American University Reviews

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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American University President Sylvia M. Burwell (no image)
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59 Ratings
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  • "Very low pay, often tedious work(in 22 reviews)

  • "Low salary, little room for growth depending on unit depending on supervisor/politics(in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Senior Director 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at American University full-time

    Pros

    Collegial, very smart and collaborative colleagues. Fantastic President

    Cons

    Consensus drive that can slow down decision making

  2. "good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - American University Accountant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good and friendly working environment

    Cons

    hard to move up, there is none other than that


  3. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruitment Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Team! Great Work environment

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  4. "N/A"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University part-time

    Pros

    The people and the professors

    Cons

    The administration and the controversial elements

  5. "Good job overall."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University part-time

    Pros

    Great to connect with students and teachers were supportive.

    Cons

    Took a lot of time for a part-time role.

  6. "great"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University full-time

    Pros

    great team members, very supportive

    Cons

    lack of work to do

  7. "Red tape but good benefits"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC

    I worked at American University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working at AU. The community I built there was nice. Students are very involved in social causes. The university offered really great benefits to staff.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy especially when it comes to student issues. They will protest. They pay increases are very small.

  8. "Good for a student jobs"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Research Assistant 

    I have been working at American University part-time

    Pros

    -experience - close to classes

    Cons

    - salary is low, and raises do not exist like they do for a normal job. I needed multiple jobs during grad school to pay for my living expenses

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  9. "Best job on campus!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Assistant in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - great on a resume -great coworkers -even better leaders -life long connections

    Cons

    -duty shifts -dealing with intoxicated students -may strain your mental health

  10. "Great place to work despite some politics"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst 

    I worked at American University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People were generally nice, easy to work with.

    Cons

    Have to deal with some politics in academia whether or not you are a professor.

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