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Arizona State University Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
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Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
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Pros
  • great benefits package with medical insurance and retirement plan (in 20 reviews)

  • The program I worked for had a great work environment (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • No performance based or cost of living raises (in 7 reviews)

  • There seems to be very limited room for advancement as most jobs appear to be on the Tempe Campus (in 6 reviews)

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    Students are great, ASU not so great, unable to deal with HR Issues appropriately due the largeness of the university.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Students, co workers, climate of the city.

    Cons

    Dealing with multiple levels of supervision who all have no training in leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your people appropriately. If the have a PHD especially. They tend to think because they have a PHD they know what they are doing but they do not. Not at all. Nada. they are incredibly terrible leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run!

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    Former Employee - Professor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Professor in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was a professor at ASU for more than a decade, and loved my colleagues who I came there to work with.

    Cons

    But during the tenure of the president, Michael Crow, I saw it transformed into a place with appreciable but weak faculty influence into a place with no faculty influence, and open contempt for faculty by administrators. Crow spends more time in Washington DC trying to advance his career and influence than he does in Tempe, and the campus spends tremendous energy trying to spread propaganda about what a wonderful place ASU is. Faculty often describe administrators, primarily at the university level, as bullies and sociopaths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Crow and his whole tier of "leadership" and return the campus to traditional university values which allow faculty control of governance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice parking lot.
    Newer building.
    Meet interesting people as this a company meant to foster start-ups.
    Might be a good place to develop contacts.

    Cons

    New management makes sweeping policy changes, it is never clear what problem the new changes are solving.
    Policy changes are announced or implied but written down anywhere creating an on-edge uncomfortable atmosphere.
    Team is kept in the dark, little or no communication.
    Promotions and new highers are hard to justify.
    Pay is low, and perks are starting to evaporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication of intent and direction would be a good start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No funding

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Multicultural atmosphere. People coming from different countries to study here. This creates a very nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    I worked as a graduate student in the Chemistry/Biochemistry department. They make you teach for getting your salary. Most faculty either have very poor or no research funding. Only about 4-5 faculty out of 30 really have the money to pay for their grad student's salary.
                   Grad students are involved in both teaching and research and almost each and every activity of the department. Yet they are very poorly paid. Its like having to do two separate jobs. This leaves very little time for research. Most faculty are not considerate towards grad teaching assistants and they expect them to do almost all of the grading/ lab instruction work. They forget that a graduate students primary job is research.

    I would suggest that prospective graduate students apply in other grad programs at ASU such as through the biodesign since you get paid directly for research and you do not have to do a second job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont treat graduate students as slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Expect a Fair Tenure Review

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    departmental colleagues are great, and I found some fantastic students to mentor during my time here

    Cons

    university administration runs this place like a corporation, and has no appreciation for high quality faculty work. the university committee decided my tenure case based on an intangible gut feeling they had, and ignored the fact that I exceeded all the official requirements. that's right, exceeded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of Michael Crow, start fresh, and maybe you won't have one of the worst 5-year graduation rates in the business. place less emphasis on coming up with new majors that no one will sign up for, and more emphasis on letting people do what they do well

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    3rd tier university, but wants to believe it is top tier

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    Former Employee - Assistant Research Technologist in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Assistant Research Technologist in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Largest science employer in the area; easily accessible by car from various points in the valley; food options and parking close by.

    Cons

    If you are not a tenured professor, the university does not care about you. Poor job security, low pay, sub-par benefits, no advancement opportunities, no career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be a top university instead of saying you are one, you need to treat staff better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The School of Life Sciences is not a school, strictly a research institution, and the students ultimately get shafted.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A wide range of faculty experienced in many fields, access to a wide variety of scientific instrumentation, competitive graduate stipends in the hard sciences.

    Cons

    The School of Life Sciences is fraught with terrific egos, resultant power and fame struggles, and an emerging good 'ole boys network accessible only by those that speak Spanish. The undergraduate students attend classes of 300+ and have practically zero access to their professors because teaching is about #55 on their priority list, seeing as how they have to devote the majority of their time to research or climbing administrative ladders. Only a handful of professors stand out as genuine, balanced people that are effective in their teaching responsibilities and mentoring responsibilities in regard to their graduate students. Many professors have extremely unprofessional personalities and approaches to dealing with their students, both inside the classroom and laboratory settings. Mistreatment of graduate students is not uncommon and there is virtually zero accountability on the part of the tenured faculty--the stories are mind-bending.

    If you are considering attending this particular school within ASU, you may want to reconsider a smaller school if you like professors that are engaged, balanced, and have more time to devote to being an ACTUAL professor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair. Collectively and individually.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Angry anti-male supervisor soured my experience at ASU. Had difficulty working with her which added to my depression.

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    Former Employee - Coordinator/Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Coordinator/Analyst in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, positive student campus life, nice campus, lots of social activities for students, that's all the nice things I can say about ASU.

    Cons

    Low pay, micromanagement, anti-male sentiment from mostly female staff on campus, accountability to taxpayers taken to an irrational extreme.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay, stop micromanaging, do something about the anti-male sentiment from the mostly female staff, especially from the low-level desk supervisors. Developed major depression due to nagging supervisor. Went on short-term disability. At the end, I submitted my resignation, but desk supervisor terminated me anyway. During my employment there had to deal with uncooperative anti-male staff throughout campus in addition to my desk supervisor that also tolerated a culture of backstabbing. Very unpleasant experience with intolerable working conditions. Know people in the private sector with better pay and better working conditions than ASU. Wouldn't recommend ASU to my worst enemy. Arizona Legislature should enact laws against office bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management, lacks direction, abuse of employees.

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    Former Employee - Faculty Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Faculty Associate in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    With the current administration, there are no pros.

    Cons

    Hostile, lacking sufficient communication, no opportunity for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    University benefits are good. They are flexible with work schedules during slow times. Nice campus.

    Cons

    Extremely clickish. If you are not kissing up to management no matter if you are a hardworker, get your work done, you are still outside the circle so will not get the benefit of performance increases (even if you got 4 or 5's on your review). A work enivonrment of "friends helping friends".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally and don't talk down to people. Everyone is an adult. People should be rewarded for their work and not their social standing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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