University of Alaska Reviews

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  1. Competitive Salary

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    • Senior Management
    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. Interesting group of people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In comparison to organizations in the lower 48, the working group is small and well connected to each other

    Cons

    If you like 1972, you will like it here. Ideas and processes lag behind.


  3. The organization is good, management is not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. STAY AWAY FROM THE SIKULIAQ

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Merchant Sailor
    Current Employee - Merchant Sailor

    I have been working at University of Alaska

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

    Pros

    None, having not had a ship in 10 years they don't know what they're doing.

    Cons

    Pay isn't paid on time or time sheets are altered without your knowledge or permission. Ship is full of deficiencies. This University has no knowledge of how to run a ship or the laws of Maritime Services.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together!


  6. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice people and good environment

    Cons

    Not a high pay job

    Advice to Management

    NA


  7. Pleasant people and fun projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Great organization but slow career path

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Great experience and opportunity to learn.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time

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

    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 Management

    Pay more attention to low level employees.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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