Northern Arizona University

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Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
77 Reviews
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Northern Arizona University President John D. Haeger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The general work environment is laid back and as long as you do your job, there is little to worry about (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent pay for Flagstaff, laid back and fun work environment, challenging assignments (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay in a region that has a very high cost of living (in 6 reviews)

  • Relatively low salaries compared to what you may receive in other states (though probably not bad for Arizona) (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful town!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flagstaff is a great place to live. National Forest surrounding so recreation and work sites are all very close by. Staff and faculty are all friendly.

    Cons

    Not enough pay for cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give back to your employees. Raise base rate salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    salary low for even a University

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    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people that work at NAU have the same Flagstaff attitude - positive and very community based. There is a general 'can-do' attitude by the employees who are always asked to do more with less.

    Cons

    The salary structure at NAU is ridiculous, management restructures departments several months before reviews and does not take into account past reviews before the restructures. I have been here for almost three years (with fifteen years of prior experience) and I am making close to entry level for my pay grade, with no raises yet. Our department is woefully understaffed and has done more with less for so long that management has no incentive to give us more resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting money at the higher levels and pay the workers responsible for your infrastructure more. Build from the bottom up and stop ignoring the advice of middle management - when they say that a quick implementation of a major project is a bad idea, listen to them instead of telling them to make it work (it will avoid the inevitable issues that come with an untested process).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Graduate students are employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nau is a good university that carries out important research and provides a fair education in a beautiful environment surrounded by mountains and near the Grand Canyon.

    Cons

    NAU provides low pay for graduate students especially for those that teach large enrollment lecture sections that would normally be taught by a full professor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teaching experience is valuable in and of itself. However, the level of compensation for teaching is low for graduate students that provide comparable quality of instruction for much lower pay. The university should find alternative methods for compensation for graduate students that teach and perform quality research at the university.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good enough for Flagstaff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are great, the salary is so-so (depending on what department you're in). Once you get your foot in the door, there are a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Government job with a lot of people who have the "government job" mindset. Management doesn't seem to know what's going on half the time with their own department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to get involved with what your employees are doing, then ACTUALLY get involved. Otherwise, you make your team look incompetent and you make yourself look indifferent to the activities/projects of your own department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beautiful backdrop but an abysmal payscale.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health plan. Great friends. Beautiful environment.

    Cons

    Payscale is abysmal. Hiring too many lecturers, instructors, and part time persons--many of whom are well (over) qualified for their jobs. NOT rewarding the faculty they do have when tenure track lines are available but are instead replacing them with the next shiny best thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cherish the personnel you DO have. Reward OUR contributions. You'd be surprised what many of us might make happen were you to pay us a living wage (so we don't have to work an outside job) and assign us a feasible teaching load (even a 3/3).

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent, honest work with a few drawbacks.

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    -write your own hours to fit your personal and class schedule (between 8AM and 5PM)
    -generous with time-off requests
    -Mostly pleasant staff
    -diverse training depending on personal initiative and what crew you belong to

    Cons

    -no benefits
    -work environment has potential to hamper work-ethic
    -may have to work with harsh chemicals depending on what crew you work for
    -most roads from this job at the undergrad student level are dead ends.
    -an infectious air of flippancy that can be felt on especially bad days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No solid advice, the current boss is a good one (but a flawed one). If anything, find the cracks in the foundation (pushing equipment aside, retaining outdated inventory for too long, cleaning equipment, favortism of the charasmatic rather than the driven) and resolve the issues to the best of your ability.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good pay for student workers

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to meet friends as a student employee, good pay, very flexible work schedules, all around a great place to work as a student

    Cons

    Nepotism - the best way to get a job at NAU is knowing a manager.
    As a student worker, sometimes managers forget about you or don't appreciate your work. Some employees do not value your opinion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid back but full of drama.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for Flagstaff, laid back and fun work environment, challenging assignments. Lot's of departments to bounce around from and plenty of opportunities if you have the education.

    Cons

    No training provided what so ever. Very much a "figure it out yourself" type of environment. You'll most likely have multiple bosses breathing down your neck at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more re-enforcing instead of putting employees down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Some good, some bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Arizona University

    Pros

    Location, some departments really want to deliver quality education/service

    Cons

    Getting away from education and catering to profit margins of peripheral services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Limited Opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Marketing Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great working environment most of the time.

    Cons

    Lack of being able to promote.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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