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Arizona State University Reviews

Updated January 1, 2018
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Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow
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Pros
  • Great work environment for all part time student employees (in 94 reviews)

  • There is a great work life balance and they allowed me to take eight weeks off when my baby girl was born (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Need to pay for parking to go to work (in 16 reviews)

  • Work / life balance was difficult (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Over worked, underpaid"

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

    I have been working at Arizona State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, tuition reduction available

    Cons

    State employee, tight budgets, department reorganizations with workload redistributions to current employees, high stress

    Advice to Management

    Foster supportive relationships with current employees, listen to suggestions and respond, mindful thinking.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid OKED"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Manager in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good healthcare plan, lots of vacation, in most cases they leave you alone to do your job.

    Cons

    "Knowledge Enterprise Development" is the part of ASU to avoid. The only way to get promoted is to leave. Management talks a good game, but never delivers. If someone leaves, they stall 8-10 months before hiring a replacement to save money. Crow puts so much pressure on his cabinet to meet baseless metrics, that his VPs treat their people very poorly.

  3. "Project Manager"

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    Former Contractor - BI Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Contractor - BI Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arizona State University as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and diverse work efforts.

    Cons

    Far more politics than you'll encounter in corporate jobs. With a combination of fragile egos, it makes it difficult to get the job done.

    Advice to Management

    I think this is the nature of being top heavy in PhDs. Fierce competition for funding sometimes creates hostile work situations.


  4. "ASU Housing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Front Desk
    Former Employee - Front Desk
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Works with school schedule, and lets you feel very connected to the ASU community and incoming freshman.

    Cons

    Constantly changing, unqualified management, with conceited attitudes and poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    I worked with Housing/Residential Life for 4 years. While the beginning of my experience was fairly positive, with so many upper and mid-level management changes, the quality of the work environment and position quickly took a downfall. I found many environments (especially the Honors College) to be incredibly toxic and distrusting of its workers. We were not treated or managed well. My last year before moving on to a better, full-time position, was absolutely miserable.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Rev"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time

    Pros

    Great collaborative potential, modern facilities;

    Cons

    Infighting hampers personal career advancement; the administration lacks oversight and coordination about what is going on at all levels; high senior personnel turnover rate prevents the establishment of a healthy and sustainable working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on self-promotion, more action that leads to tangible results; increase the dialog with employees and pay attention to their feedback.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "FACULTY: Know what you are getting into before you start here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor 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 university really tries to make it possible for everyone to attend university no matter where a student comes from or what their readiness is. The tuition benefit is a nice perk! My family is here because of the tuition for our kids, otherwise we would be long gone. Even though the state of Arizona is an "at will" state, there is some job security as long as you do your job.

    Cons

    Know that pay is terrible compared to the ABOR-approved peer institutions. There are no real prospects to advance your career because it is a crapshoot! Advancement opportunities are kind of dangled like a carrot to a donkey in a parched desert.

    Make sure you negotiate your salary well because it won't change much no matter how long you stay here or how high you perform. The staff turnover is very high and that leads to a very impersonal environment. When people quit be ready to pick up lots of slack. If you are lucky, the management MIGHT thank you for filling in the staffing gaps. Many employees are demoralized with the "top-down , do it or else" environment but they seem to plod along for the tuition benefit.

    Advice to Management

    The Emperor has new clothes at the New American University! There are way too many high-powered "YES" men and women. Stop being so focused on making $ while sacrificing quality education and demoralizing the workplace. Trim away some of the top-heavy CEO-like leaders who make top $ while the majority of other highly productive staff & faculty get shafted.


  7. "Problematic Workplace"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arizona State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many of my colleagues were great! The undergraduate students were also fun to work with.

    Cons

    The administration is capricious.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "teaching faculty get paid incredibly low"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources
    Tuition reimbursement for family / children
    apparent prestige?
    Flexible schedule. Some semesters, I could come in just one day a week!
    Ability to pick schedule (for the most part)

    Cons

    Teaching faculty are paid incredibly low.
    There are no easy ways to get promoted if you're "just" a teaching faculty.
    Tenure track / tenured faculty make sure the non-tenure track know they are the best.
    Little appreciation for teaching faculty.
    Insanely large classes of 60 to 100+++ students with no support

    Advice to Management

    Treat faculty as though they are worth it.
    Hire from outside, not just the graduates


  9. "Taken advantage of as a student worker."

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    Former Employee - Desk Assistant in Mesa, AZ
    Former Employee - Desk Assistant in Mesa, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a very flexible job and was able to choose hours that were in between my classes.

    Cons

    When minimum wage went up to $10 they kept us down to $8.05 and they frequently lost track of my hours. This resulted in many meetings with managers to get paid for hours hay worked that they said I didn't work. Extremely poorly ran.

    Advice to Management

    You guys should probably try to choose people who function with better logistics. Most of the higher ups seem to have no idea what they are doing.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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