Northern Arizona University

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Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
66 Reviews
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66 Reviews
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Northern Arizona University President John D. Haeger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The general work environment is laid back and as long as you do your job, there is little to worry about (in 6 reviews)

  • They were always willing to work with your class schedule (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Lower than average salaries and high cost of living (in 4 reviews)

  • My biggest concern is the fact that the administration is touting small class sizes and a "small town" with 75 (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Opportunities galore to innovate, grow, and collaborate with a hard-working team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    University College is an incredible community to work with. There's excitement about developing new programming, and assessing it using data driven measures, to contribute to student success. I've had lots of freedom and support to propose and prototype new ideas for programming, with a great team that shares my high expectations for quality work. My program director is very proactive about professional development, so our small team regularly attends conferences and pursues growth opportunities related to our areas of focus.

    Cons

    The cost of living in Flagstaff is very high, and our salaries are on the low end of national averages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good University

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The university is on the center of the city with many great professors, it has many restaurants and the community is collaborative

    Cons

    Do not offer many elective courses so the choice of course is limited and the description of the courses is not clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very nice for graduated student

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    AS GTA, has about 1600 per month, including insurance, even paid my kids' preschool after applying the program.

    Cons

    As GTA, you need be instructor of multiple classes, but you have your own TA.

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  5.  

    A good starting place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time

    Pros

    Comfortable, friendly environment where I could ask questions for my own growth.

    Cons

    Working with professors can be difficult because they are busy too.

  6.  

    Good program for Graduate Students

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    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Waived tuition, good collaboration and teaching experience. Great hands-on experience teaching to different levels of undergraduate courses. Thorough access to professors and lab managers to help make the lab go smoothly. Health insurance is also available.

    Cons

    Certain expectations beyond job description and not much meaningful input as a graduate student. Pay is not great, but is offset by tuition waiver and moderate cost of living in Flagstaff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Don't respect student employees

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    Current Employee - Student Bus Driver in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Student Bus Driver in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible around school schedule for students

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow, poor pay (about $4/hr below national average) management is lazy and doesnt lead by example

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want your employees to work hard you should probably work hard yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Run far away...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University

    Pros

    The level of interaction was rewarding but depending on the professor you may be teaching their class or be nothing more than a glorified attendance taker.

    Cons

    Completely misses the point of being a TA which is to assist in the classroom or take over duties if possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce these as adjunct faculty positions if they're already at a Master's level and pay them double the standard rate to actually alleviate the need for some of the excess adjunct faculty if you're going to run a PhD program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The best first job I could have asked for.

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    Former Employee - Financial Aid and Scholarships in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Financial Aid and Scholarships in Flagstaff, AZ

    I worked at Northern Arizona University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I worked with an amazing staff in a really vibrant office. The staff new how to have fun when times were slow and buckle down to get the work done when we picked up in Aug/Sept.

    Cons

    The crunch period was hell. I think this is just a fact of working in Financial Aid. Even with a full staff answering phone our wait time on the phone could exceed 30 mins so every call you'd take was an angry student.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management has done a good job of cultivating a team that worked well but occasionally it seemed like the various directors were not communicating very well at the higher level. Each department was kept in it's own guarded silo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great benefits, ability to move within organization

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    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Information Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Job security is high; except in cases of statewide layoffs, you won't lose your job. I had a fairly wide amount of latitude to decide what I wanted to work on at any given time.

    Cons

    Hard to get in, because in a lot of cases, a job posting is basically a mirage; they've already decide who they're going to hire, so you have no chance. The law requires them to post all jobs, so there's no way to tell when this is the case.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    HR

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    NAU is a great place to work. They have a beautiful campus and are working hard to better education for their students. The people on campus are great to work with and the benefit package is outstanding.

    Cons

    Room for growth within the university system is hard unless you change departments. ASRS contribution rate are high and not everyone wants a pension plan. The salaries in comparison to private companies in Flagstaff are pretty low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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