American University Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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American University President Neil Kerwin
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is generally good, although certain times of the year can be overwhelming (in 14 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedule, much access to continuing education, great benefits (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. Great benefits! Limited growth.

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    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Financial Aid Counselor in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is so happy! Benefits are unbelievable, especially if you take advantage of them. Lots of tools and trainings available to develop leadership or professional skills. Beautiful campus, if your office is nearby.

    Cons

    With such a satisfied workforce, no one leaves, so there are few opportunities for growth. Many positions are very slow at least 6 months out of the year - (which may be a pro for some people, esp if you want to take classes).


  2. Advisor

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    Current Employee - Career Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Career Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work environment for staff

    Cons

    not yet unionized but some faculty are moving in that direction

    Advice to Management

    none


  3. Competitive salary

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Admissions in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    organized HR department, good benefits package, beautiful campus, competitive salary compared to other area universities

    Cons

    In this salaried position we're expected to work many nights and weekends without comp time. Very stressful and busy nine months of the year.


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  5. Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The employees are extremely supportive. American University encourages professional and personal growth and development.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about AU


  6. Adjunct Professor

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people are wonderful to work for and with. They create a supportive culture and are always there to help with anything you need to make it easier to do your job.

    Cons

    The big con is the nature of being an adjunct more so than AU in particular. You never know when or if you'll be teaching from semester to semester. The uncertainty can be stressful.


  7. Great atmosphere, extremely progressive

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was a research assistant for a professor in the International Development program. It was a wonderful opportunity to gain academic research experience and the opportunity to publish.

    Cons

    The pay was not great, as a graduate research assistant there were few benefits/ perks different from being a graduate student at the university. The work load followed the academic calendar in intensity. It always seemed to amp up around the end of the semester as everything else was getting hectic and busy as well. I don't think this is avoidable in an academic setting though.

    Advice to Management

    I never really had any interaction with management, which was probably a good thing.


  8. Assistant Coach

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

    I worked at American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small school in DC with exceptional values

    Cons

    Small school in DC within a league that is not as competitive

    Advice to Management

    Great Job


  9. Great place to work, sometimes challenging people

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Relaxing atmosphere. Access to challenging and fascinating classes through tuition remission. Intelligent and helpful colleagues.

    Cons

    Some academics can be difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    I wish that there were more professional development courses available at better times.


  10. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule with classes, opportunity to work with talented professors

    Cons

    Temporary, low pay, hard researching tasks


  11. great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sergeant in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at American University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work great benefits.

    Cons

    Shifts are 8 hours aside from the great place to work



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