Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Work environment is generally less stressful and with a more relaxed atmosphere than many corporate jobs (in 6 reviews)

  • The general work environment is laid back and as long as you do your job, there is little to worry about (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The cost of living in Flagstaff is very high, and our salaries are on the low end of national averages (in 6 reviews)

  • Low pay in a region that has a very high cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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  1. NAU is an excellent environment to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    One of the best locations to work, and is a very competitive university academically.

    Cons

    Salary is less than the national average for a similar position across the board.

    Advice to Management

    More resources for teaching and research are needed to catch up to the rapidly-growing student population in the sciences (Engineering and Biology in particular...)


  2. Experience working for the Office of Sustainability

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Limitless opportunities for implementing projects across campus. - Family-like environment. - Openness of the management for new visions, new ways and new goals. - Great supervision with a big push towards individual growth. - Easy interdepartmental communication. - Grassroots support for any sustainability-related initiative management is trying to push through. - Great location with endless outdoors activities and gorgeous landscapes anywhere you go! - Opportunity to take free classes as a full-time employee, contributing to a constant personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    - Institutional resistance to change. - Lack of direction for some of the sustainability-related organizations. - Lack of student engagement in sustainability-related initiatives. - Lack of team work experience. All the above mentioned cons can always become an opportunity for change. NAU management is highly flexible and open to any changes like that.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the spirit of the "start-up", stay as open to new ideas as you are. Focus on engaging students, they have brilliant ideas and they know the needs.


  3. Graduate Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent professionals to associate with. Great learning opportunities.

    Cons

    The cost of living is high particularly housing.


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  5. Library Services

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Library access, key knowledge for navigating media, close to classes

    Cons

    Not many hours available for student workers, low wage.

    Advice to Management

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  6. Amazing employer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Positive relationships Amazing University

    Cons

    Bad HR workers. Hours fluctuate for Summer.


  7. good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Flagstaff, AZ

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University (More than a year)

    Pros

    people are very nice, good teammates, very passion about science

    Cons

    compensation are not that good, as we work with students


  8. No major complaints

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, laid-back environment, friendly

    Cons

    The "laid back" mentality is sometimes a fault, and you have to push to get something completed/approved in certain departments

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. online instructor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent supervisors, fun place to work.

    Cons

    No complaints at this time

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  10. Working for the university is the perfect student job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supplemental Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Supplemental Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic flexibility, great supervisors, looks fantastic on a resume

    Cons

    Only ten hours per week


  11. Love NAU!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing. The schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    Nothing at all that I could think of!



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