Computer Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I've never been board working with in the IT field at UW Medicine, there are always new and strange opportunities to expand my knowledge of systems and network administration. Other than salary they offer great benefits.

    Cons

    It is not the most competitive financial compensation place to work. There has been only one salary increase for pro staff employees since 2008 and that was in 2013.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with financial compensation and more frequent salary increases or more IT staff will leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Difficult culture

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Director in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    State employees have great benefits but don't seem to care about the organization they work for. The location in Seattle is good. Many people work here and don't leave.

    Cons

    Leaders and staff put their own personal interests ahead of the organization's well-being. This results in a very challenging and disappointing culture, which is often surprisingly hostile.

    The environment lacks teamwork and communication is quite poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be helpful to support the mission of the organization and put this ahead of your career ambitions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place with plenty of learning opportunities and career advancement

    Current Employee - Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diversity at workplace and decent benefits are two things, UWMC is well Known for..
    Because of research in UWMC, you are always part of the cutting edge technology in all departments.
    What is not to like; at the end of your shift, you will always feel better that your day made someone and their family feel better.

    Cons

    Sometimes, you feel that there is no sense of urgency.

  11.  

    Top notch medical providers and great patient population, but horrible administration

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The patients you serve, doctors, nurses and staff who truly care about 'Patient's First." The history of the facilities. The contact with some extremely intelligent people who provide innovative and responsive medical care.

    Cons

    The administration who are so far removed from patient contact they could care less except for their status, salary and power. No personal growth opportunity. Expect 50 to 60 hours of work for 40 hours salary. (Administration does not manage the physicians or nurses btw). Administration does very little work except for holding meetings and reading email. Departments are compartmentalized and territorial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next time the University needs to tighten its budget, why not have all the administrators that earn over $80K take a 10% salary cut, rather than squeeze it out of the workforce who are doing the work and demonstrating that "Patients are First".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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