University of Washington

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University of Washington Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
579 Reviews
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University of Washington President Michael K. Young
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    it is over all good to learn new techonologies

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Hyderābād
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    get chance to update my self

    Cons

    Not much flexible and does not think about the employess

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Education department contract work

    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Boss was really nice and helpful

    Cons

    No cons, was a very pleasant experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead

  3.  

    Tutored mathematics to students the Math Study Center in Pre-calculus and Calculus. Also Graded for the Math department.

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    Former Employee - Math Tutor  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Math Tutor in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-Study
    Casual Student Worker Environment
    Flexible Hours
    On Campus

    Cons

    Union Fees
    Underpayed
    Doesn't let you work more than 19.5 hours so they don't have to give you benefits. (Claims they don't want you to overwork, but that applies even if you're only take 1 credit).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay tutors what they're worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was nice job

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    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Instructor in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    good salary and good supportq

    Cons

    there is nothing that I can complain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enjoy rain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    UW Development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Wonderful, committed staff who care deeply about the mission of the university

    Cons

    Low salary, demanding hours and lack of task variety

  7.  

    Great benefits and work environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at University of Washington as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    University of Washington offers great benefits, and the research center where I work provides a flexible, family-friendly, community-oriented work environment.

    Cons

    Some departments/areas may not offer the same flexibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Former Graduate student review

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities research a topic of interest, especially in Chemistry.
    Many opportunities to develop skills including teaching, lab equipment, instrumentation, computer, communications.

    Cons

    TA Protocol may change depending on the performance/ troubling trends noticed by other TAs.
    Healthcare benefits have declined over the last few years. Standard pay for graduate students varies from year to year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's OK to be harsh on TAs that aren't doing their job, but you should treat the more senior and experienced TAs better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work as a student.

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

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Depending on where you work, some positions - despite UW's size - have a very small-business feel to them. I loved TAing and it was an opportunity to strengthen my own basic skills while actually feeling like I made a difference for some students (not all, but a definite chunk). They're pretty much always hiring for something. I worked with the same professor for a year after being one of his students, and we ended up getting really close and would frequently go out to lunch together. You meet some really great people. And the Quad in the springtime can't be beat, of course.

    Cons

    The area where I worked was definitely under-funded, so things were sometimes scattered or confusing to work through (i.e. they once lost one of my paychecks before I signed up for direct deposit. I got it eventually, though). Also, given the work I did, I feel like I was underpaid - but I didn't mind much because I did truly like the job and it was great experience. Also, I was a lowly undergrad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because the university is so big, bureaucracy can be an issue. As UW continues to expand, consider implementing better communication tools across different departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's a great place for students to work at.

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant  in  Tacoma, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Tacoma, WA (US)

    I worked at University of Washington part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The manager is nice. Hours work with school schedule. One day of training. Everyone is friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Gets very busy. There can be long moments of student rushing in. Lunch time is very busy. Small space so it's important to keep restocking.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Large university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at University of Washington

    Pros

    Many jobs on campus and room to grow.

    Cons

    Each department can be drastically different so there's a lot of duplicate efforts that could be minimized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities to below your level. There are some managers that do this well while others do poorly. Many development classes on campus isn't free so managers should have the dept fund some of those opportunities if appropriate.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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