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Updated March 23, 2017
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  • Not a lot of room for advancement (particularly without a PhD) (in 6 reviews)

  • There's not a great work-life balance here, and there are a lot of politics from the top (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Student Activities Front Desk Staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front Desk Staff in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Front Desk Staff in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly in Student Activities, and it is good receptionist type work/office experience.

    Cons

    Generally there are no raises and there is a high turnover rate of people working in the office.


  3. "Instructor"

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

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

    Pros

    Chance to get experience on full time term faculty salary

    Cons

    Short term contracts, job insecurity, short term notice of re-hire, not seen as full time employee even so one has a full time contract

    Advice to Management

    Allow and support term faculty to unionize! Have clear promotion regulations and at least multi-year contract options for term instructors.


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  5. "Communications"

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

    I have been working at American University full-time

    Pros

    Good retirement plan, good health insurance, good location, interesting community, ability to work at home or remotely when necessary.

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of uniform standards in online communications, including social media.


  6. "Peer Advisor"

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    Current Employee - Peer Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Peer Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Career Center Experience

    Cons

    not always flexible with picking when hours are


  7. "Student doing Grad Research Assnt"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    GRA allows you to do research for great professors, paycheck is always on time

    Cons

    GRA are paid at approximately 13$ an hour which isnt much for Washington DC


  8. "Adjunct Professor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good working environment, good students, collegiality among peers,

    Cons

    can be bureaucratic, not always possible to get classes you want to teach


  9. "Admin Assistant - Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    This all depends on which department you are in. I was blessed with a great, sociable department with fun, smart staff. I had a good work-life balance and also took advantage of AU's tuition remission program.

    Cons

    No room for advancement! Also, a lot of staff apply internally for other positions at the university and are not given priority. Lots of people with part-time or temporary jobs, because AU doesn't want to pay for the other benefits. Their new system of giving people bonuses is also not great.

    Advice to Management

    There should be more promotion done internally rather than seeking outside employees. In addition, other universities offer better discounts for staff members pursuing education at the same school.


  10. "Assistant Professor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at American University full-time

    Pros

    Kogod is a geat business school with very nice people as well as nice students.

    Cons

    There are too many committees to attend which take up most of the time. Research can be easily boosted by freeing up some of the time gong for the committee meetings.


  11. "Flexibility for a student schedule"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in this office was great for a student while still providing for development of professional skills.

    Cons

    Limited hours depending on the office and their budget for student workers beyond the hours provided by federal work study.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible with students schedules. Inquire what students are looking to get out of the position and try to make the work study experience beneficial to future employment.



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