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UW Medicine Reviews

Updated June 10, 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
  • UW resists cost of living pay raises during contract bargaining (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Advancement Opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Security, good benefits, retirement.
    Good for those without a college degree or those who are working their way through college.

    Cons

    Classified Staff have very few opportunities for advancement within the UWMC.
    Very hierarchical attitude toward those in the lower level positions.
    Employees from outside the UWMC are often hired when there are qualified internal applicants. Clinics are chronically understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    There are currently no meaningful mentoring or learning opportunities to promote advancement for Classified Staff and other lower-level positions. Prioritize interviewing, educating and promoting internal applicants over external applicants. There are many internal employees who apply for numerous positions that they are rarely or never given an opportunity to interview for.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I'm now Ron Swanson and loathe government"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.

  3. "Stressful, unrealistic, and unsupportive"

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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
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Contact Center Rep"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, renowned company. Not too much more I can say.

    Cons

    UW in general is cheap- wont pay you for the work you have done, they don't respect their employees. At the contact center, there is a lack of communication, employees are treated as cattle, no room for advancement, UW is ALWAYS fighting the union about the rights of employees. All around, not the best place to work, looks great on your resume though.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized and broken at times"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Service Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Patient Service Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, full state employee benefits, Pension plan, great medical benefits at a great price (Regence Uniform), union protection, employment contract (most jobs are union shop jobs), guaranteed raises

    Cons

    Broken pay scale (you top out within a few years since UW Med hires halfway up the pay scale), adversarial relationship with management due to them having to follow the union contract, lack of clarity on policies and procedures (think of "this is the way we've always done it"), employment contract bargaining every 2 years, lack of support from management in regards to abusive/disrespectful patients

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff more by fixing the pay scales, treating us with respect, bargaining in good faith (not offering an insulting 1% raise over two years when professional staff just received 4-7% merit-based raises), and not just doing what you've always done.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Dialysis/Pheresis Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Nice environment, innovation, technology

    Cons

    Union Bullying, incompetence, unqualified employees in particular departments

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to fire union bullies, refuses to do so out of fear of litigation. Hold managers accountable for hiring QUALIFIED employees, uphold educational and professional standards for positions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to publish in manuscripts and submit presentations to conferences

    Cons

    Some awful mentorship, budget cuts

    Advice to Management

    Need more managers who actually believe in a group effort rather than thinking employees are meant to be controlled

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Contact Center Representative"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Contact Center Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Health Care. Pension and the salary is good call center role.

    Cons

    Disorganized department, Treated like cattle and training at the time in 2011 was inefficient and disorganized. Department plays favorites and don't care what the typical employee cares. Union was formed 2013 but lack of communication and no current contract make the amount taken out of your paycheck not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Refer to above


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Office politics of a soap opera nature make the job harder than it has to be."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Compliance Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The UW collegiate environment, the central Seattle locations, combination of vacation & holidays observed (as a State job).

    Cons

    Ambitious personalities often make working on projects as a team difficult. Administrators and managers use fear as a management technique, constantly 'reminding' everyone that they are expendable.

    Advice to Management

    Gain a better understanding of the work you manage, try doing the work for a bit.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Such high hopes, but sadly disappointed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great benefits offered, exciting work environments, and a leader in healthcare.

    Cons

    Training not sufficient, not ideal to travel to daily (took 4 hours daily for commute via Metro), advancement not easy to come by, and after you separate from employment they say it will take 6-8 weeks for your final benefits check to be processed and received (this was a lie as well, it took 10 weeks).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of your employees. For goodness sakes they are the ones doing the tasks and most likely know what will be the best workflow to benefit the teams.


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