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Updated September 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits and paid time off (in 40 reviews)

  • Good work life balance, with nearly 4 weeks of vacation time for all unclassified employees (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance seems to depend on department (in 7 reviews)

  • No parking places unless pay daily rate for the garage or on the street (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "They expect people to "volunteer" or work for free, and there for the wages are grossly inadequate."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit package, interactions with other like minded colleagues

    Cons

    Grossly underpaid positions, lack of respect for students and residents who pay to be there and learn (has affected how much grads want to give back once they leave), Many people in their 70's who either volunteer or work for a very low wage, which leads to the expectations you will be hired for pennies on the dollar when you have over 11 years of education....

    Advice to Management

    Step into the 20th century and pay at least the market rate for work provided. Hire enough people to do the job right, and not expect so many people to do three or four other peoples work for very little pay. (This mostly applies to SOD)


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management and HR department"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are some really good researchers and good teachers within the residency programs.

    Cons

    Unfortunately OHSU is run like a fiefdom, and even within departments where there is a clinical side and an education element, they are at odds, as everything is driven by the clinical dollars, with education getting a shoddy second place. The institution is way too top heavy with administrators who are inflexible and lack any vision other than whatever their excel spreadsheet shows them for the monthly revenue. There tends to be a lot of lip service, but the institution only gets behind any research initiative after it has received plenty grants and outside kudos.
    The investment the institution makes in any real career development is practically nil. For years, their Career Development Center was made up of one person, who had only part-time administrative help.

    Advice to Management

    People are not just widgets and numbers on a spreadsheet.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "great company for laid back people"

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    Former Employee - Field Technology Analyst
    Former Employee - Field Technology Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great benefit
    Pay well
    Union protection
    If you are a laid back person or waiting for retire, I say this is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    career promotion is limited
    lots of politics involved
    If you are looking for great career opportunities, this is definitely not a place you want to work at. Was told by the manager that the flow for new position is slow and due to the great benefit, no one would want to retire.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest to your new hire. Dont tell them there are lots of career opportunities and after they finished their probation, then told them they have to wait years to change to another group.


  4. "Post Doctoral Fellowship"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time

    Pros

    I met 8 members of the department and they were friendly and asked open questions. They encouraged team work.

    Cons

    The possible PI told that he was going to set a date for me to give a talk to his group and meet with him after a 2 days of series of interviews, but he never got back to me. Tried to email him a couple of time but he did not return/respond to my emails.

    Advice to Management

    That was unprofessional and it is so sad the the possible PI is has one of the highest positions at OHSU....did not expect that from him.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work there."

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    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at OHSU part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience if you need to start out. Start out with 4 weeks of vacation. I retired from there under PERS.

    Cons

    Poor HR, no parking, low pay. Poor treatment of Veterans. Salary does not grow with inflation or anything else. RN's with same experience make more than the NP's. 12 hour shifts are too long in a health care field.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't."

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are great and really the only lure. If you just want to collect a paycheck, neglect your family/personal life and work off the clock to keep up with your workload then this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    If you demonstrate any desire for career growth you will be eaten alive. Management is not supportive of career growth. They will respond as if you're out to take their job and you WILL become their target.
    It is a union shop. Pay into it all you want but when it comes time for support they run because the work and effort needed to finish your request is too hard.
    Human resources is a joke. There is nothing human about exploiting the employees and nothing is truly confidential because they are the same people talking to your neighbor on the bus about the goings on at work.
    Access to basic office supplies will depend on which department you work for. The closer to the Knight cancer research you are the more likely you will not be questioned about ordering pens and post its for your desk and it will be less likely that you will have to do your own housekeeping. That is right, you might have to empty your own trash, put in *several* requests for very basic bathroom facilities cleaning because that is not done on a regular basis. Regular cleaning is just done in restrooms deemed 'public', sharing a bathroom with 50 plus colleagues is not considered public enough to warrant daily custodial services. That is not just during the 'tight' times, it is part of the culture.
    The distribution of resources for just the basic of necessary work equipment is laughable. You may have to beg for a monitor that doesn't short out while a colleague has a closest full of extra computers, iPads, and other digital equipment that they don't use, some of it in original packaging.
    Working through your lunch is the norm because that is when everyone is 'free' for meetings, but don't think that as an hourly you get that time accounted for. Working off the clock is the status quo and ignored by all. It has become an ingrained part of the culture. Managers are aware and turn a blind eye, especially when they need something after hours. There is an expectation to be on call 24/7, yes even for hourly admin assistants. Don't you dare account for that time either. You will be written up, after all they have a payroll budget to stick to and that would just make your manager look bad.
    Need IT support? Better Google your problem first, after all that is what IT will direct you to do when you call the help line.
    There are so many things wrong with the org chart and accountability structure.
    Parking? I waited SEVEN years for the privilege to pay almost $200 a month to park my car.
    Retirement? If you dare select the wrong plan you will pay out of pocket while your coworkers don't.
    Healthcare benefits? The latest plan forces you to choose your doctor at OHSU or pay an exorbitant fee to continue with the doctor you have had for 12 years. So guess who your coworkers on public transportation will be talking about while you wait those years for your parking permit?
    U is for university and just like in the acronym the university is last in the mind of management. The complete disregard for students is shameful. Last minute changes to a program mid academic year is the norm. Dont worry, they will have the ear of the administration but be prepared to be called up on professionalism conduct charges.
    Don't ever feel safe, the threat of reorg to rid of you is always a vocalized threat.

    Advice to Management

    It is your staff doing the work to make you look good. A simple acknowledgement of the work done by them will get you farther but does not curtail the fact that your expectations are unreasonable.
    Face the fact that you are just as disposable to the university as you treat the rest of us.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible place for PostDocs"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart co-workers.

    Cons

    OHSU treats its postdocs horribly, it was by far the worst out of any place I have been at. After my first year there health benefits were severely reduced, forcing us onto the student health insurance. There were countless little things that showed that PostDocs were not respected, and there was very little regard to career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the research staff better and don't abandoned all other research to chase the money for the Knight's money.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Credentialing Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Credentialing Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Credentialing Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    OHSU is a world-class organization with one mission which is to serve people of Oregon.

    Cons

    The current supervisor/management tandem within OHSU Medical Affairs have contributed to a high turnover since 2013.

    Advice to Management

    Because both the supervisor/manager tandem don't understand people skills and talents as a result a culture of distrust and fear has evolved. Current staff members remain on the job, but they are unhappy. Former staff members left on their own or were forced out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Recruiter/Project Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Recruiter/Project Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guaranteed pay raises because of the union. A teaching institution so you can learn a lot of skills to advance your career, not necessary within the organization however.

    Cons

    Parking waitlist is 10 years long unless you're faculty. There is no diversity at the top or in non-support positions meaning that only 5% of minorities are earning more than $55K. The jobs are loaded so you're doing your bosses work and their bosses work but they're getting 6 figures. Jobs are misclassified.

    Advice to Management

    your 20/20 vision of diversity is no where close to where you said you'd like it to be. Be more transparent and admit that you don't like people of color making the same amount of money as you.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible place to work, corrupt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good if you are caucasian

    Cons

    Bad if you are a minority individual

    Advice to Management

    Be fair


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