University of Alaska Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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  1. Competitive Salary

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HR accessible and friendly. Work conditions reasonable.

    Cons

    No complaints to register. Enjoyed my time at UAA

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. The organization is good, management is not great

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits, nice co-workers, supportive of continuing education

    Cons

    Pay is not great, management is not great

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what subordinates are doing. They're driving away good employees.


  3. Very convenient employment for students at UAF.

    Former Intern - Student Researcher in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Intern - Student Researcher in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    Student 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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  5. I teach math classes on a part time, semester to semester basis.

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    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska as a contractor (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    When 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.

    Cons

    I 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 Management

    value the important work we do. Do not be cheap and let us work more and yes, give us the benefits we deserve.


  6. Pleasant people and fun projects

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    Former Employee - Analyst/Programmer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Analyst/Programmer in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    If 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 Management

    For the department I worked in, I have no advice for management. They did a good job.


  7. Great organization but slow career path

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Programmer in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    University 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 Management

    Get with the times... stop not changing anything because that's riskier than trying new things.


  8. Great state to live and great people craving direction.

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to set goals.


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

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    Current Employee - Desktop Technician in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Desktop Technician in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better benefits if you want to keep them.


  10. OK as a short-term solution

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    Current Employee - Junior Faculty in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Junior Faculty in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Living in Alaska is a special experience.

    Cons

    Traveling 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.


  11. great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Me At Arsc in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Me At Arsc in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    can't get more people to work at arsc

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work



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