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"UW is a great institution for research and education."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
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I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Good benefits. Knowledgeable colleagues. Great academic and educational environment.

Cons

Complex support structure for administrative issues.

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  1. "UW Libraries is a good part-time job for undergrads"

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    Former Employee - UW Libraries Student Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - UW Libraries Student Specialist in Seattle, WA
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    I worked at University of Washington part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I worked at the UW Libraries in a non-circulation department. These are the pros:
    - Flexible work schedule - Got to make my schedule each quarter around my class schedule and had some control over how many hours per week (within the range of 10-19.5). Also had no problem asking for time off for exams, summer vacation, etc.
    - Great co-workers - I made a lot of friends at the Libraries and also had very good relations with my managers
    - Nice break room - Suzzallo break room is very comfortable for employees!
    - Good amount of employee appreciation - There are scholarships for library employees (I received one!), holiday party, student employee appreciation week, birthdays, getting together after work, etc.
    - Relevant work - It depends on what you are looking to do after college, but at least for me, I felt I gained relevant skills that helped me be more competitive in the job market

    Ultimately the best part of the job was having the support of the people I worked with. I felt like my managers were generally interested in my happiness, my school success, etc. Although the job was not glamorous and pay was not high, the people I worked with and the support I received as a student employee made it all worth it for me!

    Cons

    - Pay was not high - I left about 6 months ago, but at least up until I left there was a pay freeze (passed by the Washington State Legislature, NOT UW) that made it impossible to get raises, so despite working at the libraries for 3+ years and having A LOT of knowledge/skills gained, I did not make very much more than minimum wage
    - Repetitive work - I could have easily taken on more responsibility or new tasks, but there just was not a lot of room for this kind of growth for employees. I stayed at the libraries longer than most student employees do, however
    - Sometimes had angry patrons who were mad about library policies, but I learned how to provide better customer service through this experience, and managers always helped when it got out of hand
    - A lot to remember - It took me a while to remember all of the policies/procedures I needed to know, and although management is there to help when you have questions, it was important to remember all of the details so you provided patrons with the correct information

    Advice to Management

    Try to implement more levels of student employees, so student employees (undergrads specifically) can be promoted and have the chance to take on more responsibility when they are ready (and gain a raise via promotion), rather than capping out quickly and continually doing the same tasks


  2. "I was a graduate student and am now a research scientist and I have enjoyed both aspects of working at UW."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing with increasing vacation accrual the longer you stay, reasonable sick leave, and fantastic retirement benefits. If you enjoy working in an academic environment where you're surrounded by other researchers and many fascinating projects, you will enjoy working at UW. The UPASS is an amazingly affordable and convenient way to get to campus. Many positions that are hiring prefer to hire from the pool of current UW employees so once you're in the system, there are many opportunities for alternative employment.

    Cons

    It can be annoying trying to navigate campus in-between class periods when student traffic is high. However, that is when I have to remind myself I'm working on a college campus.

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