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Updated January 11, 2018
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  • 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. "Toxic Work Environment"

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

    I worked at OHSU full-time

    Pros

    Several committed and hardworking colleagues/peers
    University/research side seems pretty good
    Beautiful campus
    Riding the tram in all kinds of weather
    Farmer's market days

    Cons

    Managers & supervisors don't care about employee professional development or well-being; do bare minimum required per union contracts
    Union & management relationship very fraught
    Has office of diversity & inclusion but front line staff are still dismissed by management when they complain about racism and microagressions at work
    Work culture encourages mediocrity
    Clinic space insufficient for volume of patients
    Slow to embrace positive changes - for example, some employees wanted the healthy foods convenience store to accept food stamps, because many patients are low-income and can't afford to eat at the cafeterias. Despite the store meeting all the requirements, no one with authority wanted to make it happen.
    Employees penalized for using sick time - yes, that's right, in a hospital with medically fragile patients as well as germ-spreading sick people everywhere, you can actually get written up for staying home sick "too much" (3 times in 90 day period, which in winter is a joke)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work on the front lines.
    Stop treating unions like they are sworn nemeses and consider creating a work environment that rewards people
    Create a more welcoming environment for low-income patients & families
    Clean house on departments with ineffective managers
    Live up to promises of equity & inclusion


  2. "OHSU"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits, decent pay levels for the job,

    Cons

    Power is wielded there by people who have little regard for the wellbeing of the employees under them.

    Advice to Management

    There is something that happens to an OHSU manager once they fit in there. They become terrible. Don't let it happen to you.

  3. "OHSU would do well to prioritize research more effectively"

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    Current Employee - Grants & Contracts Administrator in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Grants & Contracts Administrator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent mission and colleagues. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Research is not prioritized as a value because "it does not bring in money". This causes serious underfunding for the Research Administration areas, which means that there are chronic staff shortages, which overtaxes employees and causes researchers projects to be delayed.

    Advice to Management

    The underfunding of Research Administration because it does not bring in money is extremely short-sighted and small-minded. Senior management would do better to be brave and and provide generously to encourage research at Oregon Health & Science University.


  4. "Registered Nurse"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time

    Pros

    Hr staff are very supportive.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate the system. Parking is VERY Expensive


  5. "Asst. Vice Provost"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, mission-driven institution with opportunity for professional growth

    Cons

    Politically charged environment at times with occasional gender inequality.


  6. "volunteering at OHSU"

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    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Volunteer Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at OHSU (More than a year)

    Pros

    friendly staff, good facilities, lots of opportunities to find work

    Cons

    bad orientation, which made the initial steps frustrating

    Advice to Management

    improve orientation


  7. "Many Avenues to Explore"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Strong Benefits
    -Strong Research Community
    -Training Opportunities

    Cons

    -Disconnected Campus
    -Research funding volatility
    -Salary might be low for cost of living in Portland

  8. "Get to know your Union Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at OHSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.
    Teaching hospital.

    Cons

    Parking on the hill is expensive!


  9. "Many challenges in working there...."

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    I can't speak for the entire university, but the department I worked in, to get anything done was an immense challenge with unnecessary complexity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, amazing colleagues, challenging projects

    Cons

    Long commute, change is constant


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