University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
601 Reviews
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601 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good (in 43 reviews)

  • Best reason to work at UW is for job security and great benefits (in 44 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.  

    nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time

    Pros

    Nice faculty and staff on campus

    Cons

    Mechanical Engineering Building is not nice

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator II in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator II in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at University of Washington full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stability, benefits, work-life balance, people, similar interests

    Cons

    You'll never get rich here! A lot of bureaucracy, which can be expected at such a large institution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It all depends on your goals

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist III in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom on time management and really good medical and retirement benefits

    Cons

    Chances are that you can have a jerk of a boss, or you can have a boring project that doesn't let you grow. You always depend on grants and money for science is getting shorter and shorter each year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Editor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and supportive work environment.

    Cons

    Low salaries. Long work hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place

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    Former Employee - Host in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Host in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good entry level jobs and fun people

    Cons

    Low pay, hard during studying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the workers who are detailed

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    There is good facilities and people are very motivated and take their work serious, although potentially a little too serious. The location is incredible and very beautiful.

    Cons

    There is too much focus on the publishing papers versus teaching and actual learning, its just another major research university that is focussed on prestige and not learning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    TA for CSE's Animation Capstone

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at University of Washington part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - You get to learn a lot more about what you teach
    - Worked with a great team of TAs
    - Very friendly staff and students
    - Good way to earn money while in school

    Cons

    - long hours with some unpaid overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Best work for a student!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Washington

    Pros

    There is nothing better to do as a student than to get to work on campus while helping other students.

    Cons

    Not getting health insurance and having to pay for it instead.

  10.  

    Typical Graduate Student Experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great medical insurance (I broke my leg, and they covered a HUGE chunk of it!)
    A lot of programs to bring students and staff together.
    For those going into science, the scientific community is great to be around, and has a lot of different functions.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is pretty awful. Some things that should take days, take weeks (or months).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Proceed with caution at UW Bothell

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    The Bothell campus is close to the Burke Gilman and Sammamish bike and walking trails. The grounds crew does an excellent job of maintaining the planters and garden beds. They even have cutting gardens at the Chase House and Truly House.
    The campus is not close to any restaurants. They do have food trucks come in several days each week with really good food. The buildings are newer and well maintained.

    Cons

    Unless you live within walking distance of campus, you will need to drive to campus and pay for parking. There is bus access but your commute could take twice as much time to get to campus. Parking is in short supply. You may have to spend a lot of time to find a new parking place if you dare leave on your lunch hour.
    As on main campus, budgets are tight for hiring new support staff. Expect a noisy work environment and cramped work spaces. I had worked at UW Bothell previously and only returned as a short-term temporary. I left after a couple of weeks. The job was a program coordinator with reception duties. For me, it was difficult, if not impossible, to do both simultaneously. One required paying attention to frequent visitors and the other required concentrating on work on the computer. It is indicative that support staff were expected to do the job of more than one person. I was dismayed to see that two new employees were hired to take over travel, purchasing and reimbursement duties from existing staff for all the schools. This might seem ok if they had hired from within. The two people hired were new to the UW and UW systems. They were expected to learn everything and take over after only a month on the job. Since they were sitting right behind me, their stress at this challenge was evident and palpable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your support staff. Provide them the tools and time to do their job. Don't try to stuff two jobs into one to save money. Provide adequate work space for employees who spend all day at the computer. At minimum, a cubicle with insulation from outside noise, interruptions and conversations. Provide adequate ventilation, lighting and storage drawers for purses, etc.
    Slow down on hiring new support staff until you have the space and resources for them. Hire managers with UW experience who know the systems.

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