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UW Medicine Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, good service culture (in 24 reviews)

  • Most people leave around 3:30 pm so work-life balance is great if you're into that (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • low pay, terrible CEO just got fired (in 5 reviews)

  • No cost of living raise for 8 years or more (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hit or miss."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Work-life balance. Tenure.

    Cons

    Management can vary greatly, depending on your own department structure.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The size affects productivity"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    You'll be contributing to health care at one of the biggest employers in the region with the possibility of moving within the University of Washington system

    Cons

    There are just too many protocols to satisfy meaning that often times, timelines get stretched beyond recognition and nothing gets completed as had been planned
    Pay is not as good as at other comparable employers in the area and so staff keep moving, and then high turnover contributes to delays

    Advice to Management

    Pay mid level staff better to get more loyalty and stay power
    Cut back on some of the unnecessary committees on this and that


  3. "I'm now Ron Swanson and loathe government"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) Lack of micromanagement is a positive.
    2) Good health care benefits and retirement plans.
    3) Easy accessibility by light rail or other public transit.

    Cons

    1) Low pay for the area.
    2) Abusing job titles to mask technical positions, lowering their pay grade.
    3) Sometimes I go two weeks without seeing my manager, who is either on vacation, sick, or too busy for basic check-ins. Do they even care?
    4) Far too much stress given the paltry salary.
    5) Both UW and UW Medicine seem to discriminate heavily against younger employees, giving them grunt work and not promoting from within. They'd rather hire mediocre staff ages 35-50 who aren't a flight risk and won't complain.
    6) Working retail and fast food in high school was almost more enjoyable than this soul-sucking job.

    Advice to Management

    It's not a responsible use of tax dollars to have young employees leaving your organization due to stupid bureaucracy and poor leadership.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad...but worth it?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Medical Laboratory Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Benefits are pretty good
    -Location is easy to get to
    -Great support from higher ups

    Cons

    -Lower pay than surrounding hospitals
    -Always seem to be understaffed, mostly no room in budget
    -Everything revolves around the success of nurses and doctors, which is disappointing if you aren't either of those.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to succeed against Childrens, Virginia Mason, Swedish, and even Harborview, start paying on par to them. Also, look beyond the nurses and medical school to help make UWMC better.


  6. "Stressful, unrealistic, and unsupportive"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constantly changing environment with daily learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Not a safe working environment, dysfunctional leadership, and processes that impede growth at personal and organization levels.

    Advice to Management

    Change your approach or keep losing valuable employees.


  7. "Great benefits, lots of opportunities, and plenty of red tape"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Vacation and sick leave is generous, good health insurance options, it's usually easy to take time off, don't need to regularly work overtime, co-workers who care, raises have been small but provided the last few years - hope they continue. Direct leadership cares and asks for input.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape, takes too long to hire staff, hard to get new positions approved, expensive parking, locations are spread out so we must travel between locations, upper mgmt often requests info with very little warning and it's almost always needed ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate staff in the same location, fill open positions, reduce parking expense, provide more time for 'urgent' requests so staff do not have to drop everything to make it happen.


  8. "Patient Care Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Patient Care Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best benefits around as far as time off!

    Cons

    Medium pay, high fee for on site parking.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty hands-off


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great mission, but low pay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I feel like my job is worthwhile and contributes to clinical research, which is good for human society.

    Cons

    There's no way to advance in my department, and the pay is much less than I've received elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    When the union has been telling you for years that you're underpaying a huge portion of your staff, believe them, and then fix it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CTICU a great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cardiothoracic Icu Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Cardiothoracic Icu Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Management is very invested in nurses' continuing education. Each nurse is given a budget to use towards professional development, conferences, memberships, journals, etc.
    - Extremely flexible scheduling: self-scheduling system, work 12x12hr shifts in each month, arranged however you please.
    - Many opportunities to get involved: project time pay approved for committees, bedside teaching, projects, etc.

    Cons

    - VERY high stress environment, which leads to quick burnout and--at times--hostile providers/colleagues


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Job, Decent Co-Workers, Some Opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UW Medicine (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some teams are innovative, willing to look at process improvement, and easy to work with. If you have a good manager you can really develop and explore opportunities. Solid benefits, especially if you have a family.

    Cons

    Very hard to get anything done. Lots of 'Seattle Process', multiple ancient systems that don't interface means one task may require redundant data entry. Many old school employees who love paper, hold on to non-functional processes, and take it personally if asked to stop faxing or routing paper forms. Employees should be held to the business practice standards of the 21st century but because they are not, those of us with current skills are slowed down and that does not allow for growth. My team is full of young, bright, innovative people, none of whom plan on staying at UW much longer. Why stay with a company that does not encourage, facilitate, reward, and better yet demand the best from their people? The message here seems to be slow down, don't step on toes, don't share best practices for fear of offending anyone, have another meeting about the decisions that won't be made and work that won't be implemented...

    Benefits are good but definitely way behind the curve compared to the rest of Seattle. Why start a family while employed at a company that offers no paid family leave, and has such a miserably confusing HR system? My office is surrounded by companies with employees making at or above median wage and have paid family leave, opportunities for relevant skill development, and a workplace that responds to the changing times. UW is a big, slow, well-meaning machine, but it's embarrassingly behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    Let your bright people join the meetings and the conversations, don't worry about offending the near-retirement seat warmer who demands hard copies of everything, be a voice for your team members in terms of professional development, benefits, and career opportunities. Embrace technology!!


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