Arizona State University Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
405 Reviews

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Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great benefits package with medical insurance and retirement plan (in 17 reviews)

  • The work environment is very encouraging and the co-workers are very helpful (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No performance based or cost of living raises (in 6 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    A mediocre place to work

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    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 for 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    American English and Culture Program ( AECP ) Review

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    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

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

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    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 for 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
  6.  

    Politics abound, creativity limited

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arizona State University part-time

    Pros

    ASU offers great services to the students of Arizona. Benefits are okay. Some departments are flexible with work time, especially because most departments require some nights and weekends.

    Cons

    Internal politics are widespread and very stressful. Leadership is disconnected from staff. Dissension is not welcome or recommended, and is often met with consequences.

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

    Toxic politics, maligned priorities, empire-building run amok

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Some departments have substantial resources and international acclaim. Most of the staff and university-level administrators are friendly. Great weather,

    Cons

    University priorities are: 1) Promote athletics, 2) Construct buildings, 3) Accept all undergraduates whose parents have a checkbook.

    When the university faces financial constraints the staff is forced to suffer furloughs and temporary layoffs while new construction roars on.

    Department-level faculty administrators can act with near impunity to promote, hold back, and dismiss graduate students and junior faculty.

    Overwhelming preference for Asian doctoral students in many departments, particularly in the business school and computer science. Supply Chain Management and Finance departments have each only admitted two Americans in the past five years.

    Grossly insufficient parking - expect a mile or longer walk to your building, often in 100*+ heat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the organization to be a center for education and not a Scottsdale strip mall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    No good for education or research

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good weather, no calamity, affordable living cost, easy to apply, but there are plenty of scholarship and on-campus work opportunities.

    Cons

    ASU is known as a party school, not a good place to study. I say so become I stay on other university campus including Caltech, UCLA, Berkeley. I can sit quietly in library and learn much more. I don't know. It's like the school culture problem. ASU is not good for research either, with limited equipment. Half of my advisor's funding goes to ASU, and it provides nothing but the name "ASU" and office/lab spaces. As a PhD student, I cost my advisor same amount of money as postdoc, but more than half money goes to ASU again as 'tuition' for which I have not take solid real class. ASU cares more than making money than anything else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be better

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    Current Employee - Research Advancement  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Advancement in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    Really great benefits.
    Good location.
    Intellectually stimulating environment.

    Cons

    Many people accept the lower pay at academic institutions in exchange for not working in a corporate environment. Since Michael Crow came on as President, the environment at ASU has become increasingly corporate-like (for both faculty and staff) without any corresponding pay increase. In fact, we went 5 years without raises (plus with furloughs one year) except there was still money in the salary budget to recruit very expensive senior faculty (i.e., they became famous at another school from which the retired to come to ASU so Crow could claim that some famous person works here), create an extremely top heavy (and very well paid) upper administration, and artificially promote management in order to bypass the pay freeze. ASU also created a policy to limit the amount of pay increase a non-managerial staff person could receive when moving to a new department (historically one of the only ways to get a real pay raise at ASU). Some high level administrators make as much as 3 times the amount many of the senior faculty make yet contribute very little to the quality of the education or research at ASU. Typically, those who generate the revenue get little or no benefit from their work while the upper administration (which often makes the revenue generators jobs harder rather than easier) make the big bucks. The direction of the university seems to be determined by Crow's ego rather than what is good for students, the university, or the broader Phoenix metro and State of Arizona community (the disastrously expensive ASU Medical School failure being a case in point).

    Departments vary tremendously in size and structure and, unless your job is in the university-wide administration, career advancement almost always requires changing departments. Depending on the position, there isn't always a good reporting structure if you are having problems with your job. If you work directly for a faculty member, they are almost like a mini CEO and you can't really go over their head if they behave badly - so there is nothing you can do about a bad boss. This is also true if you work in a small department or center. HR is pretty much ineffective and some of the nastiest and most abusive faculty members are so bad that even HR won't reprimand them.

    All employees are basically contract employees so your supervisor can decide to get rid of you for any reason at the end of the fiscal year (although they do have to give you 90 days notice of non-renewal of your contract). This was a recent change which was, like so many corporate 1984ish double speak, touted as something "beneficial" to employees.

    The better paying and better career opportunity jobs are at the university-wide administrative level. However, they only seem to want to hire "yes men" in those positions. People who raised legitimate concerns about significant policy changes (some of which were disastrous and continue to create problems even after many years) have slowly disappeared from the university. Unless you are an outside hire at a top level, challenging the status quo is an absolute no-no - regardless of your level of experience or expertise. The upper administration wants the exact opposite of Lincoln's "team of rivals". Creative and innovative thinkers are welcome within specific departments but they might as well give up on advancing to the upper administrative level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Out of synch

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

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The physical environment is quite positive and the faculty are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management with little to no vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some real world experience

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

    ASU Needs to Value the Educators and Staff

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Teacher in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A lot of great people, wonderful and excited students, a lot of school spirit in a great place to live.

    Cons

    The school is very focused on business and sports rather than academics. Very low pay for high-level teaching forces many to leave. Department budgets are tiny in comparison to sports and new building budgets ($300 Million for stadium renovations and no money/cuts for academics). Too much of the school's budget is spent on the football stadium/new buildings and too little on crucial teaching and research faculty. The ASU Board of Regents is heavily from the business-community and too little from the academic community. Their business goals are reflected in their monetary decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for new leadership at all upper levels. President Crow did a great job years ago, but his administration has lost touch with the departments and people who teach the students. The current focus of the school has steered away from academics and core learning. They are losing a lot of good people because of undervalue and poor treatment of faculty and staff and slashing budgets so they can build new buildings and sports stadiums.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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