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UW Medicine Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
95 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
  • The supervisors and upper management were punitive and treated staff like children (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    I've been working at UWMC for 5 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great organization to work for. Best example I have found thus far of combining actually interesting work and people, in a place that really supports its employees to have a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    As any large organization, there happen to be times when the processes move slowly. Overall I think the culture is beginning to really catch up with a more rapid pace of change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep embracing change and integrating ideas from the outside world of technology management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UW Medicine

    Pros

    Good people and good opportunities to move up

    Cons

    a bit unorganized and slow when making changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between staff and departments

    Recommends
  3.  

    Some good people, managed by some very bad political people

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at UW Medicine as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots to do! Lots to fix! Enthusiastic coworkers.

    Cons

    Call it turf wars in a large company, but processes, procedures, and departments are set up that are managed "politically" -- too much grandstanding and too little attention to the real problems: managers do not address fundamental underlying incompatibility across software products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product knowledge that ignores interoperability of software versions for MAJOR data (at the server level) is irresponsible; those with the best knowledge fall prey to grandstanding incompetents.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Disconnect between leadership and rank and file

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

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very good people work here.

    Cons

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen such a disconnect between rank and file, and the response from administration and leadership. I don’t see any connection here – concerns are either ignored or derided, and I see no evidence that input from "worker bees" is absorbed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ditch the top-down style, and ask people (preferably one-on-one) what they need to succeed.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    great work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    working with patients who value the care and help
    providing the best in medicine with the best minds in medicine
    quest for being the best
    shoulder to shoulder with the best physicians and academics minus big egos (amazing experience)
    dedicated staff who are truly professionals

    Cons

    pay is good but not always competitive but benefits package is much better average
    'the work is the reward' employee recognition a bit thin but it's a government gig, understandable
    culture transformation takes time, there is still a lot of top down directives without input/buy-in from stakeholders, those who will be impacted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the studer principles, resist the urge to revert to top-down orders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Current employee

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and some nice people to work with. Some flexibility with work schedule. Good place to start healthcare career.

    Cons

    Terrible management! Some folks get to telecommute as often as they want and others are not allowed to, management picks who they want in a position based on their likes and relationship. There's zero advancement, unless you go outside your team. Too many unproductive meetings. A lot of debates between entities. Terrible commute!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    uw

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    Former Contractor - Trainer
    Former Contractor - Trainer

    I worked at UW Medicine as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    very long go live in speciality depts

    Cons

    no workflow was developed for the specialty departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Wonderful nurse co-workers, but too often nursing is understaffed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Registered Nurse Per Diem in Seattle, WA
    Current Contractor - Registered Nurse Per Diem in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful nurse co-workers; continuing nurse education; supportive direct management

    Cons

    Per-diem pay is low; upper management often prioritized profit above all else; clinic is often understaffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your nurses and nurses union - they are the primary advocates for your patients.

    Recommends
  10.  

    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.

  11.  

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

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    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

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