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Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • The University of Washington has an excellent culture and work life balance (in 98 reviews)

  • It was a great work environment, my supervisor was very nice so it was easy for me to ask for help if needed (in 104 reviews)

Cons
  • Depending on your department, work-life balance can be difficult to maintain (in 15 reviews)

  • There seems to be an organizational lack of motivation towards high performance as compared to private sector organizations (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "TA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington (Less than a year)

    Pros

    TAing is a good experience and has good benefits.

    Cons

    Grading can get tedious, especially with big classes.


  2. "postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexibility and academic freedom to pursue your own ideas

    Cons

    salary and career advancement limited


  3. "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good faculty, few noble laurates

    Cons

    Some faculty crooked, misuse of funds

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff for evaluation of research faculty.


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  5. "9 year employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great health insurance
    Opportunities for professional development through POD classes

    Cons

    Difficult commute for employees with disabilities


  6. "current employee"

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    Current Employee - Grant Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Grant Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, variety, and job security.

    Cons

    It's an institution....a big one.


  7. "Research Scientist III"

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    Current Employee - Lab Manager, Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Lab Manager, Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good flexibility, great people in most cases, good money. Great to work in an academic environment.

    Cons

    As a research scientist you're usually working on soft grant money. Puts you in a position to be looking for a new job every 5-8 years in my experience.

    Advice to Management

    Haven't really had any bad experiences at University of Washington with management in any position I've had there. In general, I think PIs do a great job.


  8. "postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    a great place for research

    Cons

    very difficult to live and do research with the pay scale

    Advice to Management

    pay postdocs more


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager in HCDE - Directed Research Group"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teamwork, nice people, love the hard work environment

    Cons

    A lot of in depth data, some of them might be involving with real life situations which made it a little difficult to comprehend.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc in Pathology"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent and supportive community. Many opportunities to grow in your career and experience outside of your lab.

    Cons

    As you probably know, the salary is not great, but is comparable to other public institutions.

    Advice to Management

    There is plenty of existing lab space on campus. Money would be better invested to support investigators struggling to keep current labs occupied in the form of bridge funds. When so much of the University's income is siphoned from research grants, perhaps it would make more sense to focus on keeping current space occupied by supporting existing faculty while they apply for additional funding than to invest in more empty space.


  11. "A community of people passionate about teaching"

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    Former Employee - CSE 142 TA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - CSE 142 TA in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Numerous resources to help staff with teaching/grading
    - Weekly community meetings and quarterly events to build strong bond within community
    - Experience with hands on teaching. Responsible for teaching 1-2 sections per week.
    - Strong cause: "help students succeed"

    Cons

    - Grading can take a significant amount of time
    - As a full time student, juggling course work and this job can be taxing

    Advice to Management

    The quality of the program stems from the quality of the people. Continue to seek out those who want the job for the right reasons.


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