Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
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  1. Nice people, bad management, worse leadership

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    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer, Senior in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Software Engineer, Senior in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at Northern Arizona University

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

    Pros

    casual environment, lots of time of for service professionals, tuition reduction, flex schedule

    Cons

    the university has a category of employees which it calls "Service Professionals", it might as well be called "contract for hire, until we don't like/want/need you anymore". These employees get "higher" pay, but have to deal with 6 month contracts, with an option to extend to a year. Every year as a service professional you pray you didn't upset someone off too much that your contract does not get renewed. The university has the right to cancel your contract at any time, giving you 90 days severance (which is not bad) but really its moving money, because chances of landing a similar type of job in flagstaff for the equal pay are slim to none. If the university cancels your contract, they do not have to give you a reason, which is convenient for them because a lot of dubious unethical (though not illegal) activities can happen depending on where you work or who your supervisor is.

    Advice to Management

    I gave them tons of advice when I was there, no one ever listened. Why would they care now? My advice to people making management decision is to stop being a manager, really, you just are not good at it.

  2. Great Benefits, tolerable environment.

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

    I worked at Northern Arizona University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Very secretive environment that does not promote independant thinking.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many layers of management that can easily be streamlined. Staff at the lower levels are very fearful of the upper division management. The protocals in place to get approvals are very stringent. Doors were shut and staff were expected to be quiet and do their job - nothing more nothing less.

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