UW Medicine Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company...not so excellent coworkers...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Phlebotomist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at UW Medicine part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to work for where you can grow and advance.

    Cons

    Coworkers make you miserable because they are miserable.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your word!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Feudal Kingdoms

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good health Benefits, bright people, some opportunity for creativity

    Cons

    Soft money harder and harder to come by, PI is ruler of his domain.


  3. I've been working at UWMC for 5 years.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


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  5. Job description doesn't reflect job

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, (most) of my colleagues are fantastic human beings, my director is amazing

    Cons

    Inconsistent pay for same job (my predecessor made nearly 35k more than my initial offer because I was an internal hire - I mean, you do realize state employee salaries are public record, right?), overworked, under appreciated - "vacation" means nothing because once you get back to work, you have 2 weeks of backlog waiting for you. There is no coverage in my specific field which means taking time-off means almost nothing. I often work while claiming vacation hours.

     There is very little corrective action taken against MDs who can be down-right abusive. Some MDs have unbelievably unrealistic expectations and create additional work out of thin air even when one is struggling to keep up with other demands (which also came out of thin are). Multiple complaints have been made against specific MDs yet I have seen no change in behavior. This is very in consistent with Studer principles.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to tout being a world-class institution that utilizes Studer principles (which I think are amazing) then these principles need to be applied across the board. Remember ... employee satisfaction = patient satisfaction. It's right there in the Studer material you freely provide.


  6. Great environment

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

    I worked at UW Medicine

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good people and good opportunities to move up

    Cons

    a bit unorganized and slow when making changes

    Advice to Management

    Better communication between staff and departments


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disconnect between leadership and rank and file

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  8. great work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Current employee

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

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

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

    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 Management

    Get it together!


  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 Management

    None at the moment.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.



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