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University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 556 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(108 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Bureaucracy

    Program Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent benefits and lot's of potential movement within the University. UW is involved in everything, so there are many opportunities to get involved in a variety of fields.

    ConsVERY bureaucratic and driven by profits rather than an educational mission. Hierarchical, good-ol-boy culture. They prefer to hire internally, and do not compensate middle to early career employees very well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    HUB Employee

    HUB Employee (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Pros- If you're working a desk, you usually can get your studying done while getting paid.
    - Management is relaxed.
    - Occasional HUB employee appreciation events.
    - Access to food court downstairs.
    - Access to refrigerator.

    Cons- Job can get a little boring, since you're usually addressing the same series of questions.
    - Not much "career" opportunity, since you're a student employee.

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep on doing what you do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    slow - paced and very good to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosnot much stress and worry

    Conscant't think of any. everything is good.

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    A very nice job

    Photo Technician (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe hour is flexible. People are very nice.

    ConsThere is no cons here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place for graduate school.

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsGreat location, decent pay, good benefits.

    ConsAll academia, I personally do not like the culture.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    UW Volunteer Opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFaculty and staff are qualified to be at the university. There seems to be a strong level of desire for faculty and staff to be involved.

    ConsSlow process and interest of the faculty and staff. However, there seems to be a similar issue with university support as there is within the state government of Washington.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    working and studying experience

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    Prosgreat programs and great professors, support for your position is good

    Constoo many people so individual attention was not enough

    Advice to Senior Managementgive more time and opportunity for listening to people's opinions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place To Begin

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGain great experience, make great connections

    ConsStressful, but that is how it can be some days on the campus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Exciting place to be right now.

    Director (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsUW is a university on the move with many dedicated staff members who care immensely about student success. The school is positioned to become even stronger in the near future and it's exciting to be part of this momentum.

    ConsVery siloed compared to the other three universities I have worked at in the past and departments/schools struggle to collaborate across campus due to the constraints of the Activity-Based Budgeting (ABB) model.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full of opportunities. Great benefits

    Human Resources Specialist (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsOnce you are in the UW system and you are doing well, it makes it pretty easy to move to different departments or within your department for promotions.

    ConsVery bureaucratic, takes forever to change something, and there is not a lot of transparency

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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