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University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 556 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(108 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 39 reviews)

  • Very structured education system and great benefits for student (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe (in 15 reviews)

  • Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected) (in 13 reviews)

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    Entering UW as a Temp Not Recommended

    Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsIt's possible to build a reference base if you try moving into something permanent. Benefits apply the same to temps as they do everyone else, and they are quite good.

    ConsBased on my own experiences over 12 years working periodically at the UW in several different departments:

    • As a temp, or working in a fixed duration position, it is more likely than not that you will be routinely second-guessed, over-supervised, backstabbed, and generally unsupported by management and fellow workers. UW classified staff culture can include: Passive aggression and blatant exclusion, glacial bureaucracy, dated and chronically malfunctioning office equipment, and even explicit sexism of the "women are good at this, men not so much" variety. Some departments are not as bad as others, but generally, working as a temp for the UW is demeaning and soul-sucking. And if you file a complaint, don't expect Human Resources or other authorities to be honest, fair, or very effective at resolving conflicts.

    • For one of the country's most expensive and fastest growing cities, the pay is a joke.

    • If you are a women, you would be well advised to not walk alone past dark anywhere on campus, some areas not any time of day.

    • If you live 10 or more miles from the UW, plan on two hours minimum of daily commuting on a bus, walking or riding a bicycle, or competing for free, but exceedingly scarce, all day parking spaces a mile or further from your department. That, or you can choose to spend up to $1500 a year for an on-campus staff parking pass, that may or may not be reasonable walking distance from your department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is probably no point in advising management, as they appear to be systemically immune to reprimands of any real or lasting consequences.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place unless you aren't an academic

    Program Coordinator (Former Employee)

    ProsU Pass, access to campus facilities, benefits are good

    ConsIf you don't have a PhD, you will find yourself regularly treated like a second class citizen. The corporate culture is deplorable. If you think UW isn't a business, you would be wrong. If you are considering applying as an administrator, know that you will never get a day off and everyone's problems will be your job. Faculty and graduate students expect you to be their slave, and this is born out by HR.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvestigate high turnover in administrative positions and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No career progression here

    Research Scientist IV (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThere is no where to progress as a research scientist. I have never seen a contract or list of duties, and as such have worked doing a lot of things that I believe should be outside the job requirement (for example sys admin work)

    ConsUniversity takes 50% of grant money in overheads yet don't provide paper towels or hand soap.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not paid enough for all the grief you're given

    Project Specialist (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsSomewhat altruistic, if you actually get to help students through their college career.

    ConsCulture of many departments is: Faculty are gods, staff are scum. Faculty gets all the pay raises, staff have gone 9 years without a raise - until this year when they got 2%. If they were lucky. Faculty treats staff like slaves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    stay away

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLeave time accrued (after many years)

    ConsNo raise in years, was expected to perform job duties way above pay grade (and take on co-workers work in their absence who were far above my pay grade). No merit raises or promotion in job title to reward hard work, competency or taking on additional higher level work. Forced union membership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to nickel and dime your good employees- get rid of the fat and reward high performing staff. It would be cheaper than re-training the constant turnover. Good people will move on to higher paying companies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hierarchical

    Nurse (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe brand, the name, nothing else. It looks good on a resume which is the only redeeming value. Use that to get a real job.

    ConsYou're not encouraged to advance or grow career wise. You must stay in the same job and it's expected. Managers grandfather in friends which makes the working enviornment that much harder. Refer a friend and if they don't meet the criteria, i.e. pretty blonde girl or blue eyed guy then forget it. They have the same hiring criteria as Abercrombie & Fitch. The infamous benefits are not that great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop allowing mangers and employees to run the company without supervision. Create a more diverse and fair playing field.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    biblically screwed up

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsSometimes very interesting priojects in engineering research, if you work hard enough and fight the system you might really have an impact on new discoveries and technology

    Consterrible managment and planning, major challenge implementing even the most simple or obvious changes. Feels like a massively incompetent goverment agency.

    At times the work enviorment was hostile, abusive and corrupt.

    Peter principle can be seen with many of the faculty and staff, senior employees are almost never fired no mater how utterly incompetent.

    Compensation is low, and they try to screw you at every turn if you become eligilbe for benfits.

    Very few people truly striving to do better, most talented staff/students move on quickly making turnover on projects very high

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the dead weight, stop just looking out for your own skin and actually put some energy into enriching the program for students instead of just focusing on balancing the department budget to pay your own inflated salaries

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Health Professions Sick with Disastrous Hierarchy/Cronyism/Bullying

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking with the students - although there is a growing number who give off a sense that they are "entitled."

    ConsMedical, Dental, and Nursing schools are steeped in hierarchy and turf protection. Cronyism is a real problem. Devil Wears Prada atmosphere where woman on woman bullying is the norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch where there are areas of large turnover. Seek out information about bad management by faculty - bullying of students and staff. Students at least have a voice - staff feel small, voiceless, and defenseless.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Working for the UW athletic department was the worst job I have ever had.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree football and basketball tickets. Status for life as a hard core Husky fan. Access to coaches and athletes.

    ConsTerrible pay in a highly-charged political environment. Mediocre work ethic and poor quality work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire consultants to manage your website and have your PR team just do stats.

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    Not very good. Govt. run organization.

    Nurse (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsLearn more quickly. Lots of trauma patints. Big emergency room.

    ConsGovt. organization. Managemnt has no clue whats going on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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