Arizona State University
3.7 of 5 371 reviews
www.asu.edu Tempe, AZ 5000+ Employees

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Beautiful campus; job satisfaction will depend on your department and management

Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Tempe, AZ

ProsASU is a beautiful place to work. The grounds are a horticulturist's dream. Benefits are decent, especially the Arizona State Retirement system if you can hang in long enough to make it work for you, and the tuition deferment is great if you or a family member wants to take classes. The AZ State Retirement system is independently invested and protected from the depredations of state legislators. You'll pay into the retirement system as well as Social Security, but it's worth it.

ConsSalaries have traditionally been low compared with private industry. Then the recession, combined with the advent of President Crow, brought a wave of job and salary cutbacks. This is in spite of the fact that Mr. Crow is one of the highest-paid university presidents in the country. Building investments continue despite staff cutbacks and a general sense that staff, including teaching staff, is an expendable commodity. Some of this, of course, will depend on your department. The School of Business and School of Engineering, for instance, are funded better than schools like Nursing and Art.

Arizona, in general, is not education-friendly. Prepare to hear, every year, threats of cut-backs from the legislature. Performance requirements for central information technology staff, at least, are poorly delineated and seemingly, randomly adhered to.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe university was established as an higher education center for the benefit of the state of Arizona, not as a profit-making corporate entity. Admittedly you have a difficult job convincing state legislators of the need to invest in education, but making staff a part of the "impossible dream" of educating Arizona, rather than treating them as an annoying encumbrance, would better suit your mission.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Good office and setups. Good environments Cons: school asking too much money from students. No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Arizona State University is a decent, safe, stable place to work

    Library Assistant Senior (Current Employee)
    Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Arizona State University part-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Classified Staff positions recieve tuition waiver, which basically means that you pay a… Cons: Dreary, unimaginitive daily and weekly tasks. Little chance for raise or… Advice to Senior Management: Looking forward to moving on...thanks for the memories. More
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