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Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
676 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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 a 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
  3.  

    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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    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
  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
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    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 a 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
  8.  

    Great group of people to work with and be a part of something on the forefront of research was very interesting.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    Great cutting edge research with the opportunity to learn and work as much as you want.

    Cons

    Must put the work in to establish yourself and prove your worth in order to start moving up in this field

    Recommends
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    Student Researcher

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

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

    Pros

    Academic Setting, Networking, Friendly Environment

    Cons

    Student Worker, little room for growth because I was a student

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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