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Updated May 27, 2022

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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

Pros
  • "Great benefits and usually always a green light to do the best and be the best.(in 450 reviews)
  • "Great people work there and the University education mission is important.(in 221 reviews)
  • "Hours are flexible and you are still in a college atmosphere (pro or con).(in 145 reviews)
  • "The campus is beautiful and busing into work is a cinch from most any part of the city.(in 131 reviews)
  • "Not too time consuming and good work/life balance(in 81 reviews)
Cons
  • "Low pay and you get to work with (some individuals) who practically can't be fired (union).(in 261 reviews)
  • "Low salaries for the cost of living(in 182 reviews)
  • "Bad management and hard to get in(in 69 reviews)
  • "Funding for teaching assistants and benefits is at risk as management seeks to cut costs; grad student experience varies based on department/program; parking is expensive(in 62 reviews)
  • "Managers always say we need to 'run like a business' but most of the managers have zero experience in the private sector(in 30 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    May 27, 2022 - Neonatologist 
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    Pros

    Lots of resources Collegial environment

    Cons

    High cost of living Compensation set at 50% AAAP benchmark

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Disability services is a joke

    May 24, 2022 - Administrative Assistant 
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    Pros

    Great benefits, union positions, a lot of really wonderful people

    Cons

    Central HR and disability services are extremely lacking. Their departments are minuscule compared to the size of the university, and their staff are often rude and largely unhelpful. I was diagnosed with a disability last year and my request for accommodation went unanswered for months, only to be told that they can’t give me that accommodation. In a meeting with my therapist, the disability services consultant interrupted her mid sentence to tell her that she is “the SENIOR disability services consultant” and doesn’t need my disability explained to her. I met with the ombudsman after this and was basically told that this is the way things are - UW likes to keep its administration lean even though HR is not big enough to serve such a large staff. I’ve worked for UW since I was 19 as a student. This place is my second home and I’ve never felt less welcome than I do now.

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Mediocre Pay, Toxic "Woke" Culture

    Apr 20, 2022 - Program Coordinator II in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    The work is mainly service-driven thus not that stressful working towards departmental goals.

    Cons

    This university just gets progressively more toxic in how it imposes its politics on employees who work here. It's like either you acknowledge the Duwamish tribe in your courses or shut up about it. You can easily tell where certain colleagues lie on the liberal spectrum by their decision to put their pronouns in their signature - not because any gender clarification is needed but because it gives them a sense of pride like they're really doing something to support marginalized groups with that pronoun in their signature. I was happy working here until my self-righteous white supervisor and colleagues decided they were experts on fighting racism and everyone else needed to "do the work" with the formation of a completely ineffective DEI team and hiring an external consulting group of equally like-minded people. Saying this as a person of color to all the other persons of color who start working here: Avoid your department's DEI committee like the plague. Trust me, you will not be there to "make a difference". You're sole purpose is to validate the whites and assure them that they know and understand everything about how to support people of color. Though it would be better for them to take a course on human psychology instead of grabbing their woke pitchforks and jabbing it at others like that's going to really do something for fighting racism.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Software engineer

    May 19, 2022 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    Pro: Remote workers feel less stressed and more focused. Con: Working from home can be lonely. Pro: No daily commute. Con: Communication and collaboration can be a challenge. Pro: Remote workers have flexibility in their schedules. Con: It's challenging to build a remote company culture. Pro: People who work from home have a better work-life balance.

    Cons

    Remote workers report that increased productivity, better focus, and less stress are some of the top reasons they work remotely. When you work from home, you're less likely to lose focus due to in-office distractions like background noise or interruptions from coworkers. With increased focus, you can get your work done more efficiently.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    great place to work!

    May 27, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    collaborative, innovative, positive and rewarding

    Cons

    commute to Seattle, workload, otherwise great!

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    RA at U of Washington

    May 26, 2022 - Research Assistant 
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    Pros

    The breadth of topics and collaborations. Seattle is a nice city to live in

    Cons

    A bit lower compensation. Not a lot of perks.

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great Place to Work while getting my Degree

    May 25, 2022 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Tacoma, WA
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    Pros

    Professor was an easy going person.

    Cons

    There was some inconsistency in the requests made

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Student Jobs Review

    May 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Jobs work with student schedules well

    Cons

    - can be difficult to commute to in the summer if you are not enrolled in classes or cannot afford to buy the u-pass.

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  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    management issues

    May 24, 2022 - Academic Advisor in Seattle, WA
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    Pros

    Colleagues were great to work with and very supportive

    Cons

    each college manages itself - some much better than others. when faculty with self interests in mind are in charge of programs that do not serve their interests, and they have no background in management or its issues, then advising, programming and student well being suffers

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  10. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Not a bad workplace but needs improvement

    May 10, 2022 - Human Resources 
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    Pros

    Good people to work with, excellent retirement benefits, challenging and very complex roles.

    Cons

    Salaries not competitive, especially for greater Seattle area and salary increases are very poor. Not at all easy to move up or to change jobs. Many people in higher positions who have been there forever who are not flexible or open to any type of changes and block progress. Benefits overall are average. Not enough work-life balance, especially for working parents.

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