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Arizona State University Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
401 Reviews

3.9
401 Reviews
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Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • great benefits package with medical insurance and retirement plan (in 17 reviews)

  • The work environment is very encouraging and the co-workers are very helpful (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • No performance based or cost of living raises (in 6 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A very good place to improve oneself and make social network.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    Get to know how an organization works.

    Cons

    Don't expect the salary to be very high!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more efficient!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    ASU postdoctoral research scientist

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    location is good, have own time to do research,

    Cons

    too hot in the city

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    Office culture is good in ASU.

    Cons

    Time-off is little little difficult, but can be depending on the situation.

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  5.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    Nice parking lot.
    Newer building.
    Meet interesting people as this a company meant to foster start-ups.
    Might be a good place to develop contacts.

    Cons

    New management makes sweeping policy changes, it is never clear what problem the new changes are solving.
    Policy changes are announced or implied but written down anywhere creating an on-edge uncomfortable atmosphere.
    Team is kept in the dark, little or no communication.
    Promotions and new highers are hard to justify.
    Pay is low, and perks are starting to evaporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication of intent and direction would be a good start.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    American English and Culture Program ( AECP ) Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AECP Associate Instructor  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - AECP Associate Instructor in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    ASU provides good family benefits for AECP teachers that work more than 2 sessions with the program. Teachers, staff, and lower management (director and assistant directors) at AECP have created a very friendly and supporting community. In my opinion, this is the main reason teachers stay loyal to the program.

    Cons

    Although AECP prides itself as one of the top IEPs in the U.S., it pays its teachers less than the average ESL instructor, while also expecting teachers to work 18 student-teacher contact hours a week + meetings + office hours + other mandatory activities. Do not expect to have time for a lunch break. This program can be highly stressful. Teachers do not choose their teaching schedule, and they receive their schedule 1-2 days before class begins. Also, parking is not included. Parking close to campus is about $720 a year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    AECP could be a great program. Many teachers don't want to leave the program, but are forced to because of the low pay. It's sad that such a successful program that is becoming recognized internationally and is expanding at such a high rate, does not reward their teachers for their flexibility and the added responsibilities they are willing to take on for the good of the program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Working as a graduate student does not pay well unless you are in STEM majors.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Associate in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    Pretty good emphasis on academic freedom in my department, strong professors, some good students

    Cons

    Large, corporatized university environment makes you feel anonymous. Cancellation of important liberal arts programs like Philosophy PhD are concerning to the future of academia at this institution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat students like customers, because the customer is always right, but students should be paying to learn valuable lessons. When we treat students as customers, grades and learning becomes transactional and education is devalued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Cutting edge research and good weather

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Associate  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Associate in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    Office culture is really good, people behave elegantly and are very helpful. You have to go through the rigorous training for being a good TA or be a good RA.

    Cons

    Worse part is the weather in summer for at least three months. You are literally stuck in your office or in your house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add more solar panels in the open area or choose green revolution by planting trees on both side of the side walk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fair for me personally but not to friends

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Tutor in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    Work around your schedule very much if you're a student. My supervisor personally was understanding if you needed to call out because exams, or if you were late a few times. I've worked several positions at ASU--- talking about another also (this one being a temp job; the other being part time), this one had a lot of opportunities to "advancement," like to keep working with them, but with a different title and taking on even more jobs, though the pay was the same and the supervisors at this one were terrible and with unrealistic expectations and lots of boring meetings

    Cons

    For the part time one, there were few cons: when people you served gave even moderate reviews like not the absolute highest rating you were reprimanded, the other being my supervisors' supervisors had unrealistic expectations and were pretty harsh. For my temp job there were all kinds of cons-- lots of boring meetings, micromanagement, getting talked down to, claimed they wanted things to be a certain way but once they got that way they'd complain, etc. I also have friends who were told to work overtime and were never paid for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of you are good, some bad. You bad ones, treat your employees with respect because I know you lost a lot of good employees by being bad to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I loved working for my boss and learned a lot, however not all managers are the same.

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    Former Employee - Specialist  in  Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Specialist in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    Tuition waiver for employee and dependents. Opportunity to go to school at a fraction of the cost.

    Cons

    The people that get promoted are not always the most qualified. To many managers move up because of politics vs. knowledge and those managers are very good at delegating - aka having others do the work for them, but are unable to train their employees or do the job themselves. However those same managers will quickly terminate an employee for failing to do the job. Managers abuse the exempt status, but expect their exempt employees to document every minute of their work schedule - many double standards. Managers constantly get raises, yet the employees don't due to budget cuts. I saw one manager get competitive salary raises 3x in 1.5 years yet the employees under her did not get a dime. Another manager went from $36,000 a year to earning over $67,000 a year in the course of 6 years. Managers are very good a promoting themselves or finding money in the budget to give themselves raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers do you job - if you are getting paid to work 40 hours a week don't abuse the exempt status, by only working 30 hours, yet forcing your exempt employees to document every hour they are out. They too have the same exempt status and if you have flexible schedules then allow it for your employees - and learn your job so that you can train your employees

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate Assistant at ASU

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful, the cost of living is low, and there are many activities to do outdoors. ASU has very good information and support for employees.

    Cons

    The problem is that ASU is VERY big university, so it really matters where, with what department and with whom you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To care less about the image of ASU.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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