Thunderbird School of Global Management

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Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Good work environment, small private school affords the flexibility to balance home and work life well.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Glendale, AZ

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    School is very independent and entrepreneurial. If you have an idea for a new class or something that may offer value to the students there is very less red tape in getting your ideas implemented.

    Cons

    Impending merger with ASU. We heard all sorts of rumors about how the autonomy of the school will be usurped by this BIG school. The worry is that the indvidualized instruction that was provided to the students will be lost.


  2. Great benefits, but little job security.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities for international travel and to work alongside a multicultural team. Wonderful colleagues and comprehensive benefits.

    Cons

    Constant fear of losing job. Knee jerk decisions by upper administration.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the current student experience in focus. Initiate an employee retention program to keep staff who exemplify the Thunderbird Mystique and avoid further loss of institutional knowledge.


  3. Great place to work, despite its challenges

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Thunderbird offers such a flexible, autonomous environment that people feel encouraged to be entrepreneurial and seek new ways of improving things. The people are wonderful, the campus is beautiful, the students are amazing. It's really a great place! It's an honor to have been part of Thunderbird and to have helped so many students bring the T-bird mentality into companies around the world. There is truly no other school like Thunderbird and I am glad to have been associated with it.

    Cons

    Executive leadership has a history of poor decision making that must then be implemented (or "lived with") by employees and students. It's very disheartening to see bad decisions made repeatedly without learning lessons from the past. It's so sad to see Thunderbird lose its independence as it gets swallowed up under ASU, but this is in many ways a result of the long history of poor decision making and lack of long-term strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Do whatever you can to keep the Thunderbird brand alive once it is a school within ASU. Stay on the Glendale campus! Make sure the Thunderbird mystique lives on.


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  5. Its a good environment, and a positive experience to be surrounded by global minds.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Campus culture and global relationships make this a unique environment.

    Cons

    A lack of business acumen at the senior administrative levels.


  6. Work in the I.T. department of The Thunderbird School of Global Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low stress environment with good work/life balance. I enjoy the college environment

    Cons

    TSGM is being absorbed into ASU as of December of 2014. About 80% of staff and faculty are being RIF'ed. About 1/2 leaving in December 2014 with the balance beling let go in June 2015.

    Advice to Management

    Review RIF's, personnel cuts are too deep to run the school correctly.


  7. Best Job I ever Had

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary is great, people are great, culture is great. I came on hoping to find a long term fulltime position and was very pleased with what i found. Every one is very nice and the environment is comfortable and pleasing.

    Cons

    Asu is buying my job and pretty much everyone is on teh temporary list. It is sad because I was looking for a long term position and started going to school to have access to oppurtunities to advance with Thunderbird.

    Advice to Management

    As the managment is being replaced by ASU I can only say to make it fun while things last.


  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    Former Employee - Head of Operations At NGMI in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Head of Operations At NGMI in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best International School of Management and Business Outstanding global networking opportunities Student body extremely sharp Old faculty great international caliber

    Cons

    Total lack of senior leadership New faculty lacks real world experience, mostly PhD divas

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and start practicing what you preach


  9. Excellent school

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned a great deal. Diverse student body. Incredibly smart people. Lots of clubs and extracurricular activities. Excellent professors. Marketing program is world class.

    Cons

    It's in Glendale AZ, not the most interesting place to be. The weather can be extreme in the summer. However, it's a short drive to Phoenix. Slightly longer to Scottsdale.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Admission Graduate Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, flexible working time, relatively high wage among student employees, good practice for phone personality, chance to talk to people around the world

    Cons

    wage depends on hours rather than productivity, limited work responsibilities, recruiting efforts are skewed toward certain countries, not so much interaction except with recruiters

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to its student body, staff and faculties


  11. Passionate people, poor management, challenging business model

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    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the people Thunderbird attracts are amazing. The founding vision and mission of the institution

    Cons

    poor leadership and management. very scarce resources.

    Advice to Management

    develop leadership skills and people to leverage the passion that initially brought them to Thunderbird to begin with. Don't extinguish the fire.



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