University of Alaska Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. The organization is good, management is not great

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits, nice co-workers, supportive of continuing education

    Cons

    Pay is not great, management is not great

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what subordinates are doing. They're driving away good employees.

  2. Very convenient employment for students at UAF.

    Former Intern - Student Researcher in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Intern - Student Researcher in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a very accessible workplace for students at UAF. I was working full-time, but part-time students have very flexible hours so that they can take classes.

    Cons

    Student jobs are not the best paid jobs out there. I didn't feel like I was given enough direction or challenged enough either though, so perhaps it evens out.

  3. I teach math classes on a part time, semester to semester basis.

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska as a contractor (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    When I was working FT, it was related to my training as an oceanographer. It was interesting work (climate change in the arctic). There were benefits.

    Cons

    I had a FT job at UAF, but lost it to funding cuts (2005) . I have been working as an adjunct since. It is difficult to find good paying FT jobs with benefits. I work without benefits and the pay is not good. I barely get by. The department chairs have always treated me well. It is the higher ups, the provosts, chancellors and VPs that treat adjuncts as replaceable, throw away commodities. recent decisions made without discussing the ramifications to the affected departments will result in my annual income being reduced by 50%. I cannot afford this reduction, and may soon not have a place to live. Having to pay union dues and not really getting anything for this money is very frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    value the important work we do. Do not be cheap and let us work more and yes, give us the benefits we deserve.

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  5. Great state to live and great people craving direction.

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Love the state, great place to be to get away from the rat race.

    Cons

    All of the great employees here are demoralized because of the lack of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to set goals.

  6. It's great if you don't need health care

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    Current Employee - Desktop Technician in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Desktop Technician in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time

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

    Pros

    Tuition waiver for free tuition for spouse and family, lots of activities on campus

    Cons

    Health benefits cost more and we receive less each year. Tuition waiver is slowly being phased out.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better benefits if you want to keep them.

  7. Pretty good

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska

    Pros

    Good place for student workers. They do bulk of the work for Biology people. Its nice environment to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing that bad. I wish they had more funding to support more projects and more students. The funding runs out anytime.

    Advice to Management

    I think management skills are good. Although it would be nice to see it get more funding to keep continuing the cool projects

  8. OK place to work if you are willing to play games...

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    Current Employee - Project Manager FS in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Project Manager FS in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working in a University environment with students. Fairly good benefits except if you are a recent hire. In which case your only retirement option is a 401K. The defined benefit was recently eliminated by the Legislature. The University closes between Christmas and New Years so that is a plus for time off with family, travel, etc...

    Cons

    A large bureaucracy. It is a very political place to work. In some fields there is not much room to grow as this is a small university. Dead wood has accumulated in several departments resulting in a slow down of project implementation.
    Everything is over studied to the point of stagnation.

    Advice to Management

    Allow honest input from staff with out threat (implied or real) of retribution. More professional training. Staff needs to be updated for codes, regulations, etc...

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