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Updated May 19, 2017
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  • Great work environment for all part time student employees (in 79 reviews)

  • Flexible hours for student workers (in 60 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Associate in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice weather
    Very ambitious president
    Resourceful in terms of research equipment
    Solid-state related research is strong
    Good relationship with Intel

    Cons

    Extremely inefficient business office
    Low stipend based on cost of living
    Rent around campus soaring up crazy
    Extremely poor Wifi
    Poor amount of licensed software for research

    Advice to Management

    If you really want to improve ranking the most important thing to do is upgrade Wifi system and buy more software license instead of numerous construction.


  2. "Not inspiring or healthy, as expected for grad student TAs?"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arizona State University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays for tuition, low standards for maintaining employment, large networking and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Abysmal pay, poor management, poor hierarchy, lots of pressure to work extra time without pay, behind schedule appointments (leaving you without time to find new work if they don't have any for you), unclear but low standards.

    Advice to Management

    Give TAs more advance notice about their loss of financial support and employment. Create a more welcoming environment for employees to get to know each other better. Hold TAs to any standard, rather than employing them on the political power of their advisors. Make a clearer and easier path for reaching senior management.


  3. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


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  5. "Missed it by that much"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some great professors to work under.

    Cons

    No attention to facilities and maintenance needs until they have been out for a week or more (plumbing, elevators, etc.), making research job functions fundamentally challenging. The environment simply is not conducive to research progress.

    Advice to Management

    Hire administrators interested in making the university better, not focused on money.


  6. "Financial Aid"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great! Flexiblity with work schedules and a very laid-back atmosphere.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible; one of the worst paying jobs I've ever had. And moving up in the company is extremely difficult; talent acquisition takes forever! I can't believe attrition isn't more of a problem here?


  7. "Not an Enjoyable Experience"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Benefits are nice and the work itself is easy

    Cons

    Negativity everywhere and communication is terrible

    Advice to Management

    Have some faith in your employees and encourage them every once in a while


  8. "Takes staff for granted"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Specialist in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has all the resources of a large university. There is a lot going on and ASU is striving to be at the forefront of advances in higher education.

    Cons

    They greatly reduced the benefits new staff receive while I was employed. Salary freezes are also more common than not. Considering the low salary it definitely isn't worth it!

    Advice to Management

    Don't brag about employing a fraction of the staff compared to universities half ASU's size. It just signals that staff will be overworked and under appreciated.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Undergraduate Admissions Specialist underappreciated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Specialist in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Admissions Specialist in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people who care about students.
    The benefits are really good.
    Love working on such a vibrant campus.

    Cons

    Pay is significantly low compared to the amount of work.
    Sometimes work 3-4 nights and occasional weekends.
    Management doesn't appreciate the 60 hours of work. Very little action to their words of appreciation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the politics. Don't hire upper management because you have a personal connection.Hire visionary, inspirational, and competent leaders who care about their staff.


  10. "Accountant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accountant in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Accountant in Tempe, AZ
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health care, vacation, holidays, working with students

    Cons

    Underappreciated, overworked, low salary, political

    Advice to Management

    Fight for your employees to get paid what they are worth


  11. "Not Good In Its Present Form"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Educator At Global Launch in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - International Educator At Global Launch in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Reduced tuition for yourself and spouse/children at all Arizona state universities
    -Great, knowledgeable coworkers
    -Great support network among your peers

    Cons

    -After the transition from AECP to Global Launch, a lot of poor choices have been made that have really negatively affected the program
    -Management doesn't care about the instructors. They seem more concerned about mining instructors for knowledge and after they're burned out, putting them into dead-end projects with little opportunity to grow
    -Challenging workload if you get a higher level course to teach
    -Variable schedule: Your work schedule changes every session, so be prepared to be flexible
    -Mandatory professional development/workshops during intersessions. Most of these are unhelpful and are an excuse to keep everyone at their desks and management happy
    -Future looks very uncertain for this program

    Advice to Management

    I don't know how you can take what was the largest IEP in the country and turn it into what it is now. It saddens me that a lot of good instructors are getting laid off and resigning in light of dim future prospects. The management is unwilling to admit it was their mismanagement that did the most damage and not international markets. Please, guys, the culture you introduced is suffocating the program and damaging its reputation. Make it more about education and less about products and good things will come from it. Trust me.


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