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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • The University of Washington has an excellent culture and work life balance (in 99 reviews)

  • Great benefits, nice to be a part of a big institution (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. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "Employment"

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


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


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  5. "Resident/Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  6. "Housing and Food services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  7. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Great place for graduate school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, sharing space with world-class researchers, located in a major tech hub (Seattle).

    Cons

    Success as a graduate student is extremely dependent on your ability to self-motivate, politics in departments, funding concerns.


  9. "RA/TA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TA/RA in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - TA/RA in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some smart students and advisors doing some good science.

    Cons

    Unprofessional work environment with poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make communication more open. Try to correct behavior of advisors and staff who generate student complaints instead of just ignoring concerns. Students are temporary but they are the backbone of the department.


  10. "UW"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    World renowned research university in beautiful Seattle.

    Cons

    Irrationally skewed compensation. Decent though less than competitive benefits.


  11. "Sr. Graduate Program Advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Academic Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Academic Advisor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to stick around
    good vacation/sick leave accural & rollover
    mostly good benefits
    encourage good work/life balance
    company proud to work for
    advancement possible

    Cons

    No paid maternity leave
    Exhaust sick/vacation leave for maternity
    tuition exemption opportunities dwindling

    Advice to Management

    Start offering paid maternity leave
    make easier for employees to get more education


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