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Arizona State University Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
494 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great place to work if you need tuition benefits for yourself or your family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    tuition benefits
    opportunities to move within the organization
    great environment with students

    Cons

    poor management in many departments
    long hours for exempt employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide management training for those promoted to leadership positions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Previously a place of learning, value, and a long term career choice.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you have kids going to college, this is a great way to reduce the cost of tuition.

    Cons

    Unlike the other state universities (some of which have sites in Phoenix/Tempe areas), they have a "university staff" system. This means almost immediate termination can occur for any reason (unless you've been there a while-then termination in 90 days). Other state universities have classified staff.

    While this new system did weed out some problems initially, it has created an atmosphere of fear.
    Professors put in charge of staff units have never been trained and thus inadvertently skirt the proper HR procedures. Not to mention, some toxic and stressful environments come about.

    The salaries are lower than industry positions, yet they do have state health benefits. However, these are going up in price.

    If you’ve never been at a university, you’ll also be surprised that you have to pay for parking. $600-$900 a year depending on where you park.

    Be warned! Tuition waivers, do not include fees. Example, if a Master’s program a total of $50,000 one would naturally think the waiver works for everything. Wrong, you may have to pay nearly $40,000 in fees. (Biggest fees in Graduate schools for Business, Law, and Nursing)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ASU by nature is the largest university in the US. There are only 3 state universities in Arizona. ASU’s rise to fame isn’t that spectacular when you consider size attracts money (students, grants, federal funding).

    The President blocked money from going elsewhere and hurt the community in various ways (personally agenda in making students at ASU West students pay for parking, preventing the community colleges from offering Bachelor degrees, blocking plans for ASU East/West from becoming independent, then absorbing them). The strategy of turning out as many undergraduates as possible, then preventing them from going on to Graduate programs stating academic inbreeding. In reality, the undergraduate programs are focused on student revenue while graduate is focused on research dollars.

    My advice to management, focus on building Arizona not ASU.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice people, management issues.

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University

    Pros

    College environment. Low pressure.

    Cons

    Low salary. Low growth opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Three classes each week, with 24 students each

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Get tution wavied for graduate teaching assistant

    Cons

    Lab course order is different from lecture, with instructor's pressure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change lab order for clearer class effect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ASU Graduate TA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in developing classes and integrating various resources.

    Cons

    Limited support, funding for graduate TAs, and little concern for overall compensation of graduate students employed by the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate teaching assistants often perform above and beyond full, tenured professors. Although we have higher course loads and expected to provide quality instruction for our students, we are not provided with access to office space (for meeting with students), our "effectiveness" as an instructor is based entirely on student evaluations, and stipends are insufficient.

    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research faculty not supported adequately

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    Current Employee - Professor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Professor in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Excellent facilities and location in the Sonoran desert. New research buildings with phenomenal infrastructure.

    Cons

    ASU becoming corporate entity, leaving mission of educating Arizonans in the proverbial desert dust. Little thought about long term effects on the potential success in building a top-level research institute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many mid-management corporate minds running rough shod over senior research faculty without the benefit of knowledge or experience in the academic community. Corporate mentality has built and "us against them" culture of distrust and acrimony. Corporate motto is (or should be) "If we cannot be the best, at least let us be the biggest". Increased enrollment without huge investment in faculty (not adjuncts or TA's from the undergraduate pool) is folly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mediocre place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Stable government employment, a university environment

    Cons

    poor pay, little chance for advancement, heavy handed top-down management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    American English and Culture Program ( AECP ) Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AECP Associate Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - AECP Associate Instructor in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    ASU provides good family benefits for AECP teachers that work more than 2 sessions with the program. Teachers, staff, and lower management (director and assistant directors) at AECP have created a very friendly and supporting community. In my opinion, this is the main reason teachers stay loyal to the program.

    Cons

    Although AECP prides itself as one of the top IEPs in the U.S., it pays its teachers less than the average ESL instructor, while also expecting teachers to work 18 student-teacher contact hours a week + meetings + office hours + other mandatory activities. Do not expect to have time for a lunch break. This program can be highly stressful. Teachers do not choose their teaching schedule, and they receive their schedule 1-2 days before class begins. Also, parking is not included. Parking close to campus is about $720 a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AECP could be a great program. Many teachers don't want to leave the program, but are forced to because of the low pay. It's sad that such a successful program that is becoming recognized internationally and is expanding at such a high rate, does not reward their teachers for their flexibility and the added responsibilities they are willing to take on for the good of the program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Entirely Motivational

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    Current Employee - Student Worker III in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Student Worker III in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's difficult finding a job that fits with a full time student's class schedule. Usually, staff is flexible with this, and accommodating to already stressed student employees.

    Cons

    As a New American University, ASU does a good job at one thing: telling us that it's a New American University. However, even if that were argued to be true, it's at the cost of job satisfaction. As a lower-level employee, one is subject to a pay level frozen at just above minimum wage. Makes sense for a student trying to make ends meet amid a educational experience that becomes more of a burden of debt than it is worth, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Student workers are the lifeblood to many employee programs that involve daily tasks. Why not compensate them as well as tenured staff that sit on full benefits and salary at half the effort?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    ASU - If your young and need a start their are worse places

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Assistant - Technology Services in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Technical Assistant - Technology Services in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The scenery was incredible.
    Living and working so close to a university offered plenty of night life.
    You could cut your teeth on a wide variety of technology and easily shift departments so it always felt fresh
    Tuition waiver was akin to a $10K bonus every year if you could fit your classes in with your work scheduled (some departments would not allow this)
    You can find amazing mentors here
    Student workers are treated like surfs

    Cons

    No budget for anything, including the basic necessities
    Salary was very low
    The bureaucracy was horrific
    Student workers are treated like surfs
    Reporting problems can lead to your turmination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a department has an extremely high turn over rate, perhaps you should address it with the drug addicted manager in under 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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