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University of Washington Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
627 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.  

    Large university

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Many jobs on campus and room to grow.

    Cons

    Each department can be drastically different so there's a lot of duplicate efforts that could be minimized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to below your level. There are some managers that do this well while others do poorly. Many development classes on campus isn't free so managers should have the dept fund some of those opportunities if appropriate.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Big university, lots of opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of opportunity to meet world-class researchers.

    Cons

    Salary is low but not unusual.

  3.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are awesome, all of the staff are hard working and overall contribute to a team effort. I worked within the library and it such a supportive place. Everyone is friendly and it's a very positive environment. I also enjoyed being around all the academics who have the most interesting story stories to tell. Also, awesome place to network and move around to different areas of the University, as it is vast and full of opportunities.

    Cons

    The tenured staff tend to be less motivated and that can be frustrating. Budget cuts are constantly happening so there isn't always the job security you might hope for. There are also times when the culture gets cut throat and I've heard of many staff trying to get others fired for the wrong reasons. Working for professors can sometimes mean they have little regard for your life outside of work, and their anti-social demeanor can also get tiring, honestly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    HIV-1 vaccine development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working environment and nice compensation

    Cons

    compensation isn't comparable with NIH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give young people more room for promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    UW offers many opportunities.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Positions at various levels and at multiple locations. Once in the UW system, ability to search for and apply fo additional jobs. Benefits are excellent and offered to those who work half time or more. Medical, dental, 401-k matching.

    Cons

    Large institution with it's share of bureacratic policies/red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management varies depending on the division.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It is a university.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Graduate Researcher and TA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Researcher and TA in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Being a graduate student is unique experience. For me, the toils and tribulations that I shared with my peers helped to form much tighter bonds than I had developed as an undergraduate. Teaching was also a lot of fun. I liked trying to find the balance between being charming and informative--between quick thinking and careful consideration. There was plenty of interesting research being done in the department. There was always a push for innovative, self-reliant solutions to problems that arose.

    Cons

    Work was often done in isolation so people often had difficulties appreciating the effort that their colleagues had made. There were never any clear end-goals or metrics of accumulated success--expectations always shifted as projects did. There seemed to be an expectation of working-to-be-seen-as-busy rather than working because it provided intellectual stimulation or genuine human fulfillment or even accomplished anything. The hours were unappealing and uncompromising. By the end of my short stint here, I had grown to hate many of things that I had once loved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think that I'm qualified to give any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Second class citizens

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Affiliation with the region's flagship university; library privileges provide access to hundreds of databases - this is perfect for the information junkie.

    Cons

    Part-timers do not have benefits or much in the way of advancement opportunities although the University system as a whole (not just UW) is relying more and more on part-timers to deliver instruction to traditional students, not just continuing education.

  9.  

    Fair benefits and work environment with some opportunity for lateral movement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Work environment
    Colleagues
    Some opportunity for lateral movement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at its finest
    Hard to move up
    Grant-funded positions create cyclical anxiety and layoffs

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience. Not a great atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Training in Solidworks, ANSYS, MasterCAM, HSM Works, NX.

    Cons

    General culture of arrogance and condescension.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a deep breath and realize that FSAE is not the most important thing in the world. You're not engineers, you're student engineers. People join to learn and have fun so be less angry all the time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Great Research University in the Pacific NW

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counseling Services Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Counseling Services Coordinator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The University of Washington is primarily a Research I institution. It all depends on what office / division you are in, but there is ample room and support for professional development and upward mobility within the institution.

    Cons

    Again, it depends on which office / department you are in and what your role is within the university, but it isn't too hard to find people who are rather complacent and uninspired. It is just their job and nothing more. I don't like to spend my time around those people. Life is too short for that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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