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Updated April 27, 2017
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Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
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  • Work / life balance was difficult (in 16 reviews)

  • There are no cons as far as I know (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Great for work as a student"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - First Year Success Coach in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - First Year Success Coach in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arizona State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly supervisors that are willing to work with your school schedule.

    Cons

    Sometimes the vision of various projects seems ambiguous as they try and figure out their plan.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being willing to work with student workers as they balance work and school.


  2. "Biotech Institute"

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Assistant in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great people, positive environment, fun.

    Cons

    Some spaces are very cluttered.

    Advice to Management

    Have everyone keep their space organized.


  3. "ServiceNow Admin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ServiceNow Administrative in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - ServiceNow Administrative in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great teams to work with.
    Good work environment.

    Cons

    Work is not as challenging and gets a little redundant


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  5. "#1 in Innovation"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ASU is a great school, treats it's graduate students reasonably well. Great facilities, good staff even with a high turnover, relatively good benefits if they pay you enough to use them. Amazing variety of experts. There's also the perfect weather 7 months of the year.

    Cons

    Maybe to big. Crow wants to grow to something like 90,000 students across the valley plus another 30-50,000 online students... but they can't keep our current network assets online. Decisions are made with no visible process or accountability. Like any large organization, psychopaths in their employ will use graduate students up and kick them to the curb without a second thought — was on a 10 hour per week assignment that turned into 40 per week and told to shut up and do it.
    For a graduate student, the pay is horribly low. It's just barely enough to cover the school year, and despite departments wanting their students to work all summer, provides no stipend to do that work. As an older student, I can't not be paid for my labor, sorry but mumsies and daddums don't support all of us. Pay us a living wage instead of just making lip service about it.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out that graduate students are adults that have adult-level expenses. Not all of us are rich kids, many ASU students, including grads, are the first people in their families to go to college. Let us form a graduate student union. Support us and we'll support you.
    Figure out some form of institutional knowledge capture. Turn over is so high that entire centers and international projects collapse when a single person leaves.


  6. "research associate"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    good environment and good employees

    Cons

    low pay for research associate compared to other universities


  7. "Good company with good benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Operations Specialist in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Operations Specialist in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and hours

    Cons

    Way different then corporate environment including culture and pay


  8. "Research Technician"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Research Technician in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Laboratory Research Technician in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great environment to learn and you have the opportunity to work directly with faculty to develop projects.

    Cons

    Parking is awful on the Tempe campus. They don't provide employee parking.


  9. "Not Horrible... But, There are Better Places to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Support Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Support Analyst in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Great medical (some of the best) and educational benefits.
    - Generally, friendly people to work around
    - Carries some clout with other institutions
    - LINAU management training is good
    - Non-Smoking campus
    - Walk only areas make sure it is harder to be run over by students on bikes and skateboards
    - Committed to sustainability and the environment

    Cons

    - Community seems very set in their ways, not very progressive thinking when it comes to employees or work schedules... especially for the staff
    - Staff are treated as peons in comparison to most of the faculty.
    - The ability to develop oneself professionally here is limited to the classes that ASU offers, attached to a degree. No significant continuing education or professional development is offered at the university level, other than management training (LINAU is pretty good).
    - I've seen people who were valuable to the institution fired months before they retired on multiple occasions in multiple departments.
    - Competitive promotions make it possible to be demoted or lose your job because you wanted to move up the ladder, and had to interview for your position.
    - There are no cost of living raises, only merit based. While it's great that they are pushing for great things... There isn't always money to give to everyone who has done great things. Even then, it's no more than 3% per year... unless you're a director or dean or higher
    - Parking is limited and hard to get. Once one can get a parking pass, they can cost $800 per year.
    - There's definitely some shady business practices used by some of the faculty and administration
    - Lots of outsourcing of jobs that should really be held in house (networking and janitorial positions come to mind right away), this leads to a subpar performance from these groups, who don't really care about the institution like they should.

    Advice to Management

    - Create strict audits for administration to go through to ensure good business practice at higher levels. It seems much of the power at ASU goes unchecked.
    - Provide paths of promotion for all staff levels that doesn't require competitive promotions
    - Provide continued education for staff members at discounted prices (see Kansas State University’s faculty/staff development program for a good idea of how this could work)
    - Cost of living continues to go up... making it harder to live in the area and work for the institution... it also makes it hard to keep good staff due to other more competitive institutions... Give cost of living raises


  10. "Great Place to intern"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Communications Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Current Intern - Communications Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona State University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are really nice and the job works around your schedule

    Cons

    Have had no problems here.

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. "group fitness instructor at Tempe ASU SDFC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Fitness Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Group Fitness Instructor in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain experience and work with other students

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of working for a giant university can be challenging. Many things get lost in translation and take a long time for approval


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