UW Medicine Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
84 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 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.  

    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.

  2.  

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

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

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time for 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
  3.  

    Good benefits but no career path in IT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time for 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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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Software Engineer (ITS)

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time for more than a 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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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