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University of Washington Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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Pros
  • The University of Washington has an excellent culture and work life balance (in 97 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 102 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. "UW excellent for graduate school in the sciences"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Involved with cutting edge research, lots of shared use facilities available, wonderful benefits, and emphasis on work-life balance not found at some other R1 institutions (however, this can vary across departments)

    Cons

    As with any graduate program, the relationship the student has with the advisor is paramount. While I have not experienced this myself, I have heard complaints about the glacial pace at which higher level administration responds when students must unfortunately lodge formal complaints against advisors (*very rare, but does happen*). However, I believe this is a sticking point at any large R1 institution.


  2. "Excellent department, supportive supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    direct interaction with students makes it worthwhle

    Cons

    Some tension between faculty and staff


  3. "I love the UW!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked as a student teacher's assistant by invitation- it was a perfect part time job and provided flexible hours, a relationship-based community, and fair pay. Also, I was able to work in one of the best universities!

    Cons

    In midterms and finals, especially as a student myself, this job can feel quite busy and you might feel stressed managing so many things at once. Also, you are capped at a certain amount of hours.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any specific advice- I found my professor to be well-versed in the trade, supportive and willing to help, and passionate and dedicated to the company. While I have had no interaction with them, I feel as though the leaders in the UW as a whole are too concerned with political agendas.


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  5. "Facilities Project Architect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Facilities Project Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Beautiful Campus.

    Cons

    Pay somewhat below private sector.


  6. "Classified Program Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits
    Plenty of paid holiday's and vacation time
    Willing to help learn other jobs

    Cons

    Hard to keep track of pay scale since a Union job
    Lack of upward mobility


  7. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  8. "Employment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great prospects, high-profile projects, state-of-the-art techniques

    Cons

    Long hours, extensive troubleshooting, competition, review

    Advice to Management

    More personal support


  9. "Student Assistant at University of Washington Medical Center"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with schedule if you are a student. Good customer service experience while going to college. Developed great sales and a little management skills.

    Cons

    Parking is horrible if you want to drive to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the hard work and keep doing a good job managing students.


  10. "Resident/Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rigorous education
    Exceptional attendings
    Good case mix

    Cons

    Not friendly to international graduates
    Noncollegial work environment
    Lack of attendings' support
    Limited mentorship and guidance

    Advice to Management

    Increase diversity among residents and fellows
    Recruit attendings that can be role models for collegial relationships with other attendings, residents and fellows


  11. "Housing and Food services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


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