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American University Reviews

Updated April 11, 2019
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Sylvia M. Burwell
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Pros
  • "Excellent work-life balance depending on department" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Great work/life balance, great opportunities for training and tuition remission" (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • "most positions are temporary and have limited room for growth" (in 9 reviews)

  • "low pay so it's not just American" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Lab Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at American University part-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff, interesting projects, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Reporting hours could be simplified with a timecard


  2. "Pretty good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The staff are amazing to work with, and overall the culture is positive. There are sufficient PD opportunities on campus. In my division, I see change happen relatively quickly which is somewhat rare in higher ed.

    Cons

    The pay and the benefits are pretty lousy. No personal days.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't pay more, at least give some more holidays off!

  3. "Office Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive work community, passionate president and decent benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of disconnect between staff and faculty management

    Advice to Management

    Provide more transparency for staff, particularly when cutting positions.


  4. "good summer gig"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American University part-time

    Pros

    housing included for the summer

    Cons

    long hours-- would go late into the night


  5. "Positive Well-rounded Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Developed close mentorship with professor and got to assist in professor's work with a partnering institution.

    Cons

    The pay was on the lower end, but the mentorship was worth it!


  6. "Good federal work study jobs if you find them"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant, Former Gallery Attendant
    Current Employee - Marketing Assistant, Former Gallery Attendant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary for student work (DC min wage is high), welcoming community, nice people, helpful infrastructure for getting a student job if you're looking

    Cons

    Quality of jobs can vary depending on what jobs you work, I have liked my federal work study jobs a lot but I know some people who are not fans.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging students to apply for campus jobs and maintain resources to help them do so easily and quickly


  7. "Amazing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American University part-time

    Pros

    An amazing place to work

    Cons

    Not that I can remember

  8. "Awesome Experience"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with the students
    Flexibility
    Creativity

    Cons

    Supervisor
    Organizational management
    Growing Pains
    Slow moving or quick reaction no inbetween


  9. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American University full-time

    Pros

    Good Work life balance exists

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy and red tape


  10. "Supportive Coworkers, Flexible Workplace, Low Pay"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American University full-time

    Pros

    Warm, supportive staff and faculty
    Sense of community among university employees
    Flexible schedules
    Ok benefits, retirement matching is excellent (2 to 1 up to 5% of paycheck)
    Excellent work-life balance depending on department
    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Horribly low pay (insulting, as other reviewer said); all universities in the area have equally low pay so it's not just American
    Not a lot of upward mobility, depending on department

    Advice to Management

    Concern for employee retention is simply addressed by giving better pay