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University of Washington Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
607 Reviews
3.8
607 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 43 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.  

    Great place to work with excellent support services

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The UW has an entire office dedicated to visa sponsorship support. There is also the opportunity to take UW classes and of course the great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of broad career training for postdoctoral fellows. Any training is highly academia focused and not enough information or training is provided to help postdocs make the transition into alternative careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The UW is training and producing a huge number of postdoctoral fellows. The training is geared towards academia but the numbers do not add up. There are far more postdocs that academic positions. Postdocs need broader career advice and tools to make them attractive to local companies. Make postdoc aware of alternatives to academia and organize site visits to local companies.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great location

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    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Great location, great school. If you have grant to pay yourself, you will be fine. If you boss paid you, you have to suck up people.

    Cons

    Poor pay. Postdoc is supposed to be only a short-term job. But most people I know stay in the same lab for three + years.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Jobs

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    Current Employee - Preventative Maintenance Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Preventative Maintenance Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The job is close to the campus and idea for students since the commute is very easy to make. The job isn't all that demanding.

    Cons

    The tasks and organization of certain things can seem wasteful at times. Difficult to change things and implement larger changes. Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look over things more carefully and look for large areas of improvement. Cut out what is unnecessary and keep the rest.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Product Management Consultant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Management Consultant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Great perks and overall nice atmosphere

    Cons

    None, long work hours and great mismanagemnt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  6.  

    Uw is an awesome school. Especially the Computer science department.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    It has great career fairs.

    Cons

    Class sizes can be a little too big and overwhelming.

  7.  

    nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Nice faculty and staff on campus

    Cons

    Mechanical Engineering Building is not nice

  8.  

    It all depends on your goals

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom on time management and really good medical and retirement benefits

    Cons

    Chances are that you can have a jerk of a boss, or you can have a boring project that doesn't let you grow. You always depend on grants and money for science is getting shorter and shorter each year.

    Recommends
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    Editor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Long work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Good place

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    Former Employee - Host in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Host in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good entry level jobs and fun people

    Cons

    Low pay, hard during studying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the workers who are detailed

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  11.  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There is good facilities and people are very motivated and take their work serious, although potentially a little too serious. The location is incredible and very beautiful.

    Cons

    There is too much focus on the publishing papers versus teaching and actual learning, its just another major research university that is focussed on prestige and not learning.

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