University of Washington Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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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. Research Mnager

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    Current Employee - Resrach in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Resrach in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good work life balance

    Cons

    Work hours, lack of parking

    Advice to Management

    none

  2. Fantastic opportunities for learning and growing in your profession

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Gaining experience in one of the top research libraries in the country is an invaluable experience for an early career librarian. The time you spend at UW will help you remain highly employable.

    Cons

    Conversely, there's a glut of librarians in this town, so finding a full-time position at UW is a challenge. It's a very large organization, so it's easy to feel disconnected from your colleagues, many of whom you may never meet.

  3. You will feel overworked and underpaid but everything you do is ultimately for your benefit

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

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Fund your PhD without accruing more student debt.
    - High-expectations encourage you to do good work.
    - Supportive environment.
    - Good work leads to publications, which boost your CV.

    Cons

    - You're expected to work considerably more than the 20 hours you're paid for.
    - Work can be very isolated unless you're part of a collaborative research group.
    - It's easy to get lost in the crowd.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the space on campus for graduate students - it will lead to more effective collaborations and ultimately better research.

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  5. Graphic Designer in Marketing and Communications

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great variety of projects; excellent team of people; our end users are students and it is a challenge and a lot of fun designing for them; a lot of opportunities for change and advancement on campus; many educational opportunities as well.

    Cons

    Not all design positions are professional (meaning they are union positions) which is very difficult to change; difficult hierarchy of clients and management to navigate, can run into lots of red tape.

    Advice to Management

    All design positions should be categorized as professional, because we are required to have a degree.

  6. Awesome atmosphere

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Great health and retirement benefits, great people, beautiful campus, tuition exemption benefits, telecommute friendly if the job allows, environmentally sensitive

    Cons

    Could have better transit offerings, different departments seem to have difficulty working together, administratively speaking, some of the buildings/work areas are very old and smelly

    Advice to Management

    Encourage interdepartmental collaboration

  7. it is a warm family

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

    I worked at University of Washington

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good IT manager, who loves to teach and discuss with you on issues.

    Cons

    Time schedule is too fixed

  8. part time employee

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    Current Employee - Support Staff in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    full benefits, some flex in schedule, beautiful campus, lots of services on and near campus, easy bus commute

    Cons

    mgmt lets some employees are able to do little work and rely on other people, sometimes inconsistent with communicating expectations

    Advice to Management

    hold all employees accountable for own performance/workload in a fair and uniform way. reward those who are at or above expectations on performance

  9. University is a Great Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great coworkers, socially conscious employer

    Cons

    bad managers, difficult to remove poor performers

  10. Post-Doc to Acting Instructor

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    Current Employee - Acting Instructor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Acting Instructor in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible environment with process for keeping 'experienced-post docs'. Tons of resources if you don't mind digging. Fantastic location if you like outdoor activities - sailing, hiking, climbing, biking.

    Cons

    U. Washington is a big enough work environment that it is easy to vanish into the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please make the internal UW job search page searchable by keywords rather than just the job number.

  11. Fantastic university for on-campus jobs!

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant
    Current Employee - Student Assistant

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Amazing support from staff
    -Flexible work schedules
    -Fun co-workers
    -Actual opportunities to move up within a department
    -Open communication with managers

    Cons

    -Occasional mundane tasks
    -Lack of exciting assignments
    -Low pay
    -No benefits for students besides pay (obviously)

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