Arizona State University Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
Michael M. Crow
16 Ratings

Pros
  • good work environment, great benefits (in 20 reviews)

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

Cons
  • No raises or cost of living adjustments (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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  1. No Appreciation for Good Faculty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona State University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    enjoyed the students; good departmental colleagues

    Cons

    central administration has no appreciation for differences between campuses. expects a department with a heavy teaching load and no grad students to match the research and grant achievements of someone who teaches one course per year and has an army of phd students

    Advice to Management

    fire crow. give colleges more weight in tenure decisions.


  2. Listen to your Instincts

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Opportunity to create programs and meet great people -Lots of opportunity to be social -Great pension plan if you stay for at least 10 years -Opportunity to mentor students -Flexible working hours -Fitness center is free to use for employees

    Cons

    -Programs must match other campuses (Limits creativity) -Frequent changes -Quantity is more important than quality -Managing student employees can be very difficult -Student employees can be flaky -Hiring responsible employees is challenging -Work hours vary -Not paid for overtime -Frequently on-call -Work weekdays and weekends -Employees must pay for parking and be put on a wait list to get preferred parking -No raises or bonuses...ever

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and make time for your employees. High turnover in a position says something about the position itself. Take a deeper look and get feedback from each employee on how to make their jobs more enjoyable so they can excel.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Contract Faculty in English Dept.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Instructor in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you love to teach, you have a widely diverse student body that comes from many different countries and cultural backgrounds.

    Cons

    -Work here only if you love to teach. -English Dept. and Writing Programs management is seriously corrupt. The system for promotions and/or hiring/firing teachers lacks transparency and rationale. -Communication with contract faculty is bankrupt. -Recent changes in teaching load requirements force contract faculty to work more with less pay (and less respect) -The program is run with a corporate mentality by bean counters.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all management in both Writing Programs and English Dept. Start again with managers who understand that teachers are human beings with feelings.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    English Department underpays employees

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    Current Employee - University Writing Programs Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - University Writing Programs Instructor in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good direct supervisor. She cares about employees and is fighting to make things better for the department. The Program Manager is really great. She is incredibly kind and hard-working.

    Cons

    We've always been paid horribly for the amount of work that we do. But I enjoyed my students and my department and I felt as if I was making a difference in the world. Last year, after close to a decade of working at ASU, and receiving high marks on both my teaching evaluations and on my annual instructor evaluations, I finally received a merit pay increase. This merit pay increase was .5% of my annual salary. However, THIS year, we are being asked to teach two more classes per year and, while the salaries are being "bumped up" to $36K (for a 5/5 teaching load of 25 students per class), the merit pay has "vanished" from the equation and some of us are actually being paid LESS for this teaching load than we were previously. I've always been more than willing and able to find time to help students in my off hours, to counsel them about how to navigate the increasingly-large university, to urge them to continue on with their dream of completing their education. Given this new teaching load and the fact that, in order to make up for that missing salary, I will be forced to teach somewhere else in addition to teaching at ASU, I won't be able to hold as many hands. And no matter what people think, beginning college students are practically children. They need extra help and encouragement to find their path. First-generation college students are even-more so, and, increasingly, this is ASU's college population. They need MORE help, not LESS. In addition, tuition keeps increasing. This raises the question. Where is the money going? It's clear now that ASU does not truly value students, or student retention, simply the number of students rolling in the doors and their tuition dollars. Even if those students don't manage to complete their degrees, in part because classes have become so big that they cannot get any personal attention, ASU still gets the student-loan funds. ASU is the Walmart of education. If you can avoid teaching here, do so at all costs. You won't make enough to pay your bills, or your own student loans, and you won't be able to help students as effectively as you would elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    "ASU, You need to rethink the decision to increase your instructors' teaching loads without paying them a living wage. If you are, as President Crow says, focused on "creating [a] culture for success," and believe that Arizona State "needs to do do even more coaching and advising than it already does," increasing course loads on the very people who have been able (by dint of class size, largely) to create the kinds of intimate connections that help "unwieldy public universities . . . provide better service for large numbers of non elite students" is a mistake that will reveal itself quickly (Ripley 66). President Crow, if you truly "disdain the elitism and status consciousness of other college presidents" and you are invested in taking care of "this college-completion thing," you'll stand behind your Writing Programs instructors. We are your foot soldiers. By not supporting us and by not paying us a living wage, while asking us to teach/coach/advise an increasing number of "nonelite students," you are shooting yourself in the foot and all-but asking for the retention rates to plummet. It's all well and good to "embrace online learning as a central element of [your] entire mission," but not while you're treating the in-person learning component as "a shiny accessory" (Ripley 66). You are also making it clear that the way out of the lower-class is not a college degree. Many of us have two or three graduate degrees and make less money teaching your students than do Starbucks' Managers. We do it for the same reasons that you claim to be doing your job: "to show that the world can be saved" (Ripley 63). Why should we be punished for sharing your dream? How can we honestly encourage our students to continue paying an increased tuition load and go into debt, when we're not even sure that they'll be better off if they do complete college? Put paid to the fact that many of your ASU instructors are on food-stamps and working at two or three other places in addition to ASU just to survive. President Crow, be the visionary that you claim to be. Stand with us. Pay us a living wage so that we can afford to stay at ASU and continue to "prioritize the needs of real-life students over the traditions of academia" (Ripley 63)."


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stay Away!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - English Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - English Instructor in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can't really think of any.

    Cons

    Salary is so ridiculously low that it's laughable.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue!


  7. professor

    Current Employee - Associate Professor in ASU, AZ
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in ASU, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and research - fast paced envionment. Great president leading the charge and top notch administration in all disciplines. Made big advances

    Cons

    Lots of changes - very dynamic, lots of colleges established and disestablished in short amount of time. Changes in administrators happens all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - you are leading the charge of the largest university. Looking forward to 2020 goals - we will be the biggest and the best with high rankings.


  8. Helpful (1)

    The New American University: Being a TA for a class of 180 students!!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona State University

    Pros

    Please move away from this school.

    Cons

    I was the only TA for a class of 180 students! I have also had a very disappointing experience with my research adviser. My adviser fired me by the end of my TA semester. Later I got to know that she had fired 3 such students so far in the past 3 years. This number is so appalling considering the fact that she hasn't graduated any PhD student out of the lab so far.

    Advice to Management

    The New American University is ASU's tagline: I'd like to qualify the word 'New' in their statement. They have really found innovative methods to excessively overload graduate students. In my personal view they shouldn't be admitting such a large class every year (considering their poor infrastructure and funding situation). If you have offers from other places, you should be glad to reject an offer from here.


  9. Flexible work style but little pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arizona State University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very flexible with accommodating your individual needs like when you require time off for exams or assignments.

    Cons

    Salary is never revised. You start off and end up with the same salary. I was told I'd be given a raise and never actually was, which was kind of demoralizing.

    Advice to Management

    It would be great if you could increase the salary by a little bIt.


  10. I worked in the Business and Finance department for over a year and it has been the worst job experience thus far.

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    Former Employee - Police
    Former Employee - Police

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Schedule was decent, depending on your title. Benefits, to include the tuition waiver (Beware you will still pay fee's.)

    Cons

    Upper level management, have no care for their employee's and are only their for themselves. Time off, good luck getting any.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new command staff in as soon as possible.


  11. 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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Students, co workers, climate of the city.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    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.



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