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University of Washington Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
571 Reviews

3.9
571 Reviews
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people and positive environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for leadership

  2.  

    Great place to work as a student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    As a engineering research assistant (with funding), tuition, insurance, and living stipend were covered. Research also counted to degree credits. Great opportunity to get into leading-edge technology, and R&D. Good networking when attending conferences. Especially good experience when looking to make a career in R&D and Academia.

    Cons

    Working and full-time graduate school leaves little personal time, but that is expected. If you're looking to make a career in industry, two-years of work experience may be better than Master's/Research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing negative to say here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not for those who are young and motivated...

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Admissions  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Admissions in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    -Work-life balance is great
    -Nice to work for such a well-respected university that is vital to the Pacific Northwest region
    -Benefits are good, especially ability to take a handful of classes for a small fee (depending on space). ORCA card for about $40/month, excellent match on retirement, good health coverage, and discounts at local businesses
    -Job security - It is probably impossible to get fired from UW, even if you aren't fulfilling the duties in your job description.

    Cons

    -Abysmal "leadership" . People who do well and are promoted into leadership roles here are people who don't rock the boat and rarely do they possess any management or leadership skills.
    -Culture that is completely opposed to new ideas or process improvements. Refuse to take employees' ideas or suggestions seriously unless you've been sitting at your desk doing as you are told for 3-4 years first. Not a good place for someone who is young and motivated. Not a good place for someone who has worked at any other university and has knowledge of best practices elsewhere.
    -The most passive aggressive place you will ever experience
    -Not very customer-focused... few employees will go out of their way to help prospective students/applicants
    -Parking is insanely expensive - takes a big chunk out of your meager salary
    -Pay is far below market value and really no structure for merit increases or raises (particularly over last few years when there was a freeze on salaries, obviously out of manager's control)
    -Morale is low and everybody is miserable but sticks around because it is a relatively easy/ low stress place to work with a good reputation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are miserable. No clear direction or focus on mission / goals. This office is in need of a major re-organization and re-evaluation of current employees and particularly leadership team. Need to bring in people from the outside who have real experience and actually encourage change and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Job satisfaction depends largely on your supervisor

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, training opportunities, flexible work schedule. Co-workers are generally good people and division of duties is often clearly spelled out given the roles of staff, faculty, etc.

    Cons

    Strong hierarchies are difficult to overcome, job satisfaction depends greatly on who supervises your work, most supervisors are not well trained, and not consistency in terms of methods or processes for doing work across different units at the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    UW used to be a desired place to work but now it is just a place of employment for staff. Faculty have tenure and other motivations, but for staff the UW is paycheck source and not a very good one. Universities are highly inefficient places with regard to human resources. Lots of staff are underutilized and undervalued. Time to get your ship in order.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for science-based classes

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Very resourceful library research
    Pretty good career center
    Great access to facilities, like library, buspass, etc
    Great quality teachers that are knowledgeable in their field

    Cons

    Several majors (esp weird majors with less consumers) advisors are really lacking
    Pretty restricted for equal opportunities for international students (the advisors suck big time)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make it better for the ISS. International students are also a great asset to the community.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great School

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

    Pros

    If your a student doing the Work Study program, the best part about it is that they are very flexible with your school times and are willing to change your hours when needed, of course this varies by the department you are working at, but as for my experience, the School of Public Health provided an unforgettable yet growing experience.

    Cons

    The only con I have in mind is working in the Health Sciences Building. It can be confusing to navigate and even more difficult to give directions to others on the phone!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, the School of Public Health was understanding, very friendly and helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Beautiful Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. People are friendly and knowledgeable. Location is wonderful; campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Salary freezes for most of time there. No performance reviews offered in 5 years. A lot of uncertainty after 2008.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great for students as a secodn job

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Tacoma, WA

    Pros

    Easy, can be a student and work

    Cons

    work follows you home, pay and hours are low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less money on pointless stuff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good mission, reasonably good management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Well-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)

    Cons

    Job 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 ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure they're aware of anything I could say here.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    it's a good place to work at.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Seattle, WA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people from broader scientific background in.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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