University of Alaska Fairbanks

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University of Alaska Fairbanks Reviews in Fairbanks, AK

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people working together to bring IT to the University

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Management is friendly and all the technicians and students work together well to get things done. There are lots of opportunities for cross training between the different IT departments and opportunities to get professional IT certificates as well.

    Cons

    IT support can be a little boring at times waiting around for instructors or students to come to you with problems. Decision making via Upper Management can be slow which hinders how much work the technicians can get done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Excellent experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly, inviting and good community.
    People here are very polite and heart touching.

    Cons

    Have to deal with outside cold and irregular days

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good atmosphere, limited space

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoy the atmosphere at UAF. It is very relaxed and people are willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Small departments mean you will usually be working by yourself. There is generally a very limited amount of lab space. I was told to use a general purpose lab and had to pack up my equipment every night. This was very frustrating because I spent a lot of time organizing my equipment every day and not on my research.

    Research funding is very tight in academia and I would not recommend this path to many people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    not encouraging to develop.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexibility at work timings, great coworkers.

    Cons

    management is not good. They are not taking university in right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better change view of how things need to be get done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    UAF serves a vital role as an institution of higher learning in Alaska.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist IV in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist IV in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    In the department I work in my supervisor is very supportive of professional development and training. He is also willing to allow me some flexibility in my work schedule to accommodate other responsibilities in my life outside of work. I am satisfied with my benefits package and regularly take advantage of the tuition waiver available to employees. I feel fortunate and have heard accounts from UAF employees in other departments who may not have such a supportive supervisor.

    Cons

    I think the expectations of my job are more than a single person can manage successfully and facing a shrinking budget situation in coming years, I think that will only get worse. I don't think the work environment is consistent across departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Sloppy, easy work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sit on deck and twiddle your thumbs

    Cons

    Lack of training, Lack of engagement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Admissions Clerk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admissions Clerk in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Admissions Clerk in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great management. Atmosphere to learn new knowledge and improve the daily performance in the department

    Cons

    Turn over rate is rather high.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    An awesome job for graduate students

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stipend is generous (comparing to the school where I received my undergraduate degree), and have reasonable working hours. Also, T.As pays no tuition fee for the first 10 credits hours in each semester because the department pays for them.

    Cons

    Some professors aren't friendly to me. I am glad that my "boss" (the professor I am working with) is genuine and passionate to his students.

    Recommends
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    One of the best places where you can both study and work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great job benefits in terms of money as well as experience

    Cons

    The place is very cold

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    UAF is going downhill from a staff perspective

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits (tuition, health incentives)
    Flexibility (depending on supervisor)
    Stimulating environment
    One of the biggest employers, and once you're "in the system" you can move within it

    Cons

    Medical benefit costs have doubled for most staff
    Starting wages are lower and lower every year
    Parking is expensive and challenging
    Pay scales and evaluation procedures are very uneven among employees with similar responsibilities (see the Sun Star Salary Publication from 2011- a total shock!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'll get good, faithful employees if you advocate for them and remain a competitive employer!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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