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University of Washington Reviews

Updated 18 November, 2014
Updated 18 November, 2014
623 Reviews
3.8
623 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 43 reviews)

  • There is also the opportunity to take UW classes and of course the great benefits (in 46 reviews)


Cons
  • low salary, not easy to commute, living cost is expensive, campus is not very safe (in 18 reviews)

  • Do not expect the sort of salary increases that the private sector offers (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    OK, if you don't mind being a second-class citizen

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, intelligent people to work with.
    Fun to be around so many kids.
    Flexible schedule, informal dress code, great infrastructure to support teaching.

    Cons

    If you aren't faculty, you are lower caste, even if you are teaching a valued, popular class that no one on the faculty is qualified to teach.
    I was hired to provide outreach to the community for possible service relationships, and was amazed to find how little interest or ability there was to actually provide needed services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to serve the community, show some real commitment to do what the community needs, not just what happen to be the research interests of faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Very friendly work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at University of Washington as an intern

    Pros

    People are very friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    sometimes lack of efficiency, the knowledge management needs to be organized

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    - Beautiful campus
    - Smart faculty
    - Good facilities
    - Reasonable benefits to research assistants/TA's

    Cons

    - Bureaucracy of a large university
    - Experience is very dependent on particular department

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work, great people!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very busy

    Cons

    Reverse discrimination is quite rampant

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    UW is a great place

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

    I have been working at University of Washington (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance and benefits are excellent

    Cons

    No chance to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to be

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great university, lots of prestigious programs

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    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Fellow in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Modern research facility with lots of cutting edge research going on. Most people are friendly and open to scientific discussions.

    Cons

    Not so good administrative support, things can be difficult to handle and need to go through layers of approvals. Take a long time to get some simple things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the administrative more research oriented.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Solid place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Husky Union Building Event Services in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Husky Union Building Event Services in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good student job
    Flexible scheduling
    Great way to get work experience

    Cons

    No room for advancement
    Disorganized
    No benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well done. Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Place

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Generally supportive atmosphere. Very easy to broaden knowledge and skills with seminars, coworkers, and classes. Many other perks of being associated to a university like bus pass, boat house, work out facilities and more.

    Cons

    Pay is not as high as for profit companies. Not all bioinformatics departments are resourced like companies either. Would like to see more sick leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A decent teaching assistant experience

    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at University of Washington part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My department had great professional training and development. Faculty were good to work with, and I liked the healthcare plan.

    Cons

    While teaching assistant pay is usually low, UW has low pay relative to peer institutions.

  11.  

    Great place to work with excellent support services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at University of Washington full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The UW has an entire office dedicated to visa sponsorship support. There is also the opportunity to take UW classes and of course the great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of broad career training for postdoctoral fellows. Any training is highly academia focused and not enough information or training is provided to help postdocs make the transition into alternative careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The UW is training and producing a huge number of postdoctoral fellows. The training is geared towards academia but the numbers do not add up. There are far more postdocs that academic positions. Postdocs need broader career advice and tools to make them attractive to local companies. Make postdoc aware of alternatives to academia and organize site visits to local companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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