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University of Washington Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • Depending on your department, work-life balance can be difficult to maintain (in 17 reviews)

  • nothing really, a pretty standart part time job (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Groundskeeper in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Groundskeeper in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love working at the University of WASHINGTON , the people was very nice and a very nice place to work , the Job was demanding but was was very fair , love the people that I work with . we all work together when we had to but still work good when we had to work alone , students was very nice and polite .

    Cons

    Sorry , there wasn't no downside about working there

    Advice to Management

    One thing that I did receive from there was respect from my coworkers and my boss , because I worked in 3 different building in the time I was there and the reason why was when someone was short handed at a building ,my boss always sent me there ,


  2. "Pleasant place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Plenty of talented scientists around and overall a nice community to be in. Location and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Little room to advance and pay is below industry.

  3. "Student Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    No heavy work
    Can work Study

    Cons

    some weird people
    I don't recommend if people cannot manage their time


  4. "Teaching Assitant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington part-time

    Pros

    Warm and Welcoming environment

    Cons

    I really liked this place, so I don't have any cons


  5. "Assistant Director, Advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The resources of an amazing campus community; supportive, collegial peers very interested in supporting each other; steady professional development opportunities; mentorship-encouraging culture.

    Cons

    Significant and shifting objectives for a position that was new; changing focus of the position after hiring; multiple direct-reports with differing views of priorities; very little in terms of leadership and solid direction from direct-reports; primary supervisor had little to no fundraising background; lack of mission, vision, planning that should have been done well in advance of hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Although I feel I developed a firm understanding of how UW approaches advancement and was supported with the professional training and resources I needed. Sometimes the culture of the unit contrasts with that of advancement. While one is a model of best practices, some of the units in which advancement has a role are monuments to process. Maneuvering the two cultures is certainly doable and is almost a given, and was also not the real issue. However, my difficulty came in working for someone whose career up to that point had consisted of more traditional, bureaucratic campus roles who also had little to no background in fundraising/development. They did not provide the leadership, encouragement, support, or even the benefit of wisdom and experience employees often need to some degree from those above them in the field, because they had no perspective of that past experience to offer. While colleagues from other units shared their own experiences of gaining a firm footing in the university happening over a time of six to eight months, I was told that wasn't an option, and yet, while I was eager to launch into donor discovery, my supervisor would not allow it unless she attended, which impacted my ability to schedule unless she was able to also join,. Ideas, project work, etc. were routinely met with negativtiy. With little direction, I assembled materials and drew ideas from my own fundraising experience, which, again contrasted with my supervisor's limited understanding of the field. Weekly meetings were also routinely negative. While I offered suggestions for building out the program, being shut down with little more than personal opinion at every turn, coupled with how little my supervisor could offer professionally ultimately led to my leaving the position. I should note that I actually do not dislike this person. I had hoped to build a significant mentoring relationship and in the process share what I knew of fundraising. As a weekly focus of disdain, I was encouraged to resign. Upon leaving the university, I was given advice by a very senior person in the UW community - "Next time, make sure you look for and find the right boss."


  6. "CSE TA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very rewarding work
    Teaches strong interpersonal skills
    All the courses I have TAed have had great communities where the TAs all know each other very well

    Cons

    Balancing with classes can be really difficult
    Grading is long, and often tedious, it is the most frustrating part of the job, however it is also very important

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the sense of community. It helps the TAs feel more cohesive, as well as makes it easier for new members to ask for help when they need it.


  7. "Technology Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Slow to change and adopt newer technologies

  8. "Regulatory Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Motivated Staff
    -Strong research portfolio

    Cons

    -Difficult to break into unless you already have a connection
    -Not a lot of opportunity to advance

    Advice to Management

    More competitive salaries.


  9. "Good, but variable."

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good on campus amenities.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be intense and leadership clueless, but it's very dependent on your unit.


  10. "Student Worker Records Services"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work hours, good community

    Cons

    Gentrification in the area, traffic,


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