University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews in Washington State

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
590 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 41 reviews)

  • Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits (in 44 reviews)


Cons
  • Do not expect the sort of salary increases that the private sector offers (in 14 reviews)

  • State university so budget cuts in the lats 5 years have been bad (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
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    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 for less than a 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
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    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 for 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
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    Being a full time student and an employee was tough, but the organization is great overall.

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

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

    Pros

    Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of people work here and it hard to stand out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to your employees and all of their hard work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Tutored mathematics to students the Math Study Center in Pre-calculus and Calculus. Also Graded for the Math department.

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Work-Study
    Casual Student Worker Environment
    Flexible Hours
    On Campus

    Cons

    Union Fees
    Underpayed
    Doesn't let you work more than 19.5 hours so they don't have to give you benefits. (Claims they don't want you to overwork, but that applies even if you're only take 1 credit).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay tutors what they're worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was nice job

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    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good salary and good supportq

    Cons

    there is nothing that I can complain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enjoy rain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's a great place for students to work at.

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

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The manager is nice. Hours work with school schedule. One day of training. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Gets very busy. There can be long moments of student rushing in. Lunch time is very busy. Small space so it's important to keep restocking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great benefits and work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    University of Washington offers great benefits, and the research center where I work provides a flexible, family-friendly, community-oriented work environment.

    Cons

    Some departments/areas may not offer the same flexibility.

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Graduate student review

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

    I worked at University of Washington full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities research a topic of interest, especially in Chemistry.
    Many opportunities to develop skills including teaching, lab equipment, instrumentation, computer, communications.

    Cons

    TA Protocol may change depending on the performance/ troubling trends noticed by other TAs.
    Healthcare benefits have declined over the last few years. Standard pay for graduate students varies from year to year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's OK to be harsh on TAs that aren't doing their job, but you should treat the more senior and experienced TAs better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great place to work as a student.

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on where you work, some positions - despite UW's size - have a very small-business feel to them. I loved TAing and it was an opportunity to strengthen my own basic skills while actually feeling like I made a difference for some students (not all, but a definite chunk). They're pretty much always hiring for something. I worked with the same professor for a year after being one of his students, and we ended up getting really close and would frequently go out to lunch together. You meet some really great people. And the Quad in the springtime can't be beat, of course.

    Cons

    The area where I worked was definitely under-funded, so things were sometimes scattered or confusing to work through (i.e. they once lost one of my paychecks before I signed up for direct deposit. I got it eventually, though). Also, given the work I did, I feel like I was underpaid - but I didn't mind much because I did truly like the job and it was great experience. Also, I was a lowly undergrad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because the university is so big, bureaucracy can be an issue. As UW continues to expand, consider implementing better communication tools across different departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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