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Updated June 5, 2017
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Pros
  • The University of Washington has an excellent culture and work life balance (in 100 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 105 reviews)

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

  • Pay somewhat below private sector (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Caution: Red Tape"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Assistant Director, Advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  4. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "RA/TA"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Research Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Can attend non-degree classes at UW with some administration fee

    Cons

    Limited benefit and salary for professional staffs. Limited growth space and non-dynamic working environment.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "RN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and education.

    Cons

    It's a snobby place and very political. I saw many patients who were confused and intimidated with health care navigation. It's easy to get lost as a patient and staff. High turn over rate in staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff and do the work for team building. People are unhappy. Patients are dissatisfied. No skill task alignment in some departments

  8. "Great environment for people who need flexibility"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and pretty good benefits. They will try and sell you on the tuition exemption program but be weary - it's VERY hard to take advantage of and only applies to a few areas of study. If this is a huge selling point for you do your research and make sure you can actually take the classes you want!

    Cons

    Poor management (and too much management), red-tape and politics make it hard to achieve success, slow work environment. This isn't a place for hungry young professionals, it's an environment suited for people looking for a stable, easy, job.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees and play to their strengths, foster growth and be receptive to new ideas


  9. "Husky Athletics Marketing Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    At times, very fun! You get to work on the field at Husky Stadium! You also get a lot of fun freebies and perks.

    Cons

    Pay is absolutely horrible. Barely enough to sustain a living. Also, the parking is VERY expensive.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Major Gifts Officer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Major Gifts Officer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Major Gifts Officer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-life balance (unless you have a big project, in which case no one is willing to give up a weekend or evening to help you, so good like there). Fantastic athletics program, which gives you the feeling of being at a "real" Division I institution. For some departments, flexible Fridays in the summer. Casual working environment. Beautiful campus. Generous 401K matching and retirement plan. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Decisions are made by consensus in large groups. While it's a process that may work for academic departments, trying to run the business aspect of the University in this way is nonsensical. Many, many, many meetings, wasted time and pointless conversations. Casual environment can lead to a lack polish and sophistication to external stakeholders, which translates to missed opportunities. No one answers the phone after 4:00 pm, and the UW lacks a "service" culture found at better institutions, where employees seem to genuinely care about excellence and mission. Titles mean a lot, but the people who hold them often know the least and are afraid to admit it. Junior staff who may be more experienced, or show talent in some areas, are not cultivated to grow. Silo mentality and lack of a sense of teamwork (and again, mission). No one will critique or offer authentic feedback out loud; it's almost considered to be rude to be honest or straightforward. UW calls itself "transparent" but few colleagues share information or collaborate. This place has the potential to rise and become a great place to work and learn, but no one wants to confront the thread of mediocrity that runs through campus. Divergent thinkers will not last here.

    Advice to Management

    Support great people with initiative, smarts and potential. Be open to diverse working styles. Understand that great ideas can come from anywhere (regardless of title).


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