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University of Washington Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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Pros
  • The University of Washington has an excellent culture and work life balance (in 104 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 107 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. "Research Technologist"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technologist 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

    *Lots of time off.
    *Virtually impossible to loose your job.
    *With such a large workforce there are some wonderful co-workers who really care about doing a great job.
    *If you enlist with the right group, there are exciting opportunities to do some great research.
    *Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    *Lowest pay around.
    *Few opportunities for any significant advancement.
    *A rampant culture of "Thats not my job."
    *Your working in an environment where ineffectual employees cannot be / are not let go.
    *Archaic administrate systems in place such as purchasePath, Leave Time Reporting, ect.
    *Management doesn't work with / respect the opinion of those individuals without advanced degrees.
    *Rife with bureaucracy (the ineffective, inefficient, inflexible variety).

    Advice to Management

    Whatever I were to report here would be dutifully ignored by management. I am speaking specifically of department directors as those would be the only levels of management bureaucracy I would have access. There are so many levels to the bureaucracy it makes my head spin!


  2. "Anonymous"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent for this time and place. Work life balance. More life. Non critical if you know the basics of your job.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. Maintain the status quo at all costs and if you challenge that status quo in the least you will be alienated, isolated and retaliated against. Even if you think you're just doing the job you were hired for.

    Advice to Management

    Hold management accountable.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional Environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours; very pleasant campus environment and work setting; many offices have windows; support for communication and expression around projects;

    Cons

    Lack of technology, my work area, experience of understanding of typical practices; distrust for new ideas, because project support is based on old, long-term relationships of stakeholders; treatment of contract positions as fungible and below others;

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to ask questions and to walk through a project despite challenges.


  4. "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Student Barista in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Barista in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros were that you could have a flexible schedule because there were so many employees and that it was conscientious because all the locations were on campus

    Cons

    The worst part was by far the management. They had no respect and no organization. It was all he said she said and a complete mess.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of treating others how you would like to be treated. Respect your employees and acknowledge them for their hard work.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Program Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Huge access to data, and extremely bright people. Breathtaking beautiful campus!!!

    Cons

    Bully culture, antiqued policies, did I mention it's a depressingly effective bulling culture. It would be okay if you could just take one of these individuals behind Mary Gates Hall and express thyself with punch combos, but that's the last thing anyone needs.... Depressing. Could really be an ideal place to work...

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN!!!!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Drill Down"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Physician in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Physician in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    diverse, commited staff at county hospita

    Cons

    academic politics, corporate restructuring, poor pay, potentially hostile work environment


  7. "Too many managers, too few staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome benefits, stunning location, great co-workers

    Cons

    Ridiculous hierarchy, lots of micro managers

    Advice to Management

    If you have brilliant employees just let them do their jobs.

  8. "Graphic Designer"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Intelligent and enthusiastic faculty and students.

    Cons

    Faced with cynical and bored management, lots of talking behind people's backs,

    Advice to Management

    Prozac or retirement.


  9. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience to be part of a research project.

    Cons

    not enough hours as promised in the interview and therefore, zero benefits. Left to work pretty much alone in schools on the Eastside. Very little contact from team members.


  10. "Mediocre with little room to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on the type of research you do, you might be in a lab with better potential to grow and support from peers.

    Cons

    Management seems to focus on benefiting the company at the cost of the employees well being. Very rigid structure management follows with no wiggle room for exceptions, blindly so.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employees requests and provide better support.


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