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Updated November 20, 2017
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  • Depending on your department, work-life balance can be difficult to maintain (in 17 reviews)

  • nothing really, a pretty standart part time job (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Pays 20-50% lower than Seattle companies."

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work 40-hours per week, activities on campus, nice/lively campus

    Cons

    Pays 20-50% lower than Seattle companies. Director positions paid twice as much as direct reports, which is not in line with employee contributions. Slow/unrewarding pace.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate director-level salaries, in comparison with direct reports. Also take into consideration total contributions of these employees.


  2. "Medical provider at hall health"

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    Former Employee - ARNP in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - ARNP in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The patients, some members of the medical team and support staff. Location and benefits. Working on campus. Flexible hours. Ebb and flow with students in quarter blocks

    Cons

    Ineffective executive leadership and management including at the clinic manager and nursing manager level. Poor pay. Poor oversight by supervising departments

    Advice to Management

    Hire appropriately trained leadership and managers

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to be a student, probably great place to be faculty, miserable place to be staff"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + 40 hour work week, tops. Many people were rarely in the office for more than 30, and a few in my group had trouble managing more than a handful of actual work hours each week.
    + Lots of holidays and sick days, decent vacation time accrual.
    + Occasionally interesting work.
    + Beautiful campus.
    + Cheap food and reasonably priced gym nearby.
    + Decent benefits on paper.

    Cons

    - You can be the most senior staff employee in your entire department, and you're still lower on the totem pole than a first-year grad student.
    - Base salary is maybe half of industry average. Factoring in total compensation, you're lucky to make 1/3 of what you could in the outside world.
    - Advancement opportunities are nonexistent.
    - Work depends on the whims of the faculty and their students.
    - Your position could vanish any time a grant renewal doesn't go through, completely irrespective of the work you're doing.
    - Many people take technical staff jobs there as a kind of semi-retirement. Expectations are shockingly low and you have to be aggressively incompetent or unproductive to get fired, so you either have to be okay with being party to terrible work or pick up a huge amount of slack from your uncaring coworkers.
    - In practice the benefits are pretty bad. Matching 403b is less great given how low salaries are. The PPO medical plans aren't free and have poor coverage. The pharmacy plan I had was the worst I've ever experienced. Vacation time accrual starts very low and is non-negotiable.
    - Workspaces tend to be either old, spacious, and worryingly run-down, or new, well-kept, and packed like sardines.
    - Have to deal with obnoxious and oblivious undergrads regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let faculty directly manage staff. Set up a campus-wide staff org that prevents every staff job from being a dead end that's also a ticking funding time bomb. Give some indication that staff positions matter beyond the grunt work they are doing to help their professor churn out papers. Pay half as many people twice as much, getting rid of the folks who put in a solid four or five productive hours a week.


  4. "Average"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at University of Washington as an intern

    Pros

    people are nice, benefits are good

    Cons

    older buildings, faculty can be pretty arrogant


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Caution: Red Tape"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Part of an innovative university that is renowned internationally
    -Very focused on work-life balance

    Cons

    -Isolated environment for employees
    -Little opportunity to advance
    -Complacency amongst full time staff
    -CONSTANT red tape and inability to accomplish tasks. Everything is 'pending' because 15 other groups have to approve it as well. If you are motivated by accomplishment, this is not the place to be

    Seems the benefits package is what draws everyone in, and with a set salary people quickly loose their ambition to constantly grow as professionals. From the time I've been here, it seems as though everyone is just buying time to get a pension.

    Great environment to work in if you are middle-aged and wanting something a little more relaxed. But in my experience, if you want to accomplish things quickly, collaborate with others on projects, and enjoy going to work everyday, the UW probably is not the greatest fit.


  6. "Assistant Director, Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Advancement in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Advancement in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Tremendous community presence and support; a strong approach to training on dat side

    Cons

    Lack of knowledge for how they wanted to pursue particular donors; project change after hire; supervision from four different people, and direct supervision from someone with little to no fundraising experience whatsoever; a general air of uncertainty for how they wanted to pursue the position, and how I should pursue it as well; a typical, bureaucratic and blundered approach to academia employed with this particular position, where mentoring. finesse, and business savvy would have served to great benefit


  7. "Mostly good but, as with any job, a supervisor can make your job hell."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great teammates.

    Cons

    Specific to one supervisor I had: non-communicative, non-respondent, pointless meetings with no agenda and no action items (we were basically left to fend for ourselves and figure out next steps and troubleshoot problems).

    Advice to Management

    More oversight of supervisors, and particularly those who oversee temporary employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "OK place for a first job; horrible for mid-career people"

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 401k matching, no requirement of overtime, lax management style, easy to take time off

    Cons

    salaries well below market value, no potential for a career path, divisive and condescending managers, skills you gain are useless outside of academia. Great place to develop a cynical attitude towards employment. If you are considering a job here check out salaries (these are public info). Look up potential co-workers and "wa state employee salaries"

    Advice to Management

    Lose the snotty attitude - your PhD doesn't make you a god. Employees are not your grad students; they don't deserve to be treated as incompetent morons. The good ones can and will leave. Try some diverse hiring. Human resources needs to show more concern for employees and not just listen to management and deans.


  9. "RA/TA"

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    Former Employee - TA/RA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - TA/RA in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some smart students and advisors doing some good science.

    Cons

    Unprofessional work environment with poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make communication more open. Try to correct behavior of advisors and staff who generate student complaints instead of just ignoring concerns. Students are temporary but they are the backbone of the department.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bizarre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    It's a great school and it's very diverse.

    Cons

    The organizational culture is terrible. You are unable to do your job because staff are so passive aggressive. Incompetence is rife - staff play the blame game instead of finding solutions. Staff often flatly refuse to do their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop it with the passive aggression and turf-guarding. It's just plain weird and unprofessional.


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