University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews in Washington State

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
647 Reviews
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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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    BI Developer

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    Current Employee - BI Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - BI Developer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Nice work life balance
    Nice people to work with

    Cons

    The pace is too slow for me

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work experience depends on department

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    Former Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Developer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    * Stellar benefits
    * Great work environment if you're in a newer building
    * Awesome public transportation access in several locations

    Cons

    * Lower than average pay
    * Academic environments aren't for everyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the local tech scene pays much better. Tech employees are not interns.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Pretty good

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    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

    Great work environment with tons of collaboration opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours and little pay, though that is typical for a postdoc position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lab Manager for a Large University Lab

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    This is a very satisfying occupation. I work with outstanding individuals and my work makes a difference. University benefits are outstanding. Though this occupation I have grown and become very qualified in a variety of skills.

    Cons

    I work on soft money so there is little job insurance and my job will be ending soon.
    Little room for advancement.
    Relatively low pay.
    This occupation is consuming.
    I work 7 days a week and am on call 24 hours a day.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Amazing school, genuine people and a genuinely passionate workforce.

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing city, all the classes you could hope to take in one university, word-class education. The settling is utterly beautiful, there are many natural places nearby. The public transportation is amazing and subsidized by the university.

    Cons

    Caliber of the education is still not up to par against its peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to grow and flourish.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Student CES Workshop Facilitator in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Student CES Workshop Facilitator in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    student quarter by quarter employment by appointment

    Cons

    there really were not any challenges, just the hope of receiving training as a facilitator in my discipline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with students who are facilitators so that they are as prepared as they can be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A great institution to work for as a seasoned technology professional.

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    Current Employee - Senior Computing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Computing Specialist in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment. Great autonomy without too much beurocracy. Great benefits. Good professional HR department.

    Cons

    Advancement can be challenging depending on department. It's an educational institution so lack of traditional corporate structure is difficult to navigate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your leaders especially the academic ones how to be good people managers and demand accountability from your employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 an 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
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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 an 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

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