Northern Arizona University

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Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 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.  

    Stereotypical government agency

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Job security, good benefits, good public transportation, living in Flagstaff

    Cons

    Very low wages, raises are rare, no incentive to work harder. Basically, all of the bad stereotypes one may hear of about working for the government are exemplified here - many employees do not care, abuse of overtime hours (making most employees - even many entry level employees - exempt), incredibly disorganized and inefficient management structure, promotions NOT based on performance, ability or skill - unless you are a service professional or have a PhD, you need to be a female or minority to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not need to run departments like a business, but should run them MORE like a business. There are far too many "supervisors" that have ZERO leadership ability that supervise one or two people, along with wasteful spending that would bankrupt any business. Many of the low and mid-level "leaders" are pathetic and are a shot below the waist to anyone that possesses any managerial and leadership skills and/or experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Graduate student - Teaching Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    TA covered my grad tuition, decent pay, ~$15 per/hr after taxes. Semi-flexable schedule, depending on which class you are teaching.

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare. I had to run into my office one night (~10 pm) to pick up papers to grade, and my option was to either park in the building parking lot for the building, or park 10 mins away. since i was going to be in and out in less than 10 minutes, and since it was 10 at night, at parked at the building. 10 minutes later i have a $90 parking ticket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give TA's night time and weekend parking passes. seriously, it's not like anyone else is parked there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and best employer in Flagstaff

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Designer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Web Designer in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Can take classes for free, flexible schedule, friendly, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    A little slow moving at times, not much potential for raises or advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great opportunity for a students looking to make some side money.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker
    Current Employee - Student Worker

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

    Pros

    The people around you and knowing that whatever you do will make a difference in someone's educational career down the line.

    Cons

    The technology is there to help improve daily work functions, but not all departments know how to implement or use them. Management doesn't understand the concept of change, therefore leading to a work environment that is extremely limited in what you can do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up and embrace new techniques. Otherwise your mission will fail miserably.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good University

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    The university is on the center of the city with many great professors, it has many restaurants and the community is collaborative

    Cons

    Do not offer many elective courses so the choice of course is limited and the description of the courses is not clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good starting place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time

    Pros

    Comfortable, friendly environment where I could ask questions for my own growth.

    Cons

    Working with professors can be difficult because they are busy too.

  8.  

    Good program for Graduate Students

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Waived tuition, good collaboration and teaching experience. Great hands-on experience teaching to different levels of undergraduate courses. Thorough access to professors and lab managers to help make the lab go smoothly. Health insurance is also available.

    Cons

    Certain expectations beyond job description and not much meaningful input as a graduate student. Pay is not great, but is offset by tuition waiver and moderate cost of living in Flagstaff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Run far away...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University

    Pros

    The level of interaction was rewarding but depending on the professor you may be teaching their class or be nothing more than a glorified attendance taker.

    Cons

    Completely misses the point of being a TA which is to assist in the classroom or take over duties if possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce these as adjunct faculty positions if they're already at a Master's level and pay them double the standard rate to actually alleviate the need for some of the excess adjunct faculty if you're going to run a PhD program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits, ability to move within organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Job security is high; except in cases of statewide layoffs, you won't lose your job. I had a fairly wide amount of latitude to decide what I wanted to work on at any given time.

    Cons

    Hard to get in, because in a lot of cases, a job posting is basically a mirage; they've already decide who they're going to hire, so you have no chance. The law requires them to post all jobs, so there's no way to tell when this is the case.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    NAU is a great place to work. They have a beautiful campus and are working hard to better education for their students. The people on campus are great to work with and the benefit package is outstanding.

    Cons

    Room for growth within the university system is hard unless you change departments. ASRS contribution rate are high and not everyone wants a pension plan. The salaries in comparison to private companies in Flagstaff are pretty low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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