University of Alaska
3.6 of 5 18 reviews
www.alaska.edu Fairbanks, AK 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 19, 2014

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67% Approve of the CEO

University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble

Patrick Gamble

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Competitive Salary

Associate Professor (Former Employee)
Anchorage, AK

I worked at University of Alaska part-time for more than a year

ProsHR accessible and friendly. Work conditions reasonable.

ConsNo complaints to register. Enjoyed my time at UAA

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very convenient employment for students at UAF.

Student Researcher (Former Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I worked at University of Alaska as an intern for less than a year

ProsThis is a very accessible workplace for students at UAF. I was working full-time, but part-time students have very flexible hours so that they can take classes.

ConsStudent jobs are not the best paid jobs out there. I didn't feel like I was given enough direction or challenged enough either though, so perhaps it evens out.

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I teach math classes on a part time, semester to semester basis.

Adjunct Instructor (Current Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I have been working at University of Alaska as a contractor for more than 10 years

ProsWhen I was working FT, it was related to my training as an oceanographer. It was interesting work (climate change in the arctic). There were benefits.

ConsI had a FT job at UAF, but lost it to funding cuts (2005) . I have been working as an adjunct since. It is difficult to find good paying FT jobs with benefits. I work without benefits and the pay is not good. I barely get by. The department chairs have always treated me well. It is the higher ups, the provosts, chancellors and VPs that treat adjuncts as replaceable, throw away commodities. recent decisions made without discussing the ramifications to the affected departments will result in my annual income being reduced by 50%. I cannot afford this reduction, and may soon not have a place to live. Having to pay union dues and not really getting anything for this money is very frustrating.

Advice to Senior Managementvalue the important work we do. Do not be cheap and let us work more and yes, give us the benefits we deserve.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Pleasant people and fun projects

Analyst/Programmer (Former Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I worked at University of Alaska full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIf you are in the right department, you can work on interesting projects with pleasant people and not much bureaucracy. The town has beautiful summers and nice people.

ConsIf you are in the wrong department (so I hear), office politics and bureaucracy can be bad. Make sure you have some indoor hobbies to occupy yourself with during the 8 month winter.

Advice to Senior ManagementFor the department I worked in, I have no advice for management. They did a good job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great organization but slow career path

Programmer (Former Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I worked at University of Alaska full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat benefits
Job security
Friendly atmosphere
Low Stress
Small enough that what you do matters and you can see it.
Lots of employees have been there for years so there is a lot of tribal knowledge to go around.

ConsUniversity bureaucracy
"Tenured" employees
Old technology and processes
Lack of training opportunities (especially in newer technologies)
Can be hard for new people to be accepted (especially if they are from out of state) as there is an unspoken tendency to shun/avoid out-of-staters, but this is uniquely associated to being an Alaskan.
Slow career path, in most cases the position above you has to be vacated for you to advance, that or transfer departments, or hope for a new one to be created(not likely).

Advice to Senior ManagementGet with the times... stop not changing anything because that's riskier than trying new things.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great state to live and great people craving direction.

Desktop Support Manager (Current Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I have been working at University of Alaska full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLove the state, great place to be to get away from the rat race.

ConsAll of the great employees here are demoralized because of the lack of direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to set goals.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's great if you don't need health care

Desktop Technician (Current Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I have been working at University of Alaska full-time

ProsTuition waiver for free tuition for spouse and family, lots of activities on campus

ConsHealth benefits cost more and we receive less each year. Tuition waiver is slowly being phased out.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees better benefits if you want to keep them.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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OK as a short-term solution

Junior Faculty (Current Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I have been working at University of Alaska

ProsLiving in Alaska is a special experience.

ConsTraveling out of Alaska for professional development can be very inconvenient and expensive. Opportunities of research collaboration are limited. The long, cold winter can be a turn-off for many people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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great

Me At Arsc (Current Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I have been working at University of Alaska

ProsA great place to work

Conscan't get more people to work at arsc

Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the great work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good Place, Good Pay (depending on department)

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fairbanks, AK

I have been working at University of Alaska

Prosgreat place to work depending on department
nice people
relaxed environment
great advancement

Consgood old boys club at the very top of the structure
little flexibility in changing things

Advice to Senior ManagementBring in new blood that is not politically relevant in Alaska in some way.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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