University of Washington Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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Pros
  • Commitment to work/life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits - continue your education for free (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary, demanding hours and lack of task variety (in 18 reviews)

  • Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected) (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Great University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    A very nice campus. Good food, good people

    Cons

    Rains too much. The campus is still too small.


  2. Technology Project Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment. Flexible schedules and collaborative culture.

    Cons

    No cons that I would consider serious

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Good 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Casual working environment, flexible hours, allows creativity, and employees get 6cr free tuition per quarter. GREAT benefits

    Cons

    Supervisors lack proper training and the hiring process is a little informal. Pay isn't like what the same title would make in industry but that's expected in academia.

    Advice to Management

    UW should require training for all supervisors or managers. Get better purchasing procedures in place for employees.


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  5. Graduate Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of schedule flexibility, and it is inspiring to work among incredibly smart people at a premier research institution.

    Cons

    As with most companies, there is no shortage of politics or bureaucracy that can affect your experience if you let it.


  6. Graduate research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington (Less than a year)

    Pros

    friendly learning and working environment

    Cons

    it is great to work at UW


  7. Research Assistantship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Relatively good stipend. Good research environment.

    Cons

    Nothing to find, but year round rainy season in NW region.


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    Challenging and Rewarding Work

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    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Academic Counselor in Seattle, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, some flexibility in work hours, professional development encouraged, challenging job that keeps you learning, satisfying to help students and recruit students to STEM programs.

    Cons

    Systems are numerous, redundant and not as integrated and seamless as they could be. Advising, payroll, purchasing and registration systems are getting better, but are often clunky and not well explained. Work culture caters to faculty, and staff are there to serve them, as well as students. Much of STEM related department leadership dominated by male faculty who are not necessarily capable/experienced managers. Tendency to be hypercritical of minor errors; annual evaluations can be more focused on weaknesses, rather than balanced assessment of successes and recognition of strengths, and development of goals.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty who lead departments need to take advantage of professional development opportunities to improve interpersonal communication and management. Departments would benefit by improving diversity of faculty and hiring more women.


  9. Alright position

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really good place to work if you are a current student. The hours are flexible and the university is always willing to work around your schedule.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be grueling and you are unappreciated. However, you will get noticed after your hard work and determination.

    Advice to Management

    With the new raise in minimum wage, I believe that this should be a great position for any college student. Make sure to accommodate each working student to ensure they are getting what they deserve.


  10. Good place to grow professionally

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

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, opportunities to learn new things and stretch into new areas, good benefits and great work-life balance with lots of freedom

    Cons

    No mentorship, sink-or-swim way of bringing people into higher levels of responsibility, everyone for himself culture

    Advice to Management

    More help for junior scientist figuring out the business part of being a researcher. More investment in young talent.


  11. Opportunity to move around

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    -if you are interested in fundraising, this is a great place to kick off your career

    Cons

    -if you aren't interested in fundraising, there aren't many opportunities within advancement



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