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Updated June 15, 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. "Too many departments are being fractured by revolving door politics and H1B employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Senior Technical Writer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked with extremely cooperative and talented IT programmers.

    Cons

    The CxO level can make the work experience a little dicey.

    Advice to Management

    Consider keeping FTE and contractors rather than cycling in H1B to replace local talent. In the time I was there, I watched the highest turnover was in mid-management roles.


  2. "Research Scientist at UW"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health and vacation benefits and commuter pass was very cheap.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for raises.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Gain Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Learning opportunities
    - Positive / inclusive atmosphere
    - A sense that you're helping in the University's mission
    - Great location, easy transit / commute

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy
    - Low Pay
    - Difficult departmental politics
    - Salary discrepancy / imbalance for similar roles
    - Obfuscation of pay rates to individuals


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Housing and Food services"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Campus job - easy to get to from class, flexible schedule, good pay.

    Cons

    management issues, sometimes stressful work load


  7. "Financial Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large organization with impact and a socially progressive mission.

    Cons

    Little accountability around staff performance. Inflexible policies regarding working remotely, alternative work schedules, etc. No paid maternity leave.

  8. "outstanding place to work with"

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

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

    Pros

    it is avery good place to start your career

    Cons

    some of the academic rules are not flexible


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to exciting research and experienced professors. Beautiful campus with large budgets for research. Plenty of excited fellow graduate students.

    Cons

    No clear or consistent system for helping graduate students find employment. Experiences with individual advisors vary widely and have an important impact on current and future work.


  10. "It's ok"

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

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

    Pros

    sufficient training and relative flexibility; nice people

    Cons

    no skills acquired; grading papers can take forever; sometimes can be disorganized


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