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University of Washington Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
679 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Graduate Assistant

    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    I loved the ability to work in my department to support myself while going to school. In addition I felt like the experience added to my education. There is also something about hearing undergrads complain about tests and papers that made me want to NOT emulate them and maintain a positive attitude in my own classes.

    Cons

    The spike in workload generally corresponds to your own class deadlines. Depending on the complexity of grading, the time commitment can be a real burden for low pay.

    Recommends
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    Great University for student positions.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and tuition reimbursement for student positions. Progressive employer with access to great educational and research resources.

    Cons

    20 Hours a week rarely means less than 30 hours a week when it comes to student positions. HR administrative staff depends on individual departments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    University of Washington

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work life balance is pretty good. PM doesn't always push you very hard so you won't be stressful for all the time.

    Cons

    I haven't figured out yet.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    World class research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Hugely collaborative environment, lots of good scientific talks, long history of success

    Cons

    It's competitive, you have to stand out to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    The UW is a great place to work. They offer good benefits and the people are nice.

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

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of resources at such a large organization. Good benefits.

    Cons

    big organization can be intimidating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better paternity leave options.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    I loved the work, but the hassle of being a part time instructor is not worth it in the long term.

    Former Employee - Instructor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    I loved working with highly engaged, intelligent students and interesting colleagues in a place with lots opportunities for collaboration and research and where there was always something new to learn.

    Cons

    Working in an interdisciplinary field that crossed departments led to many administrative headaches that could have been avoided by a stronger central presence. Also, being adjunct faculty hired on a course-by-course basis, with the corresponding do-I-have-a-salary-and-benefits-for the next -12-weeks-or-not dance rapidly lost its charm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that the University is a business in addition to being a place of higher learning and research. However, valuing good instructors and encouraging them to stay long term requires giving them positions, including salaries and benefits, they can rely on for more than a quarter at a time.

  8.  

    Student coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, nice customers

    Cons

    Part time job, low pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    The campus is great. That includes both the buildings and office space as well as the beautiful surroundings. Compensation is fair, especially insurances etc. The CSE department is prestigious and attracts crazy good people.

    Cons

    The size of the department is almost too big. It's difficult to meet and socialize with people.

  10.  

    Great place, great people, great benefit

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Interesting job, beautiful campus, stimulating community.

    Cons

    Very large mechanism, huge organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Part Time Contract

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    I get to work at my own pace.

    Cons

    Pay is low, but I am just part-time and on contract, so that is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

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