University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews in Washington State

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
600 Reviews
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600 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 43 reviews)

  • Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits (in 44 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator II in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability, benefits, work-life balance, people, similar interests

    Cons

    You'll never get rich here! A lot of bureaucracy, which can be expected at such a large institution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It all depends on your goals

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom on time management and really good medical and retirement benefits

    Cons

    Chances are that you can have a jerk of a boss, or you can have a boring project that doesn't let you grow. You always depend on grants and money for science is getting shorter and shorter each year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place

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    Former Employee - Host in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Host in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good entry level jobs and fun people

    Cons

    Low pay, hard during studying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the workers who are detailed

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Okay

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    There is good facilities and people are very motivated and take their work serious, although potentially a little too serious. The location is incredible and very beautiful.

    Cons

    There is too much focus on the publishing papers versus teaching and actual learning, its just another major research university that is focussed on prestige and not learning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    TA for CSE's Animation Capstone

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    - You get to learn a lot more about what you teach
    - Worked with a great team of TAs
    - Very friendly staff and students
    - Good way to earn money while in school

    Cons

    - long hours with some unpaid overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Typical Graduate Student Experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great medical insurance (I broke my leg, and they covered a HUGE chunk of it!)
    A lot of programs to bring students and staff together.
    For those going into science, the scientific community is great to be around, and has a lot of different functions.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is pretty awful. Some things that should take days, take weeks (or months).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice academic environment

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Many talented researchers, lots of collaboration going on with many national and international scholars. Very nice campus and lots of academic events that you can choose to attend.

    Cons

    Administrative support is not efficient, slow processing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Health Care, Low pay, Poor research environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Access to quality health care on campus is excellent. Numerous clinics around campus in addition to the University Hospital, all well run (at least from the standpoint of the consumer). The campus is especially scenic during cherry blossom season. Work here if you need easy access to good health care and like the pacific northwest, just don't expect to get too much research done or be well paid.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is terrible and makes running a lab capable of cutting edge research extremely difficult. Faculty don't collaborate well and are typically very underfunded. Research environment is very poor. Outside of working with the minority of faculty who are good and well funded, don't expect to get very much out of a postdoc at UW.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire faculty who will work well together and contribute to a vibrant research environment. Consider hiring more staff scientists and engineers rather than postdocs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great work life balance at a professional cost

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    Current Employee - Compliance Administrator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Compliance Administrator in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, good work environment

    Cons

    Very few career opportunities - no advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    UW offers many opportunities.

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    • 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

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