University of Washington
3.7 of 5 489 reviews
www.washington.edu Seattle, WA 5000+ Employees

University of Washington Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.7 489 reviews

                             

82% Approve of the CEO

University of Washington President Michael K. Young

Michael K. Young

(88 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is pretty good; vacation and sick leave good"
    in 33 reviews
  • "Very structured education system and great benefits for student"
    in 36 reviews
Cons:
  • "State university so budget cuts in the lats 5 years have been bad"
    in 12 reviews
  • "After that, my department couldn't find the resources to pay me even a fraction of my worth in the private sector"
    in 11 reviews
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great place to balance life and work

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

I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than a year

ProsPotentially stimulating environment. Pretty campus. Access to libraries, art galleries, athletic center. Some work can be considered valuable to the common good.

ConsIt's a giant public university, so obviously there are a lot of rules/regulations and general "big company" slowness and resistance to change that usually happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up what you are doing. Working with so many students who are constantly graduating can't be easy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great experience to practice your communication skills and build connections

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

I have been working at University of Washington part-time for less than a year

Proswork as you go to school

Conslimited amount of resource and hard to met people out side the loop

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Average workplace

Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat benefits and flexible schedule.

ConsLow pay and poor future career prospects.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Classic R-1, academic institution

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

I have been working at University of Washington full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmart people, beautiful campus, excellent location

ConsRaises are rare. Promotions are hard to come by. Positions are dictated more by degree-in-hand than by applicable experience and skills.

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Great place to work

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

I worked at University of Washington as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsI worked in the HFS department of UW for 3 years in a few different positions. Overall it was a great experience with fantastic mentors for someone just entering the workplace. There were lots of opportunities to grow and take on more responsibility as well as a very flexible schedule for a student.

ConsIt's a giant public university, so obviously there are a lot of rules/regulations and general "big company" slowness and resistance to change that usually happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up what you are doing. Working with so many students who are constantly graduating can't be easy.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid work/life balance

Web Developer (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

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

ProsGreat benefit all around, including lots of time off, and it's rarely (if ever) expected that one puts in more than 40 hours a week. Separate annual leave and sick leave means there is no drawback to calling in sick... which is great because I want sick people to stay home so they don't infect me!

ConsTuition exemption is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to actually use. Every department feels very separate from the rest of campus, making information sharing difficult, and promotions are basically impossible without changing jobs (which requires going through the same process as outside hires). Be prepared to manage your own career.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor an educational institution, we do a terrible job of on-the-job training. Off-handedly mentioning that tuition exemption exists does nothing to support employee development. POD classes don't do much either.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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being phd student in uw

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

I have been working at University of Washington part-time for more than 5 years

Prossmart people, great city, great culture, career opportunity

Consrainy city :) ... the salaries are a bit low

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Excellent research institution

Research Director (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at University of Washington as a contractor for more than a year

ProsLots of interesting research opportunities. Seattle is a great city to live in and people are generally happy here.

ConsMy research position was temporary and funded by federal grants. After that, my department couldn't find the resources to pay me even a fraction of my worth in the private sector.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Washington

ProsGood academic culture and Seattle weather.

ConsExpensive parking fee and no dynamics

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Nearly all positive, expect for senior administration.

Professor (Current Employee)
Seattle, WA (US)

I have been working at University of Washington full-time

ProsMy department is a great place to work. Our students are excellent, our staff top notch, and these attributes enable faculty to focus on their teaching and research. Salaries could be better, but offers elsewhere were never very enticing.

ConsThe senior administration under Mark Emmert and Mike Young has lacked transparency, effectiveness and honesty. They have been extraordinarily inept at maintaining support of the state legislature.

Advice to Senior ManagementMike Young is not the messiah he is made out to be and the Regents need replace him.

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

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