University of Alaska Reviews

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    HR accessible and friendly. Work conditions reasonable.

    Cons

    No complaints to register. Enjoyed my time at UAA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very convenient employment for students at UAF.

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

    I worked at University of Alaska as an intern for 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.

  3.  

    Nice place to work.

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    Former Employee - Instructor
    Former Employee - Instructor

    I worked at University of Alaska as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff and faculty, interesting place to live, and great non-traditional environment.

    Cons

    Too many unnecessary and incompetent admin personnel. Overpaid president, underpaid faculty and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many unnecessary and incompetent admin personnel. Eliminate some admin and be more efficient.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alaska part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people and good environment

    Cons

    Not a high pay job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  6.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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 for more than 8 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience and opportunity to learn.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to do as you want and basically make your own hours to work around your schedule. Not bad pay for a college student either. This fifty word minimum is ridiculous.

    Cons

    Nothing really bad to say about the organization, other than the fact that you don't really now your management as they are never around the facility. Nothing other than that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to low level employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to set goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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