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Updated January 18, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. Helpful (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


  4. "Good place to work in healthcare,"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at OHSU full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to move up, compensation is fairly competitive compared to other healthcare entities, good support by local union.

    Cons

    Often feels too corporate, and easy to get hung up in bureaucracy. Time off accrual could be better, and often burn out of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the hard work your support staff put in each week, they are motivated and ambitious people as well.


  5. "Relief pharmacist"

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    Current Employee - Relief Pharmacist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Relief Pharmacist in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large innovative department with friendly pharmacists, innovative

    Cons

    Top heavy with management and structured/policies

    Advice to Management

    Get out in the front lines


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Great atmosphere...if you don't mind watching patients pay the price"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at OHSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, good perks, good atmosphere. Very inclusive workplace. I was in research, so I was expected to work overtime regularly (exempt, so no extra pay) to keep up with experiments, but that comes with the territory of academic research.

    Cons

    There is so much WASTE at OHSU - and the patients are the ones that are ultimately footing the bill. In the end I couldn't take watching little bald kids and parents with worried eyes funding such disgusting institutional overspending. So little money in research actually makes significant headway toward solving health problems. But as this is standard in the healthcare industry, I guess OHSU is pretty decent as institutions go. Also, paying $14 a day for parking is difficult on mid level research salary.

    Advice to Management

    Stop wasting so much money. More research would be done, and more patients would ultimately be helped.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "OHSU: an HR nightmare"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Intelligent coworkers, well recognized company, good benefits in terms of 401k, medical costs, and time off.

    Cons

    Lack of collegiality among colleagues, limited commute options due to lack of parking, long commute times, untrained HR, non-competitive wages, limited career future unless through new job acquisition, lack of supervisor training program from HR, and strong company political views/behaviors highly pushed on all employees.

    Advice to Management

    Coworkers do not create tight bonds due to long hours away from hour due to commute, so they are more focused on their "personal time" than making work relationships. Having worked in industry before this, the benefits that are offered do not correlate with such low non-competitive wages based on the lack of efforts by HR to mitigate costs with programs to increase employee happiness. OHSU benefits are about on par with private industry/medical standards, but most likely above university standards. HR takes advantage of the University label to excuse the non-competitive wages and expects a high employee turn over to resolve any wage issues. HR does not help with employee/supervisor issues and expects employees to leave instead of disciplining supervisors resulting in lack of communication with supervisors with bad management. HR provides a lack of training for new supervisors coming into their positions and check-in programs. Company is not sensitive to employees political views.

    Overall, invest in your employee's salaries instead of dumping unhappy employees on HR who then cannot provide correct job training/development programs to employees. Job pay absolutely does not reflect 20 year employee growth rate vs 20 year operating budget growth rate and macroeconomic climate of Portland, OR.


  10. "Busy tertiary center with well rounded resident training."

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    Former Employee - Resident Physician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Resident Physician in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large hospital with pediatric and va buildings. Excellent access to wide breadth of cases and patients. Support staff were very nice and helpful. Good teamwork and collaboration.

    Cons

    Hours were long and became longer with hospital admin trying to optimize cost, which was stressful to faculty and residents. It was a sprawling facility with a significant amount of walking.


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