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University of Washington Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
578 Reviews
3.9
578 Reviews
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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114 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Great experience as a student and as an employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, also nice people to work with!

    Cons

    Parking: expensive and the bus service is not good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Good people and positive environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for leadership

  3.  

    Great place to work as a student

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

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    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
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  5.  

    No support for post-docs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Seattle can be nice in the summer.

    Cons

    The biggest thing is that post-docs are considered temporary workers & not eligible for full staff benefits including retirement contributions, despite the fact that appointments are usually 4-6yrs. The health insurance coverage is expensive & not very comprehensive. The career development programs are lumped in with development for grad students, kind of like an after thought, despite very different need at each of these stages in scientific career development. Some of the best development opportunities that are available are only accessible by competitive application! The CYA regulatory environment (EH&S & DCM) can make pushing a project more complicated than it needs to be. You have to write significant protocol changes for everything, even pilot studies! EH&S makes ridiculous laboratory rules that keep changing. For example, they have decided that 70% EtOH is a fire hazard. What?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of half the administrators. Hire EH&S staff that actually do science. & set rational requirements that aren't always changing. Support your faculty more, so they can support their trainees. Increase career development resources for post-docs. They are your future faculty members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for science-based classes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    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.  

    Beautiful Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    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
  8.  

    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

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

    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
  9.  

    Great School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    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
  10.  

    Great for students as a secodn job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Assistant  in  Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Tacoma, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    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
  11.  

    Good mission, reasonably good management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA

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

    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

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