Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Nice place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees are nice, try to work together

    Cons

    uncertainty in the job security area, can be slow


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great benefits, calm environment, slow to change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, on par with what I imagine many executives get in private industry. Tuition benefit for yourself, married spouse, and dependents. Great job security. Seems pretty easy to impress by just having some initiative. I really like my boss, but that's obviously not an org-wide pro.

    Cons

    Long interview process, and really long process for anything HR related. Many approvals required for everything. Low accountability for under performing coworkers, and lots of employees treat the university as a long-term retirement investment, rather than as a job. As long as they don't get fired they'll get their pension, so work ethic can be very low, depending on the department. Silly politics between colleges stifle a lot of good work that can be done to improve education for students and research outcomes. Due to current state budget constraints, promotions and salary adjustments are basically off the table. This may change in the next year or two, but for now it's a bit depressing to know that good work isn't recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the speed at which the organization can react to external and internal change. It takes many months for even minor changes to get off the ground. Rein in the petty political infighting between the colleges and get them working together to improve outcomes. Note: this doesn't mean squashing them with new authoritarian policies.


  3. Wonderful staff

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Instructor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Northern Arizona University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The School of Communication is a great place to work. Great professors and instructors with a good support system for success.

    Cons

    My Instructor position went away after 2 semesters, which is why I had to leave.


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  5. Graduate Assistant

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    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.


  6. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flagstaff is a great town. People are nice.

    Cons

    Teaching here after graduation is not a good idea. Adjuncts get paid less than graduate students.

    Advice to Management

    impeach the Govenor


  7. RLSS Team Leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time

    Pros

    Easy minimum wage job that works with your schedule as a student. Low stress as long as you are capable of getting along with fellow employees.

    Cons

    No incentive to work harder at all. You will never get a raise unless state min wage increase.

    Advice to Management

    Solve the problem when it comes to you instead of just making sure your not blamed if something goes wrong.


  8. Library Services

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    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

    na


  9. Amazing employer

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    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.


  10. One of the Best Gigs in Flag

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the top 5 employers. Good benefits. Nice community and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Much lower pay than most universities. Continuing Budget cuts (state's fault). Student case load is higher than average (more than 250).


  11. A decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NAU is still fairly small, and it's easy to get into (I was a GTA). The class I taught (ENG 105) can be plug-and-play or you can make it totally your own, so if you're into teaching, it's great professional development.

    Cons

    If you're not planning on teaching your entire career, NAU lacks other types of professional development (at least the English Writing department does -- other departments might have plenty of research or other jobs).

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to rock the boat sometimes. Include more professional development opportunities. Lobby Arizona's legislature not to cut education funding any more than they have already.



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