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American University Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
90 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally good, although certain times of the year can be overwhelming (in 14 reviews)

  • American University has great benefits (even for part-time workers), and great co-workers (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes the work-life balance can be a challenge depending on your position (in 4 reviews)

  • Parking is expensive, and the university has too strong an orientation toward viewing students as 'customers (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Review about Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly professor and the time are very flexible. Great to put what you've learnt to real life application

    Cons

    Teammate can be tricky. You don't have a choice. Sometimes it's good, and the others are not. Payment is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's hard to reach them

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked here as a graduate student and had an excellent experience!

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very supportive of graduate student workers involved in research. Encouraging of new opportunities and growth.

    Cons

    I did not feel that there were any major cons to working here, except that the pay is a bit low for graduate level work, but I imagine this is the case anywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Socially awkward, hard working, looks good on resume.

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    Current Employee - Student in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Student in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Close to the city, and if you find the right people, you can go out once in a while. Many varieties of international mixes. Good rep for the school... hard work towards your degree.

    Cons

    Socially awkward people. No places to live but the Berks. Expensive. Should I order in every night or eat the soggy cafe food?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Food is HORRIBLE. No housing help for students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good environment; bad pay.

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful students and supportive faculty.

    Cons

    As with most adjunct professorships, the pay was ridiculously low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adjunct professors have an enormous amount of training and a large work load. Pay accordingly.

  6.  

    Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - Student in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Student in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    The staff at AU is highly supportive of student ambitions. I commuted to campus in order to participate in master level courses. The staff and student leadership were also always willing to alert the student body of new career positions and higher educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Very few online courses were offered while I was attending AU.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University

    Pros

    -Education Benefits
    -Great team
    -Flexible Hours
    -Great area
    -Good lunch places

    Cons

    -Bureaucratic at times, it was difficult to implement change at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's a fine place to work

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many of the students are hard working

    Cons

    Many of the students are not hard working

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more dialogue across the colleges. Create a Wold Class Humanities Center.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Adjunct life is anonymous life

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    Former Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Responded in timely fashion after interview

    Cons

    Poor facilities
    Poor communications about how to continue
    No exit interview

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing work-life balance and I love my co-workers.

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    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Director in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    IT's a great place to work. You want to come here everyday and learn and contribute.

    Cons

    Can be conservative and political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep up the professional development opps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    satisfying work, great benefits, not great pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tuition remission is a great benefit

    Cons

    Pay raises are virtually unheard of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    American University Response

    Oct 29, 2014Recruitment Specialist

    Merit increases are awarded to an employee based on the individual’s performance as demonstrated by the achievement of their goals and demonstration of competencies, the position of the individual’s ... More

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