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UW Medicine Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Most people leave around 3:30 pm so work-life balance is great if you're into that (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits and employee recognition (in 25 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. "Administrative Assistant B"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Provides a decent salary, kind coworkers.

    Cons

    They value retention over competency when it comes to their employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Lions, Tigers, and Bears"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clerical in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Clerical in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a seat warmer for a better opportunity

    Cons

    Horrible leadership. Too many cooks and too many supervisors, leads, and managers. Bullying and micromanagement to the fullest. Our leads are paid so much overtime as a bribe to do managements bidding. Overflowing with seniority on evening and night shift for who need to retire.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of leads, supervisors, and managers by consolidating leadership. Leads are not essential. Don't keep them or let them take a step down either, find a way for them to exit. They drain with benefits, retirement, and overtime.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Poor Advancement Opportunities"

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    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.


  4. "Operations Manger"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management team, they do care about the staff.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Well intentioned, but high turn over and lack of incentive to stay."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Patient Services Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Patient Services Specialist 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

    Full benefits, pension plan, great health insurance, union protection. Connected to the transit system and subsidized transit card. Direct deposit.

    Cons

    Multiple competing priorities and lack of support for admin support staff. Lack of raises once you reach top of pay scale (usually within 1-3 years after hire). UW resists cost of living pay raises during contract bargaining. SEIU 925 doesn't communicate much with union members until the last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Give admin support staff cost of living raises without the union having to fight you for it. Support staff when patients are abusive to staff. Don't reward bad behavior from staff and patients.


  6. 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


  7. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UW Medicine part-time

    Pros

    Fantastic environment, lots of support from management and a good team atmosphere.

    Cons

    There's very little parking available, but a lot of public transportation opportunities.

  8. "Tremendous potential"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UW Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Great potential for expansion and therefore upward mobility for senior trainees to transition to faculty if the leadership recognizes important to cultivate and retain talent.

    Cons

    UW is a growth phase and with it lots of growing pains as it tries to break away from it's outdated culture of a "regional" center to a national center of excellence.


  9. "Cardiac Cath Lab"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    State of the art, academic medical center, transplant center, strong ties to SCCA and Children's

    Cons

    Salaries below market, parking is expensive, cost of living in the area is high, gray rainy winters, traffic can be challenging


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Hit or miss."

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    • 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.


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