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University of Washington Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
601 Reviews
3.8
601 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 43 reviews)

  • Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits (in 44 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.  

    Nice academic environment

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many talented researchers, lots of collaboration going on with many national and international scholars. Very nice campus and lots of academic events that you can choose to attend.

    Cons

    Administrative support is not efficient, slow processing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    ok job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    flexible job, good academic institution, no work pressure, work ethics not so good in my department, good access to public buses

    Cons

    poor pay, management team poor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Health Care, Low pay, Poor research environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Access to quality health care on campus is excellent. Numerous clinics around campus in addition to the University Hospital, all well run (at least from the standpoint of the consumer). The campus is especially scenic during cherry blossom season. Work here if you need easy access to good health care and like the pacific northwest, just don't expect to get too much research done or be well paid.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is terrible and makes running a lab capable of cutting edge research extremely difficult. Faculty don't collaborate well and are typically very underfunded. Research environment is very poor. Outside of working with the minority of faculty who are good and well funded, don't expect to get very much out of a postdoc at UW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire faculty who will work well together and contribute to a vibrant research environment. Consider hiring more staff scientists and engineers rather than postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great work life balance at a professional cost

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    Current Employee - Compliance Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Compliance Administrator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good work environment

    Cons

    Very few career opportunities - no advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It has been an interesting job.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    The people are nice. Interesting work. Lots of variety of work.

    Cons

    The pay is not as high as other employers.

  7.  

    Education department contract work

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Boss was really nice and helpful

    Cons

    No cons, was a very pleasant experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead

  8.  

    Being a full time student and an employee was tough, but the organization is great overall.

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

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of people work here and it hard to stand out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to your employees and all of their hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was nice job

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    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good salary and good supportq

    Cons

    there is nothing that I can complain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enjoy rain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a great place for students to work at.

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

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

    Pros

    The manager is nice. Hours work with school schedule. One day of training. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Gets very busy. There can be long moments of student rushing in. Lunch time is very busy. Small space so it's important to keep restocking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    UW Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed staff who care deeply about the mission of the university

    Cons

    Low salary, demanding hours and lack of task variety

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