Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated July 9, 2015
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Pros
  • Work environment is generally less stressful and with a more relaxed atmosphere than many corporate jobs (in 6 reviews)

  • The general work environment is laid back and as long as you do your job, there is little to worry about (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The cost of living in Flagstaff is very high, and our salaries are on the low end of national averages (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay in a region that has a very high cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Systems Administrator

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator Intermediate in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator Intermediate in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive pay, regular hours.

    Cons

    Cubical environment, flow of information between the various teams.


  2. Great people, but AZ universities struggling with budget

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant

    I worked at Northern Arizona University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Supportive boss, great co-workers, amazing location, work life balance, tuition benefits, health insurance benefits, access to fitness center, advancement from within

    Cons

    AZ budget not great, currently a lot of turn over in leadership, lower salaries for university jobs, increasing student body with decreasing funding for university operations

    Advice to Management

    keep looking out for employees and making sure they feel supported, include them in hiring decisions for their own departments


  3. Nice place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University

    Pros

    Employees are nice, try to work together

    Cons

    uncertainty in the job security area, can be slow


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  5. One of the Best Gigs in Flag

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    One of the top 5 employers. Good benefits. Nice community and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Much lower pay than most universities. Continuing Budget cuts (state's fault). Student case load is higher than average (more than 250).


  6. Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University

    Pros

    People are very friendly and helpful here.Flagstaff is really nice place to live in.Overall it's good to work here.

    Cons

    Pay is very low.No rooms to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Being Flagstaff one of the expensive town in the state,u need to raise your pay scale.


  7. Awesome place to work, people are laid back,

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    Former Employee - Custodian in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Custodian in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at Northern Arizona University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with the people. Benefit package was great.

    Cons

    Limited pay increase, limited room for promotions.


  8. Educational institution focused on maintaining appearances.

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    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible, friendly. They never told me I could not take time off. Gave me an office, computer and benefits as a graduate student.

    Cons

    They left me with little guidance. Some supervisors demanded more than others. Inconsistent work environment. Lots of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Work together as a team rather than pitting employees against each other. Focus on allowing people to explore while bringing actual diversity into your faculty.


  9. Pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, able to work from home.

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work primarily from home, but mentors volunteered time to meet and work through any problems that may arise.

    Cons

    Undergraduate research opportunities seemed, at many times, disorganized. There was a lack of proper specifications for the projects to which I was assigned, and it was difficult to take steps to make progress.


  10. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Arizona University

    Pros

    Working for the state is always great.

    Cons

    usually low pay, and can not have over time


  11. Stereotypical government agency

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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