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University of Washington Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 556 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(108 ratings)

82% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 39 reviews)

  • Very structured education system and great benefits for student (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe (in 15 reviews)

  • Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected) (in 13 reviews)

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    Great environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people and positive environment.

    ConsNot a lot of opportunities for leadership

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    Great place to work as a student

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsAs a engineering research assistant (with funding), tuition, insurance, and living stipend were covered. Research also counted to degree credits. Great opportunity to get into leading-edge technology, and R&D. Good networking when attending conferences. Especially good experience when looking to make a career in R&D and Academia.

    ConsWorking and full-time graduate school leaves little personal time, but that is expected. If you're looking to make a career in industry, two-years of work experience may be better than Master's/Research.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing negative to say here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beautiful Place to Work

    Senior Computer Specialist (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsGreat work/life balance. People are friendly and knowledgeable. Location is wonderful; campus is beautiful.

    ConsSalary freezes for most of time there. No performance reviews offered in 5 years. A lot of uncertainty after 2008.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for science-based classes

    Student Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsVery resourceful library research
    Pretty good career center
    Great access to facilities, like library, buspass, etc
    Great quality teachers that are knowledgeable in their field

    ConsSeveral majors (esp weird majors with less consumers) advisors are really lacking
    Pretty restricted for equal opportunities for international students (the advisors suck big time)

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease make it better for the ISS. International students are also a great asset to the community.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great School

    Student Assistant (Former Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsIf your a student doing the Work Study program, the best part about it is that they are very flexible with your school times and are willing to change your hours when needed, of course this varies by the department you are working at, but as for my experience, the School of Public Health provided an unforgettable yet growing experience.

    ConsThe only con I have in mind is working in the Health Sciences Building. It can be confusing to navigate and even more difficult to give directions to others on the phone!

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing, the School of Public Health was understanding, very friendly and helpful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for students as a secodn job

    Student Assistant (Current Employee) Tacoma, WA (US)

    ProsEasy, can be a student and work

    Conswork follows you home, pay and hours are low

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend less money on pointless stuff

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good mission, reasonably good management

    Analyst (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsWell-run organization, for the most part
    Convenient location
    The mission is excellent, whether you're in medicine or education
    Colleagues are generally very committed and skilled (little dead wood)
    Good benefits, although the cost share for medical benefits is creeping up (~$80/mo, for an OK plan)

    ConsJob security is low
    Unless you can take a bus there, transportation and parking are difficult and expensive. Subsidized transit pass helps.
    Skills and job training aren't free (your department has to pay)
    Pay is competitive with other non-profits; not competitive with the private sector (but that's to be expected)

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm sure they're aware of anything I could say here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    it's a good place to work at.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    Prosthe weather is moderate and the people are nice. The technology scene is vibrating.

    ConsSometimes it can get really gloomy over the winter. The management is not top-tier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet people from broader scientific background in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Job satisfaction depends largely on your supervisor

    Program Manager (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsGood work-life balance, training opportunities, flexible work schedule. Co-workers are generally good people and division of duties is often clearly spelled out given the roles of staff, faculty, etc.

    ConsStrong hierarchies are difficult to overcome, job satisfaction depends greatly on who supervises your work, most supervisors are not well trained, and not consistency in terms of methods or processes for doing work across different units at the university.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUW used to be a desired place to work but now it is just a place of employment for staff. Faculty have tenure and other motivations, but for staff the UW is paycheck source and not a very good one. Universities are highly inefficient places with regard to human resources. Lots of staff are underutilized and undervalued. Time to get your ship in order.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    being a grad student sucks

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Seattle, WA (US)

    ProsIt is nice to have funding to attend conferences around the country. You get good public speaking skills.

    ConsThere is no concept of work life balance. You're supposed to work 60+ hour weeks yet be happy with salary policies that assume 20 hr weeks. There is no time for teaching but that is required too. The health insurance sucks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople go to grad school to learn, but they are also at the time usually adults in their mid-late 20s or older with bills to pay and families. Being treated like students despite working full-time robs us of dignity and financial benefits (like decent health insurance).

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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