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Updated Apr 28, 2014

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3.7 56 reviews

56% Approve of the CEO

Northern Arizona University President John D. Haeger

John D. Haeger

(34 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment is very pleasant (in 6 reviews)

  • They were always willing to work with your class schedule (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • My biggest concern is the fact that the administration is touting small class sizes and a "small town" with 75 (in 3 reviews)

  • Lower than average salaries and high cost of living (in 2 reviews)

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    Good enough for Flagstaff

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsGovernment 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 Senior ManagementIf 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beautiful backdrop but an abysmal payscale.

    Lecturer (Current Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    ProsGreat health plan. Great friends. Beautiful environment.

    ConsPayscale 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 Senior ManagementCherish 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).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent, honest work with a few drawbacks.

    Team Lead (Current Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    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 Senior ManagementNo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay for student workers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNepotism - 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Laid back but full of drama.

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    ProsDecent 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementBe more re-enforcing instead of putting employees down.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Some good, some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Limited Opportunity

    Marketing Student Worker (Current Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    ProsGreat working environment most of the time.

    ConsLack of being able to promote.

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    My experience was short term, but I did enjoy the work I completed thoughout the semester.

    Lab Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    ProsIndividual college departments treat employees very well and are always there to help there employees.

    ConsMy personal feeling is NAU as a whole has begun to loose their obligation to its' students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagment within lower levels of the university works well; however, managment between upper levels of managment and the university as a whole will greatly increase the overall quality for students and employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    President Haeger is building his legacy while the academic institution crumbles around all the new buildings.

    Mechanic (Former Employee) Flagstaff, AZ

    ProsGreat Benefits! Reduced tuition for all nuclear family members. There are a number of invested people in the school, and they go out of their way to improve the place as far as they have authority.

    ConsThere is no such thing as institutional vitality. It is a red-tape cloaked bureaucracy, and filled with "lifers," those that fell into a position, and will be there, doing the same repetitive actions until they are carried out on a stretcher.
    It has been known to happen that an employee will be ashamed of the high work ethic of a new hire (he's making us all look bad) and clamored to have him fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember, students keep the place going. It is important to consider that they are not "bringing the place down."

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    Most people don't understand what real hard wok is.

    Student IT Worker (Current Employee)

    ProsGood experience for a young workers just starting out. Nice people. Very understanding of priorities and allowing for time off.

    ConsVery repetitive. A lot of grunt work and not a good application of my skills. Hard to get anything done because all of the bureaucratic garbage.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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