University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
648 Reviews
3.8
648 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Very laid back work environment

    Former Employee - Assistant
    Former Employee - Assistant

    I worked at University of Washington as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very structured and has lots of documentations.

    Cons

    Rigid and does not respond well to changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive with changes.

  2.  

    A great institution to work for as a seasoned technology professional.

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    Current Employee - Senior Computing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Computing Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment. Great autonomy without too much beurocracy. Great benefits. Good professional HR department.

    Cons

    Advancement can be challenging depending on department. It's an educational institution so lack of traditional corporate structure is difficult to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your leaders especially the academic ones how to be good people managers and demand accountability from your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing school, genuine people and a genuinely passionate workforce.

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

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing city, all the classes you could hope to take in one university, word-class education. The settling is utterly beautiful, there are many natural places nearby. The public transportation is amazing and subsidized by the university.

    Cons

    Caliber of the education is still not up to par against its peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and flourish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Marketing Assistant in HFS

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    Former Employee - HFS Marketing Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - HFS Marketing Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work place, food in the office, team felt like a family.

    Cons

    Lack of direction at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule (research), great benefits, and excellent research programs (all areas)

    Cons

    If don't live close to UW then you will have to contend with some horrible traffic and long commute by car. Buses are quicker but only if you live fairly close.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, great work, not great salary

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Educational institution so the projects are interesting and always changing. The benefits are excellent and UW contributes to my pension which is great

    Cons

    Salary is not as high as it could be and they put no money into their facilities. Office spaces are always crappy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Public University Experience

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

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Solid stable work environment. State funded University so you receive all the state benefits. Good medical, dental, vacation and sick leave. Flexibility depends on what department you work in. Working on the Education side is much more relaxed that the Medical side. Departments such as Social Work and Education are more relaxed vs. Business or LAw.

    Cons

    hard to transition form a classified union position to a non union professional staff. Pay is based on Washington State salaries. State jobs pay less than other public sector jobs such as county and city jobs. More diversity in work place and campus; especially in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee to move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Postdoc at UW

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Professional, cutting edge, Seattle, Clean

    Cons

    No safety net for postdocs during the most vulnerable time in their career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Ok place to work, depending on who with

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    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, amazing facilities, collaborators within and around campus are endless

    Cons

    depending on who you work for it could be the longest hours you ever put it, sometimes seems like your opinion doesn't matter, and they treat you disrespectfully

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent experience for people not seeking very engaging work

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good but not what they once were. They are pretty much in line with those at any medium to large corporation. No pressure to work any more than 40 hrs/wk. Mostly nice people to work with. Campus provides a nice environment to pursue personal goals.

    Cons

    Absolutely no opportunities for upward or lateral career change. Pay is low even for academic (same position at another large uni is cost adjusted 25% higher). Management quality is abysmal. The work environment is like a dysfunctional family; all smiles and happy when management is around then critical, cynical, and backstabbing when not. Department deans generally have no idea of (or apparent interest in) the day to day issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop some opportunities to avoid the ennui of the position. Try coming into work for a full week most of the time and don't be intimidating or dismissive to people so they can feel comfortable discussing issues and listen to them. Don't hold your personal goals in higher regard than the needs of those around you. Upper management needs to go around the middle management to see what problems exist for any change to occur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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