University of Washington Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 44 reviews)

  • There is also the opportunity to take UW classes and of course the great benefits (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe (in 18 reviews)

  • Do not expect the sort of salary increases that the private sector offers (in 14 reviews)

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  1. It was a good expierience for me working in an unknown environment.

    Former Employee - Student Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There was a great energy when coming into work. All my coworkers semed to get alone and everyone worked hard to make things run smoothly.I really enjoyed my expierience.

    Cons

    There really were not any negatives about working in this job. It would be really hard for me to complain about this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have any advice for the management. What they are doing is very good and that is a testiment to how well run this company is run.

  2. Great place to work. Huskies are great people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    It is great working on campus.

    Cons

    Typical Bureaucracy. Not a lot of care goes into tailoring experience for the student.

  3. Great spot

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    It's an incredible gem in Seattle, with the best academic facilities around. Like all universities, things vary by department.

    Cons

    I feel like UW salaries are a little lower than their peers at other universities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's always hard to apply these questions to giant universities. I'm not sure university management even has the levers to change things down at the lab level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, beautiful campus and top 10 campus.

    Cons

    No upward mobility for job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs yearly training on communication and retreats for staff that have been there for more than 5 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. State employer, but similar to working for a large corporation.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Flexible hours make the job fun.

    Cons

    Regimented pay structure make advancement difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employees in the middle.

  7. Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    open, friendly, nice research equipment, and supportive

    Cons

    benefit is not very good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more chances to develop new employee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I love the students and my coworkers at UW Seattle. Great environment and workplace!

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    Current Employee - Part Time Letcturer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Part Time Letcturer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Opportunity to join a world class group of faculty and researchers. Students are eager to learn. Most classes are scheduled on a 2 day block, either M/W or T/Th, which allows for a great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Parking at the Seattle campus is over crowded, inconvenient, and expensive. The meal options on campus are vast, but the lines are long and time between classes is short. Suggest bringing your own lunch or take a brisk walk to University Ave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Include part-time faculty at one or two faculty meetings per year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great people, great care.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Friendly, genuine, understanding. Everyone working there is very qualified.

    Cons

    With any sort of healthcare related field, there is bound to be lots of regulation that slows everything down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for greater advancement opportunities to avoid churn.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Relaxed student job working with interesting people and technology

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

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    -Working with cutting edge technology
    -Getting to know top researchers in the field
    -World class research university
    -Beautiful campus
    -Extremely flexible hours
    -Good opportunities to learn more about the field

    Cons

    -Low pay
    -Limited hours (hired on grant funding)
    -Few opportunities for working directly with faculty
    -No benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider setting aside money to keep on student employees year-round. Working for the UW was an extremely valuable opportunity for an engineering student; I would recommend keeping a couple part time positions open and cycling interested candidates through every quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great learning experience

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager, Center for Commercialization in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager, Center for Commercialization in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working for UW was my first job out of college. I worked there for 4 years, with the same department, and truly loved the experience. UW is a very large institution, and while they can't pay as competitively as the private sector, they make sure to take great care of their employees through benefit offerings and associated job perks.

    In addition, I was the youngest person by far to be working in my department. I felt that all of my peers had my best interests in mind and genuinely wanted to support my personal development and opportunities to further my career.

    Cons

    Well, UW is an academic institution and as such they put a heavy emphasis on research (as they should). They are also the #1 federally funded institution in the country, with $1.5B dollars in federal money per year. With that in mind, if you are a not a PhD, JD, or have plans to pursue a higher level degree beyond a bachelors, it becomes very difficult to move up in the ranks. I found myself hitting a significant plateau after about 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I would have would be to keep doing what you're doing. Like I said above, UW is a major academic institution and the administration has it running on all cylinders. Some unique challenges that I think UW faces as a major academic player are getting bogged down in bureaucracy, and politics. I know this comes with the territory, so I don't have any suggestions at this time on how to mitigate it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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