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OHSU Reviews

Updated 11 December, 2014
Updated 11 December, 2014
154 Reviews
3.6
154 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits, embrace diversity among employees, adhere to fair policy guidelines (in 16 reviews)

  • Low intensity employer, good benefits, relatively stable (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • management is self serving and working there is like a work mill for low pay, no pay raise entire tenure (in 4 reviews)

  • The location is a drawback -- no parking, and public transit isn't always ideal (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    It Really Depends

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have a great PI who is committed to my professional and personal development. I work with bright people and we do cool work.

    Cons

    The pay as an RA II is terrible. On the plus side Portland is a cheap town and the benefits aren't too bad. Also, every center is different, and some PIs can be horrible managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Nice research place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    flexible, freedom in research directions

    Cons

    few people to discuss the research work on computer science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the biomedical engineering subject.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    variety lots of opportunity and friendly, retirement

    Cons

    parking fees, benefits going down,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OHSU

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, the work itself is exciting.

    Cons

    pay is low, limited personal growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hospital is great but research side needs to get more professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Trying to live up to the hype?

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OHSU

    Pros

    ONA & AFSCME ensure that all employees earn a living wage (or close to living wage)
    Career & Workplace Enhancement Center- free courses to develop your resume
    Internal hirees have preference- if you want to move up you can look at other departments
    Tons of jobs- 14,000+ employees and lots of movement
    Variety of jobs for people in & not in the healthcare mission
    Reasonable-good pay, benefits, esp. in first year
    Public Safety officers are awesome
    Cafes now serve Stumptown & Portland Roasting (after years of horrid coffee)

    Cons

    HR is not concerned for employees- zero outreach to employees- HR is often protective of bad managers
    Clinics continue to accept new patients even though they are well beyond capacity in terms of providers, support staff, clinic space, and clinic time
    A lot of egos walking around; dr's are not expected to treat other employees with dignity
    Lip service given to caring for patients, watching the "Empathy" video in every staff meeting, then being asked to work in a way that treats patients like numbers
    Many long-term employees forced out due to ageism and cronyism
    Managers & supervisors stay in place despite multiple complaints/grievances filed by unions/high employee turnover
    $12/day for parking!! Expecting 14,000 people to ride the bus or else shell out big $ just to drive to work!
    After 1st year health insurance costs increase if you don't perform & log so many "healthy" activities
    Antiquated practices that don't mesh well with the emphasis on research and innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before I worked at OHSU I was told by so many people that it was THE BEST place to work in Portland. After spending a couple of years here, I'm a little disenchanted. We have two great unions who struggle to keep OHSU in line with the contract that has been negotiated. I've witnessed racial discrimination, managers nitpicking to the point of abuse, and the promotion of ignorant snitches over dedicated employees who do their job well and don't try to throw other employees under the bus. I want to believe that OHSU is a wonderful place. A lot of my day-to-day experiences have been wonderful and I think OHSU can be a great place to work. However I think a lot of the good things here are really due to the hard work of ONA & AFSCME, or the dedication of faculty and staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Left hand vs right hand- not working together over time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff RN NICU/Peds Areana in Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Staff RN NICU/Peds Areana in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at OHSU (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    progressive, educational hospital, great networking ability with various professionals . various teams function well, others not so much, same as most large hospitals.
    Opportunities to lean , and grow, and try new areas of nursing.
    discount at University school of nursing to further education available after either 6 or 12 months of employment.

    Cons

    policies change like the wind,
    ONA has to push to get University Hospital to comply with Contract,
    can count the number of units that work well with union on one hand, others require much monitoring
    unfortunately if you mess up as administration they shuffle you off to another dept, and don't always deal with the issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuity, work better with the union, stick to contract, and deal with administrators, or supervisors who are out of line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good work culture: family values first, job duties second. Very refreshing and positive outlook.
    4 weeks of paid vacation with a max of 6.5 weeks. having to take vacation because you have too much is a good problem to have.

    Cons

    Parking is scarce and expensive. Salaries are a bit lower than average for the area, but they make up for it in benefits, work flexibility and perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Biomedical research opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong research in specific areas such as stem cells, cancer, and neuroscience

    Cons

    Difficult commute by car, parking, inconvenience of access to stores and facilities outside of work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Don't.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator

    I worked at OHSU full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are great and really the only lure. If you just want to collect a paycheck, neglect your family/personal life and work off the clock to keep up with your workload then this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    If you demonstrate any desire for career growth you will be eaten alive. Management is not supportive of career growth. They will respond as if you're out to take their job and you WILL become their target.
    It is a union shop. Pay into it all you want but when it comes time for support they run because the work and effort needed to finish your request is too hard.
    Human resources is a joke. There is nothing human about exploiting the employees and nothing is truly confidential because they are the same people talking to your neighbor on the bus about the goings on at work.
    Access to basic office supplies will depend on which department you work for. The closer to the Knight cancer research you are the more likely you will not be questioned about ordering pens and post its for your desk and it will be less likely that you will have to do your own housekeeping. That is right, you might have to empty your own trash, put in *several* requests for very basic bathroom facilities cleaning because that is not done on a regular basis. Regular cleaning is just done in restrooms deemed 'public', sharing a bathroom with 50 plus colleagues is not considered public enough to warrant daily custodial services. That is not just during the 'tight' times, it is part of the culture.
    The distribution of resources for just the basic of necessary work equipment is laughable. You may have to beg for a monitor that doesn't short out while a colleague has a closest full of extra computers, iPads, and other digital equipment that they don't use, some of it in original packaging.
    Working through your lunch is the norm because that is when everyone is 'free' for meetings, but don't think that as an hourly you get that time accounted for. Working off the clock is the status quo and ignored by all. It has become an ingrained part of the culture. Managers are aware and turn a blind eye, especially when they need something after hours. There is an expectation to be on call 24/7, yes even for hourly admin assistants. Don't you dare account for that time either. You will be written up, after all they have a payroll budget to stick to and that would just make your manager look bad.
    Need IT support? Better Google your problem first, after all that is what IT will direct you to do when you call the help line.
    There are so many things wrong with the org chart and accountability structure.
    Parking? I waited SEVEN years for the privilege to pay almost $200 a month to park my car.
    Retirement? If you dare select the wrong plan you will pay out of pocket while your coworkers don't.
    Healthcare benefits? The latest plan forces you to choose your doctor at OHSU or pay an exorbitant fee to continue with the doctor you have had for 12 years. So guess who your coworkers on public transportation will be talking about while you wait those years for your parking permit?
    U is for university and just like in the acronym the university is last in the mind of management. The complete disregard for students is shameful. Last minute changes to a program mid academic year is the norm. Dont worry, they will have the ear of the administration but be prepared to be called up on professionalism conduct charges.
    Don't ever feel safe, the threat of reorg to rid of you is always a vocalized threat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is your staff doing the work to make you look good. A simple acknowledgement of the work done by them will get you farther but does not curtail the fact that your expectations are unreasonable.
    Face the fact that you are just as disposable to the university as you treat the rest of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    okay place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher in Portland, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Portland, OR (US)

    I have been working at OHSU full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very flexible time schedule,reasonable work load

    Cons

    pay is not good and no career development track

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