University of Washington
3.7 of 5 550 reviews
www.washington.edu Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.7 550 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(104 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good"
    in 36 reviews
  • "Very structured education system and great benefits for student"
    in 38 reviews
Cons:
  • "low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe"
    in 15 reviews
  • "State university so budget cuts in the lats 5 years have been bad"
    in 12 reviews
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    Great for students as a secodn job

    Student Assistant (Current Employee)
    Tacoma, WA

    ProsEasy, can be a student and work

    Conswork follows you home, pay and hours are low

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less money on pointless stuff

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

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    Good mission, reasonably good management

    Analyst (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsWell-run organization, for the most part
    Convenient location
    The mission is excellent, whether you're in medicine or education
    Colleagues are generally very committed and skilled (little dead wood)
    Good benefits, although the cost share for medical benefits is creeping up (~$80/mo, for an OK plan)

    ConsJob security is low
    Unless you can take a bus there, transportation and parking are difficult and expensive. Subsidized transit pass helps.
    Skills and job training aren't free (your department has to pay)
    Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected)

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm sure they're aware of anything I could say here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    it's a good place to work at.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    Prosthe weather is moderate and the people are nice. The technology scene is vibrating.

    ConsSometimes it can get really gloomy over the winter. The management is not top-tier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet people from broader scientific background in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people to work with

    ConsFar away from one building to the other

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    Academic atmosphere with great benefits

    Web Developer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsFair compensation, good insurance benefits, 403(b) investment options & match are nice (though match varies based on age, contributions are also mandatory after 1 year; I've never seen this before), access to WA State 457(b), flexible work environment, great work life balance, good professional development opportunities (conferences, workshops, learning materials, "POD" classes, some tuition reimbursement but it's tough to use), plenty of smart motivated people all around the University, pay increases are merit based and beat inflation, low cost unlimited use transit pass (or free with paid parking on campus), good bike accessibility but could embrace bike-commute culture more (showers in buildings and more indoor bike storage, please?).

    Beautiful campus with a thriving academic culture and serious student involvement. You really get out of this place what you put in to it. If you embrace the culture, and embrace "the U", you can have an amazing work experience here.

    ConsThe commute can be hard (time consuming) if you live more than a few miles away from campus. Parking on campus is expensive. Housing & rent prices are expensive near campus. Vacation time is so-so, only 3 weeks to start and you don't reach 4 until your 6th year, this maxes out just shy of 5 weeks in your 9th year. Most graduate programs do not participate in tuition reimbursement (don't plan on getting a free graduate degree by working here).

    Departments on campus are very isolated and "do their own thing". Working for central IT would be a very different experience from working in a different unit or for one of the schools/colleges. This is both good and bad. On the good side, schools and colleges can develop their own culture, be extremely focused on their students, faculty, and researchers, meeting needs central IT never could. But on the downside, this leaves little room for advancement, many smaller IT units function more like a start up than a well oiled corporation (maybe this isn't bad?), and teams can be small, short staffed, and you might not have someone with advanced experience to learn from. This does afford a lot of freedom, and grant a lot of responsibility though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to provide great feedback to your employees so they know where they stand and what is expected of them. Shelter your employees from as much of the higher level bureaucracy as you can (there isn't a lot of it, but your employees shouldn't have to deal with most of it). Encourage professional development, allow and help your staff get involved in the greater campus community (give them time for this).

    Embrace modern management trends in the tech sector and trust your employees.

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

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    Work-Study at GU Cancer Research

    Student Assistant (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsBenefits are good & accessible at UW, even for temporary employees. The lab I worked in showed great flexibility in striking a good work-life balance - work didn't interfere with my studies.

    ConsWages are flat & low for research associates at the lab I work in, leading to discontent. Work-study positions afford limited learning opportunities - the only skill sets I acquired were processing blood samples and handling biohazardous waste properly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work, collaborative and friendly work environment. There is a lot of flexiblity.

    Librarian (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsHigh quality faculty and staff.

    ConsLike any large university, there is a lot of bureaucracy

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    Lots of opportunities.

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat benefits. Lots of opportunities for every kind if specialty and most position allow for some degree of flex or alternate schedule.

    ConsBe careful not to get yourself boxed into a dead end career track. Many units and research centers are siloed and can offer only so much advancement before a lateral move becomes a necessity.

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

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    Nice place to gain some work experience for your next job

    Acting Instructor (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsLots of faculties to interact with

    ConsPay is too low, work stressful at times

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    being a grad student sucks

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsIt is nice to have funding to attend conferences around the country. You get good public speaking skills.

    ConsThere is no concept of work life balance. You're supposed to work 60+ hour weeks yet be happy with salary policies that assume 20 hr weeks. There is no time for teaching but that is required too. The health insurance sucks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople go to grad school to learn, but they are also at the time usually adults in their mid-late 20s or older with bills to pay and families. Being treated like students despite working full-time robs us of dignity and financial benefits (like decent health insurance).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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