University Of Washington
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Amazing campus and people... stiffling corporate culture... not so great pay

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Beautiful campus and a lot of great people. The libraries are amazing. The work environment can be great but leadership and management in a few schools love their LEAN corporate ideologies of endlessly reinventing processes to the detriment of actual harmony and productivity. Everyone works really hard to institute some unwanted change and then the leadership cycles out, moving on to greener pastures leaving the peasants with mess while the newcomers reinvent the wheel yet again. They seem to have little knowledge or regard for what their staff do and the impact of maintaining such poor compensation. Most of their professional development courses are pretty much useless for professional development outside of the UW and what they do offer is really just basic training for their narrow, complicated yet low paying niche positions.
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Liberal Wonderland

UW is unmatched when it comes to pay and benefits. It's a relatively nice campus too. You are never far away from an interesting conversation or people. The job I was doing was very laid back and easy. I couldn't believe how much I would get paid for working so easy.However, there is something in the backdrop. Those same people who seem so team-oriented, and friendly will in fact scheme or try to get others in trouble for absolutely no other reason than saying a word they didn't like or just because they are bored. Strange culture.

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Great pay, Great Benefits. Working smarter not harder is appreciated.

Cons

Jobs never quite safe.
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Not a good place to work

Low wages for this inflation. Overworked and Underpaid is the constant them there. Would not suggest working there unless you put benefits overpay . Bad coworkers no parking unless you pay 17 bucks a day

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Benefits

Cons

Overworked Underpaid under staffed always
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Great place to learn, grow, and network

The research experience I gained at UW helped me immensely to get a job. UW also provided ample opportunities to network and prepare for job applications. I also got my first out of college job using UW's career portal.

Pros

Great learning opportunities

Cons

Can't think of any
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Fun place to work

It’s a fun place to work and wlb is good. And I got to work on some cool projects that utilized the skills I learn in class. The Professor is easy to work with.
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Good benefits poor pay

The benefits are good they pay about $10 less an hour than the other hospitals. Which it makes it hard to retain staff and they are always having to retrain and rehire because they can’t keep people.
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Favoritism and bullying

There are people who "run" the clinic but make everyone else do the work. They are not even managers. This group constantly bullies others and ends up making people leave the clinic. The turnover rate is crazy and can never be fully staffed and keep people. The managers don't do anything and are friends with the people in this group. If you ask for help they act like they care but in the end say nothing can be done and turn it towards you that you did something wrong.
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Not Great

The benefits packages are good, but there is no flexibility and you probably won’t have time for lunches. Autism Center space is very depressing with fluorescent lighting and no windows.
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1 star

What is the best part of working at the company?Nothing bestWhat is the most stressful part about working at the company?Poor managementWhat is the work environment and culture like at the company?Hectic and stressful What is a typical day like for you at the company?Variable and undefined task
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University of Washington is an excellent University Hospital for research.

University of Washington (UW) is a beautiful campus on the northern slopes of the Montlake Cut, in the string of tributaries between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. The campus is accessible by bike and public transportation and is a top-notch public research university with a sprawling healthcare network in the greater Seattle area. A typical day at work will vary depending on your role; most research scientists are embedded in teams nested within the University hierarchy. There is little to no relationship between most research science engineers and management. UW is an excellent space to learn and continuously hone your data science skills. But considering a typically stuffy ivory tower culture, the workplace culture is unsurprisingly asymmetric. Asymmetric in terms of compensation and benefits and also in terms of work-life balance. At the end of the day, the most enjoyable part of the job was the freedom and access to resources to learn the skills demanded by the research science you engage in.

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campus location, benefits

Cons

work-life balance, compensation
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Great work life balance. Good workplace for parents.

Take home pay isn't competitive, benefits package is great. Especially good place for parents to work. Flexible schedule is a plus. Great opportunities for young clinicians to get mentoring.
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Big academia

UW is definitely a land of professional opportunity. Much as you might expect from big academia the wheels of progress move glacially slow and lots of senior staff hangs around way too long. Other than that it is an inspiring place to work with a beautiful campus and lots of bright minds.
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Little Pay and Over Worked

I worked at UW for two years, there was very little room for advancement and pretty low pay in comparison to the cost of living in Seattle. Overall, I had to leave because I was so stressed about finances.
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Better than most

UW is a state institution so technically a State/government employee. It really depends on which Department you work for...as every department runs differently. Very difficult to assess University as a whole when i have worked in 3 different depts out of hundreds at UW. Also, note that positions are divided into classified and professional positions...former being a union position and retirement benefits are different between the two. Only professionaly positions received matching IRA contributions.

Pros

Benefits, Vacation(increases based on years worked).

Cons

Commute into Seattle.
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Low pay and have to pay for parking

First off, the pay is below average. Annual raises are about 1.5% which is bad. Pay for parking even as a employee. It gets very expensive to park. Lost more money working than able to save up.

Pros

Pretty campus

Cons

Parking, low pay, bad raises
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Overall enjoyed it

Worked as a PT. The actual staff is lovely and the direct supervisor was great. Upper management is more challenging to deal with. Lots of top down policy changes that didn’t make sense on the local level. Undermarket wages. That being said I would have stayed if not for a move out of state
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Managers are yes people. No one has your back

Management are often the people that say yes to everything and don’t question authority. They often don’t have the level of training if the people they oversee so are often threatened by them.
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Coworkers and management are easy to work with.

Filing paperwork, and exams, and taking down notes for other students while also managing PowerPoint sessions and attending events while providing awareness. The biggest thing to get past is the terrible parking just to get to work, as well as the location being pretty bare in terms of activities locally.
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Flexible work

Show up at OH, lectures, not too much pressureLove my professor and helping out, satisfying work to help out people taking the class after youTA manager is very helpful
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Empathetic supervisors ready to help you learn

I had a great experience as a student employee at that University of Washington Libraries. The other student employees were professional, reliable, and easy to get along with, and the supervisors were constantly supportive. We were able to accrue paid time off and library student employees have the opportunity to apply for a Library Student Employee Scholarship each year. They are about $1000 each and several are awarded each year. Generally an easy job but it can become a bit stressful during the busiest hours.
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Good Learning

Good learning opportunity, great folks to work with. Really enjoyed the work and learned a lot. Work was flexible and accommodating for students. Overall good experience.
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3.7 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.8 out of 5 stars for Culture

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