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Updated October 13, 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 29 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 company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Material Supply Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Material Supply Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits for all insurances, tuition remission, athletics and university discounts, very nice Co-workers, low turnover and good possibility for longevity.

    Cons

    Not too many cons to this place. Because of the longevity, promotions make take longer and you salary can depend on the budget which fluctuates.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    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.

  3. "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


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "American University Library Job"

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    Current Employee - Building Operations Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Building Operations Specialist in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, able to go to school at same time

    Cons

    Difficult to move up


  6. "Great benefits, extremely stable workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    I worked at American University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Got myself a free MA degree. The benefits are amazing. Retirement matching is 2:1. People mostly leave at 5PM, allowing great work life balance. I enjoyed my job managing an international program.

    Cons

    I worked at the law school where rankings are tanking. That was a tough time because budgets were cut. If they don't think the rankings are just, they should ignore them, not play into them.


  7. "DAR Office - Great Learning Experience"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    There was a lot of room for growth, and everyone was conscientious of the fact that I was a student without a lot of work experience - they were very forgiving of mistakes and gave me lots of opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people. My supervisor was very flexible with scheduling - both working around class and schoolwork and with sick days.

    The office itself is very nice. It's a very safe area, right next to a metro, the equipment is all relatively new and easy to work with, etc.

    Cons

    Logistically, the office itself is inconvenient to nearly everything - it's right next to a metro, but it's about 45 minutes from campus which makes scheduling difficult. The job involves a lot of routines - I liked that, but I know for some people doing the same or similar assignments every week would be a deal-breaker.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly I had a good experience with every other employee I encountered, everyone from the security guards at the entrance to the executives I met.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Communications & Outreach Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Communications & Outreach Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work! Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    There aren't any downsides that I can think of for someone in my position.

    Advice to Management

    While I am not a professor or adjunct professor, I would say that adjunct professors need to be paid better and there should be more diversity in tenured professors.


  9. "Program Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tuition Remission! Beautiful Campus and great community

    Cons

    Standard higher education bureaucracy; not many opportunities for upward movement (though many times people transition to different departments)


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Generous time off. Positive community

    Cons

    Low pay for science staff

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in science.


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