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University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.7 553 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(106 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good(in 38 reviews)

  • Very structured education system and great benefits for student(in 47 reviews)


Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe(in 15 reviews)

  • Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected)(in 13 reviews)

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    Great place unless you aren't an academic

    Program Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsU Pass, access to campus facilities, benefits are good

    ConsIf you don't have a PhD, you will find yourself regularly treated like a second class citizen. The corporate culture is deplorable. If you think UW isn't a business, you would be wrong. If you are considering applying as an administrator, know that you will never get a day off and everyone's problems will be your job. Faculty and graduate students expect you to be their slave, and this is born out by HR.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvestigate high turnover in administrative positions and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    "Lifer" so far

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe benefits are great, the Seattle campus is easy to get to from surrounding neighborhoods North + West of campus and downtown (cannot speak to other areas); some good people to interact with.

    ConsPoor future career prospects; office politics will make-or-break your experience; may run into unmotivated/worn down colleagues, or those who should have been let go a long time ago. (It is difficult to fire within the UW.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work for a grad student

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGood benefits, flexible hours for students and wide variety of co-workers

    ConsTypical bureaucracy issues and limited resources

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You'll be told your place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA diverse population and great research.

    ConsManagement is increasing selected by relations and degrees from outside universities, few with management experience or training. If you come with work experience and intelligence only you will be told your place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart training staff and promoting from within the people that care about the campus and students.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it has great benefits but it is not helpful to facilitate employee promotions, salary raises, visas

    Research Scientist IV (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosyou can have access to state-of-the-art classes and libraries and seminars and courses
    the health and dental benefits are great
    the vacation leave and sick leave are reasonable

    Consit is very hard to obtain promotions
    it is impossible to obtain salary raises
    it is hard to access knowlegeable HR people

    Advice to Senior Managementemployee should be able to meet with HR without supervisor or department approval and salary and promotion should be discussed with empoyee and commuittee external to department

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lucky to work for a good director.

    IT Project Manager (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosamazing work life balance
    super supportive director
    casual dress
    fantastic benefits
    work for a good cause

    Consreally difficult for salary to keep up when moving to a new role. i started out with an amazing salary for the role but got promoted several times and the salary just couldn't keep up with the increase in responsibility. also, there are a lot of "career" employees who are super set in their ways and hinder progress.

    Advice to Senior Managementless "town hall" style meetings. so dull!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for the right person

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsInteresting people, great students, good benefits. Can provide a great springboard into management if you are in the right office. Opportunity to study with the tuition benefit is great.

    ConsGrowth is non-existent, people stay too long in their jobs, highly political and bureaucratic, slow moving to make decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining for managers is needed, a better review cycle is needed, authentic leadership would be helpful, succession planning would also be nice

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    rewarding

    Graduate Instructor (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsLove connecting with my students

    ConsLarge class size in my english workshop

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very reasonable

    Senior Operator (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsVery flexible schedule, and good work life balance

    ConsClient difficulties, lack of co-worker relationships. Little activities for employees to bond

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain operators more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Research Assistant II (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsTop notch facilities; knowledgeable and talented PI's; flexible work schedule; discounted Orca Pass; supportive faculty, staff, and PI's.

    ConsNone. I love working here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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