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Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • The University of Washington has an excellent culture and work life balance (in 105 reviews)

  • Great benefits, nice to be a part of a big institution (in 109 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay somewhat below private sector (in 26 reviews)

  • Same pay for grads and undergrad part time employees (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fantastic benefits, excellent work/life balance. The school i work in has a wonderful work culture; that doesn't necessarily apply across campus.

    Cons

    Academia isn't built to support staff career growth - it's about supporting the work of faculty and students. As a result, you really have to advocate for yourself and manage up if you want to find growth opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    more staff development.


  2. "Good place to start, but not to build a career"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very interesting job, good learning experience, encouraging environment, reasonable work-life balance

    Cons

    No real opportunities to grow. You can stay in the same position all your life. Hierarchies are not respected or acknowledge by some of the managers.

    Advice to Management

    All good in general, but some managers could use more common sense.

  3. "Student Assistant"

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

    I worked at University of Washington (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay for the amount of work

    Cons

    Long hours and no schedule


  4. "Student Dining Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Student Dining Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Student Dining Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Working time is very flexible.

    Cons

    Good on campus work experience.


  5. "Great for work/life balance!"

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

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Large institution means robust policies and benefits, room to move, lots of resources.

    Cons

    Funding is tight; bureaucracy is REAL and can significantly slow down processes and create redundant models.


  6. "Excellent service from Payroll and Instructor"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff at the U.W. Finance/Payroll department were friendly, accessible, and responsive to all of my follow-up questions regarding onboarding and post-contracting issues. I was a T.A. and found working with Kris Fulsaas a JOY!

    Cons

    Zero cons to this gig! :)


  7. "TA/RA"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was involved in research as grad student. Decent insurance for grad students, great campus and facilities.

    Cons

    Would depend on position, really.

  8. "Great program to be in!"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Brush up on your earlier chemistry knowledge. The professors are kind and the programs are vigorous.

    Cons

    I don't have a con, except maybe that not every supervisor provides pizza during grading.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. "Professional, friendly environment."

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    Current Employee - Massage Therapist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Massage Therapist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University staff is extremely knowledgeable and educated with the importance of massage therapy to athletic performance. Schedule can be flexible and staff support is fantastic!

    Cons

    Depending on how many hours and teams you woukd like to work, there are times where work weeks can be very hectic, and others where you may need to work when the University slows down for the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Having a full time massage therapist would improve overall schedule g and provide more consistent treatment times with athletes.


  10. "Good health insurance, decent pay"

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    Former Intern - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Former Intern - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Washington as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance for graduate students includes mental health care and maternity care, standard, and the dependent care is fairly cheap. The connections are pretty good, but that will depend on your advisor -- a bad advisor can kill your prospects.

    Cons

    The pay barely seems to account for recent major changes in the housing market. The overhead and administration seems overbearing when dealing with grants and funding opportunities.


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