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Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, great people, great place to learn (in 32 reviews)

  • We are also part of the nursing union so we have good benefits because of that (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • No parking, lower base salary but that is made up by the amazing benefits (in 11 reviews)

  • Low pay in research jobs at the assistant level (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Infusion Pharmacy Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Tech in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Pharmacy Tech in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not as mundane as Order entry or crazy busy like retail. Great place to be. Corporate

    Cons

    Everyone has something good and bad to say. Depends on what you want from the job itself.

    Advice to Management

    Be more employee focused.


  2. "Dedicated to Mission"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Lead in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission
    Dedicated to Diversity
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Perks seem to depend on your position
    Work life balance seems to depend on department


  3. "OHSU Hospital and Clinics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Academic setting-University Health System.
    Continuing education is encouraged.
    Respect for culture and diversity.
    Decent salary ranges.
    Employee matched retirement plan.

    Cons

    Parking
    Administration can be top heavy with multiple layers.
    Large institution can be overwhelming.
    Little to no advancement without a graduate degree or higher.


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  5. "Graduate Student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small program so tuned to your specific needs. Most PI's are friendly and easy to get along with and collaborate with. Not having undergraduates means no TA work required.

    Cons

    It is a small program so maybe not as many resources available to you as would be at a larger university.


  6. "OHSU was a decent employer. I thought it would've been a better experience overall."

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    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Registered Nurse in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at OHSU full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The prestige and benefit package . They have a great 403b. OHSU has such a good reputation in the community that it looks good on my resume. There are some good people there.

    Cons

    My manager was very inexperienced. There was lack of nursing leadership. Poor communication overall. The pay was less than other hospitals in the area. Nursing has a union which I think is both good and bad at the same time. Nurses that are not so great great tend to be allowed to stay in the system because it's hard to fire them or discipline them without union involvement.

    Advice to Management

    Bridge the gap with the people that are actually delivering care to the patients


  7. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great people, lots of leaning to be had

    Cons

    Commute and parking are tough


  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Integrity Specialist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Integrity Specialist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive and the benefits are decent. The prescription prices are amazing and I get 15 vacation days a year in addition to sick leave and holidays. The work hours are somewhat flexible and they are going to start a new policy that will allow us to work from home 1 day each week. Great retirement and it's all in a beautiful area/campus.

    Cons

    Less vacation than most colleges and no time off for spring break (not bad compared to most jobs but less compared to most other colleges). Budget cuts have lost us a lot of resources and manpower we would have had otherwise. Also, there is some degree of bureaucracy and red tape involved.

    Advice to Management

    Provide time/resources for development and proactive improvements for the department


  9. "Great place to work, but not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic environment. Lots of opportunities to learn and find action
    Quasi public/private -- does a decent job of balancing a need for productivity and enforce accountability with a mission that's not only about money and a touch of a relaxed public vibe
    Decent flexibility

    Cons

    Balkanized environment -- poor coordination across units and little sense of shared anything. Everyone looks out for their own local interests.
    Resource allocation is all over the place. Some parts have money raining on them while others are truly suffering
    Pay is also all over the place. Some highly skilled/trained people with very difficult jobs get paid very low while others really rake in the dough. This appears to be based more on how position was set up than on characteristics of the individual.
    Success too often defined in terms of conformance with procedure rather than accomplishing anything real

    Advice to Management

    Best practices should be observed, but they don't apply in every case. Use the goals of objectives to guide decisions rather than the literal words. Make real decisions and justify them based on what they accomplish rather than hiding behind policies and standards.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great benefits and discounts"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and lots of paid time off. Close knit environment and freedom to design and experiment within reason. Nice facilities.

    Cons

    Parking is horrendous. Location isn't great.


  11. "Mixed review"

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    Current Employee - Support Services in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Support Services in Portland, OR
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great research and life-saving work performed at this facility. Hiring freeze to be lifted in March, which is great as OHSU continues its expansion at the waterfront. They try too stay competitive in pay and benefits, and pay for ONA and AFSCME is negotiated,

    Cons

    Multiple cons. Our retirement plan was cut in half last year to save OHSU money. Workers were given a 6% one time hourly increase with the suggestion to invest or save it. (Not all employees received the raise, either, so this led to resentment and divisiveness in the workplace.) Many of us live paycheck to paycheck, so saving the 6% raise was not really possible. Most people I know already work 2 jobs just to make ends meet. Another issue: Management in my area openly lies to the workers and discriminates against workers and applicants who do not share her immigrant background. We cannot complain to her superior as they are personal friends. We have to file claims with HR to try to get a fair resolution. Very discouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing and follow OHSU's motto and code of conduct.


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