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Updated September 22, 2017
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  • Same pay for grads and undergrad part time employees (in 26 reviews)

  • Pay somewhat below private sector (in 26 reviews)

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  1. ""How not to advance your career""

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    Current Employee - Plumber in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Plumber in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    steady year-long employment and in-house assignments

    Cons

    the incredibly high level of politics and unnecessary Diversity programs

    Advice to Management

    learn to manage, not dictate. Use trade level involvment and knowledge instead of white collar tactics


  2. "Not much going for it"

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    Current Employee - Bookseller in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Bookseller in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The store is on-campus, so it's convenient for students. They have a regular influx of new employees, so you'll meet a lot of people, some of whom are very cool. If you work in textbooks, you'll know when the best time to get a book at the lowest price will be.

    Cons

    Poor store and department management
    Pathetic wages
    Raises difficult to get
    Anti-union
    Inconsistent hours throughout the year
    Influx of poorly-screened new employees every semester
    Discount not competitive against online textbook prices
    Lazy, incompetent employees treated much the same as the best

    Advice to Management

    You should hire fewer people and work harder at keeping the good employees you have. Make sure you have what incoming employees will need to do their jobs available by the time they arrive.

  3. "stupid people get promoted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    possibility to take classes for free, smart faculty

    Cons

    very political place, extremely bureaucracy, people who work hard are not necessarily rewarded, very much a kiss-ass kind of place. 2 women basically control everything in the school of medicine, and they make bad decisions. Lots of people making a lot of money (management) who do almost nothing, supervising fewer and fewer people who are working really hard. No time to actually take a class.

    Advice to Management

    establish a culture where people are encouraged to move around from a dept to another, thus encouraging growth.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not at all what I expected."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Seattle's largest employer?
    Smart co-workers.
    Work can be intellectually stimulating at times.
    New, privately funded football stadium on the way (yes, I'm reaching for benefits here).

    Cons

    University funding is tied to Washington State's budget cuts.
    Benefits are terrible (you pay for every "benefit" out of pocket, i.e. health care premiums, gym membership, transit/parking pass).
    Clueless senior management.
    No chance at being recognized for great job performance, either through bonuses or staff recognition.
    Mark Emmert left UW earlier this year.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect.


  5. "The cultuare of arrogance is unfortunate in that it affects students and the strong management of good programs."

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    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Director in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Potentially stimulating environment. Pretty campus. Access to libraries, art galleries, athletic center. Some work can be considered valuable to the common good.

    Cons

    UW is an elitist organization where faculty rank students even lower than staff. The academic rigor is lacking. There is an art and science to the business of running a School within the UW system. Unfortunately, most Deans don't understand that art or science.

    Advice to Management

    Deans need to understand they hold leadership positions affecting their entire school - students, faculty and staff. Deans need to model what they teach and undertake their own leadership training.


  6. "A dark and political place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working with students and really smart people is great. The benefits are terrific. Education is a worthy cause and the UW is the best around. Some of the departments are fun to work in and take good care of their employees.

    Cons

    Some departments have revolving doors that drive off talented employees with good track records. Check the history of the department you are considering joining and ask some hard questions about turnover. Work your network to learn as much as you can about the group before you sign on. At least two groups have had notoriously high turnover of experienced women professionals with formidable backgrounds and records of accomplishment. Also, be aware that, though it is a business school, it does not run like a business. If you are used to the modern business best practices corporate America has to offer, you won't find them at the Foster School of Business.

    Advice to Management

    Question the patterns of firings, layoffs and turnover. If so many accomplished women are "failing," the school should be asking what is wrong with the managers. High churn is statistically associated with poor supervisors. Politics are making the Foster School an unhappy place to work and it is costing the university money to lose so much talent. The Dean is to be commended for building a building with a lot of windows, but he is leaving a legacy of a darkly political workplace, created by people very close to him.


  7. "Not very good. Govt. run organization."

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    Current Employee - Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Nurse in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Learn more quickly. Lots of trauma patints. Big emergency room.

    Cons

    Govt. organization. Managemnt has no clue whats going on.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up.

  8. "Health Professions Sick with Disastrous Hierarchy/Cronyism/Bullying"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the students - although there is a growing number who give off a sense that they are "entitled."

    Cons

    Medical, Dental, and Nursing schools are steeped in hierarchy and turf protection. Cronyism is a real problem. Devil Wears Prada atmosphere where woman on woman bullying is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Watch where there are areas of large turnover. Seek out information about bad management by faculty - bullying of students and staff. Students at least have a voice - staff feel small, voiceless, and defenseless.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "biblically screwed up"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sometimes very interesting priojects in engineering research, if you work hard enough and fight the system you might really have an impact on new discoveries and technology

    Cons

    terrible managment and planning, major challenge implementing even the most simple or obvious changes. Feels like a massively incompetent goverment agency.

    At times the work enviorment was hostile, abusive and corrupt.

    Peter principle can be seen with many of the faculty and staff, senior employees are almost never fired no mater how utterly incompetent.

    Compensation is low, and they try to screw you at every turn if you become eligilbe for benfits.

    Very few people truly striving to do better, most talented staff/students move on quickly making turnover on projects very high

    Advice to Management

    Cut the dead weight, stop just looking out for your own skin and actually put some energy into enriching the program for students instead of just focusing on balancing the department budget to pay your own inflated salaries


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Hierarchical"

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

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

    Pros

    The brand, the name, nothing else. It looks good on a resume which is the only redeeming value. Use that to get a real job.

    Cons

    You're not encouraged to advance or grow career wise. You must stay in the same job and it's expected. Managers grandfather in friends which makes the working enviornment that much harder. Refer a friend and if they don't meet the criteria, i.e. pretty blonde girl or blue eyed guy then forget it. They have the same hiring criteria as Abercrombie & Fitch. The infamous benefits are not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Stop allowing mangers and employees to run the company without supervision. Create a more diverse and fair playing field.


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