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University of Arizona Reviews in Tucson, AZ

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
272 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great respect for innovation, work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Easy working environment with all kinds of holidays (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Morale is low along with unending budget cuts and no salary increase over years (in 12 reviews)

  • The undergraduate students are foolish and lazy, even the graduate students are same (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work! Work-life balance is good and the work load is manageable. A good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work life Balance is good

    Cons

    Could have more learning opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Laid back University

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Laid back culture, even for academia. Salary is quite competitive even when you consider the cost of living in Tucson.

    Cons

    Large seasonal population, high in school year / winter, lots of students and "snow-birds". Low in the summer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Tremendous benefits but weak pay

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    Current Employee - Facilities in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Facilities in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere where professionals are allowed to do what they know.

    Cons

    Pay is not high but the benefits of great medical coverage, paid holidays and many weekends off are great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee ideas more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A graduate program doing its best

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    Current Employee - Graduate Associate Teacher in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Associate Teacher in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In my department, graduate students were generally given teaching assistantships that covered tuition and provided a salary. The health plan was good, and Tucson was cheap enough to stretch $15,000/year quite a long way. Even though things aren't so great in academia for the humanities, the program ensured that I didn't go into debt. And from a purely academic perspective, it was a complete joy: lots of knowledgeable people and a friendly graduate student body that was a real source of support.

    Cons

    The usual problems of a grad program: long hours, lots of work, and little chance of getting a professor job yourself. The faculty do everything they can to help, but most of them got their jobs sometime before 1980, and not all of them stay up-to-date on modern hiring practices, so professional development is necessarily limited (though younger professors are very helpful). The students you teach are generally stupid and don't have the courtesy to realize it. And also the pay is very low, though it was sufficient for my purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some new professors to fill widening gaps in the department! I know you've been trying to do this for a few years, but it's becoming increasingly necessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Post-doctoral Research Associate

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate I in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate I in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    State of AZ has a good benefits package. Cost of living in Tucson is low.

    Cons

    Having your employment dependent upon grant funding can be difficult. Change in department culture since arrival of new department head - not positive

  7.  

    The environment is totally dependent on the instructor you are with

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Excellent student for teaching assistant, and great team work environment with the assigned team members.

    Cons

    the management method for the teaching assistant is not clear. The management level should distinguish the job belong to the teaching assistant and the job belong to the instructors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for learning and meet passionate people, weak for professional growth.

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start out, especially in Higher Education, it's great to work around intelligent and passionate people working to make Arizona and education better; fulfilling mission. Also, especially for professionals with families or if taking classes, leadership is flexible and respectful of your hours.

    Cons

    The College is small and is competing with some of the larger colleges on campus, so they are forced to compromise the mission, at times. Also, if you're not faculty, doing research, your opportunities for growth (professional and salary) are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into consideration the staff and man-power before deciding to move forward on large projects - they are often beyond the capabilities (time) of the staff. Also, morale would be higher if management listened to and responded to staff needs and complaints, rather than trying to sweep concerns under the rug.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good public university

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    The faculty are great at this university, as are graduate colleagues. There's lots of opportunities for graduate students to learn to teach.

    Cons

    Lots of re-organization of the university structure to constantly cut the budget. Graduate students teaching are often paid more than adjunct faculty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Teaching in Chemistry is not a bad gig

    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    The hours aren't bad, and the classes are well-managed. Students are generally pleasant.

    Cons

    Grading is a nightmare, and the out-of-class work (like grading tests, etc) is a drain on anything else you're trying to get done. There are not really any sick days as you might imagine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten the outside load.

  11.  

    The best university to work for!

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Assistant in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at University of Arizona part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for advancement at the university. There are innumerable departments that make up the university, and many people go from one area to another. It is a great network to have, no matter the department in which you are working. It is convenient to work on campus. The scheduling is flexible and understanding.

    Cons

    The pay is not wonderful for students, and is equal to if not lower a job off campus. Many departments are only open from 8-5 during weekdays, so it is difficult to maintain a full work schedule and a full class schedule.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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