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Updated September 16, 2017
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Pros
  • People mostly leave at 5PM, allowing great work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • The benefits including tuition remission were also excellent (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, lack of uniform standards in online communications, including social media (in 14 reviews)

  • Not a lot of room for advancement (particularly without a PhD) (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Statistical Consultant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Statistical Consultant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible, great place to work if you are a student. Friendly boss.

    Cons

    Low pay. No benefits. No raises.


  2. "Good environment to learn and develop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at American University part-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities for all staffs

    Cons

    More suitable for those who want to work in an university environment

  3. "Great environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American University full-time

    Pros

    Supportive environment. Enjoyable workplace. Positive encouragement.

    Cons

    Racial issues on campus. Did not address the issues with racism when they came up.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with the racism.


  4. "Student Sustainability Educator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University part-time

    Pros

    Great entry-level experience in sustainability field, as well as communications and event planning.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy in trying to get things done


  5. "Great academic environment, but management doesn't much care about you professionally"

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    Former Employee - PhD Student and Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - PhD Student and Graduate Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Supportive academic environment; interdisciplinary applied research; good collaboration with DC universities and federal agencies; recent unionization of graduate student workers

    Cons

    Overarching management is dismissive of graduate student workers; pay for graduate student assistantships is relatively low and benefits are non-existent; not much recognition that graduate students have lives outside of the university because many faculty administrators believe they shouldn't


  6. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Retirement plan, health insurance, commute (for me), colleagues

    Cons

    Working with academics, feeling respected


  7. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, good management, paid ontime

    Cons

    Boss was a little flaky

  8. "Good part time job while in school"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University part-time

    Pros

    -Supervisors made sure that we put school first so there was flexibility in scheduling
    -Great Pay

    Cons

    Limited shifts if you want to work hours


  9. "Graduate teaching assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I received a partial tuition remission and stipend, along with valuable teaching experience. Professors are great, facilities are great, location is great.

    Cons

    It would have been nice to have a full tuition remission -- I will be paying off loans from cost of living in Washington DC and half tuition for at least ten years. Didn't get to know anyone in the institution besides my department.

    Advice to Management

    Mostly, keep it up. But it also would have been helpful for me to be more involved in issues the department and school were facing. I would have liked to know about committee responsibilities, etc. not just narrowly focused on TAing one class a semester.


  10. "Math Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University part-time

    Pros

    Great pay! pick your hours!

    Cons

    Some of the people you work with are not qualified


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