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UW Medicine Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great benefits, good service culture (in 23 reviews)

  • Most people leave around 3:30 pm so work-life balance is great if you're into that (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Staff are heavily managed while upper management is either unaware or tolerates the behavior (in 6 reviews)

  • Union was formed 2013 but lack of communication and no current contract make the amount taken out of your paycheck not worth it (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "UW Medicine IT Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Never worried about being fired. Competent people trying to do their best despite the environment. Benefits were good, especially vacation/sick leave. Health insurance (thankfully) was great. Hours were generally good, if almost lackadaisical at times.

    Cons

    Depressing environment. Siloed. Always behind the curve on technology. Managers refused to coordinate with each other. Several groups doing variations on the same jobs, several times over. Don't expect salary increases. Public hospital institution means any change or update seemingly takes years to perform. Top-level management did not seem to understand or even care about what the staff actually did.

    Advice to Management

    UW Medicine IT need(ed) energy, particularly a reorg of all the various groups accumulated over time, with an eye on creating one unified team across all the UW Medicine properties instead of competing groups segmented by product line who think it's their way or the highway. You can't expect to be flexible enough to grow if your current structure is already creaky.

    Please remember: Physicians are often intelligent. IT staff are often intelligent. IT staff are not going to tell you how to perform heart surgery. Please accord IT staff the same respect.


  2. "Registered Nurse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    UW is a very stimulating environment to work in. I like how much research is conducted here. Being a University hospital, our care teams are diverse, and learning and mutual support are priorities.

    Cons

    We have neonatal but no other pediatrics in this hospital so it's not an option for those interested in that.

    Advice to Management

    Please be transparent with employees and make yourself available to us as an important point of contact.


  3. "Slow paced,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and the relatively slow paced nature of the place.

    Cons

    There were a lot of internal politics.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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!!


  6. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, interesting and educational

    Cons

    Upper level management not involved enough

    Advice to Management

    If you are in charge of a conducting a study that needs precision and accuracy, be present!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Uw Medical center"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Medical Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They have great pay and awesome benefits.

    Cons

    They have poor management all around. They manage the hospital from the top down and don't always put patients first unfortunately.

    Advice to Management

    listen to the people who are at the Frontline working with the patients on a daily basis


  8. "Dietary Clerk"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Dietary Clerk in Vallejo, CA
    Former Employee - Dietary Clerk in Vallejo, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at UW Medicine (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great colleagues, great schedule, easy access for purchasing food/snacks, great views, nice walks available during breaks, friendly staff/patients

    Cons

    Bad management, needs more team work involvement,


  9. "Bullied out of a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RN II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - RN II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Great Pay, Great Patients.

    Cons

    Established work cliques run the floors and decide who makes it through orientation and who doesn't.

    Advice to Management

    Actually listen to new employees


  10. "Patient Care Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Patient Care Technician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Patient Care Technician in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    GOOD BENEFITS, COMPETENT STAFF, OVERTIME IF WANTED

    Cons

    WORKING SHORT STAFFED MOST OF THE TIME

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Nursing Staff to help Patient Care Technician when short staff as they are instructed to.


  11. "UWNC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UW Medicine (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great People and patients to work with

    Cons

    Needs to communicate more with employees



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