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University of Washington Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
647 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Decent experience for people not seeking very engaging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    The only pro to working here are the benefits.

    Cons

    Managers are unfair. It's very difficult to advance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK, if you don't mind being a second-class citizen

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting, intelligent people to work with.
    Fun to be around so many kids.
    Flexible schedule, informal dress code, great infrastructure to support teaching.

    Cons

    If you aren't faculty, you are lower caste, even if you are teaching a valued, popular class that no one on the faculty is qualified to teach.
    I was hired to provide outreach to the community for possible service relationships, and was amazed to find how little interest or ability there was to actually provide needed services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to serve the community, show some real commitment to do what the community needs, not just what happen to be the research interests of faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Beautiful campus
    - Smart faculty
    - Good facilities
    - Reasonable benefits to research assistants/TA's

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy of a large university
    - Experience is very dependent on particular department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work, great people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very busy

    Cons

    Reverse discrimination is quite rampant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very friendly work environment

    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington as an intern

    Pros

    People are very friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    sometimes lack of efficiency, the knowledge management needs to be organized

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    UW is a great place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    No chance to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great university, lots of prestigious programs

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Modern research facility with lots of cutting edge research going on. Most people are friendly and open to scientific discussions.

    Cons

    Not so good administrative support, things can be difficult to handle and need to go through layers of approvals. Take a long time to get some simple things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the administrative more research oriented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A decent teaching assistant experience

    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My department had great professional training and development. Faculty were good to work with, and I liked the healthcare plan.

    Cons

    While teaching assistant pay is usually low, UW has low pay relative to peer institutions.

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