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Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Northern Arizona University President Rita Hartung Cheng
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  • Salary is low for the cost of living (in 13 reviews)

  • Low pay if you only have a masters degree(most departments), parking is a pain (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great Benefits, Lots of Bureaucracy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. The benefits are great. Having access to a universities resources is great.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy. Everything is very slow moving. New hires take months. Getting new positions approved can take years, if at all. Pay is abysmal.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging the entire university. Each department has their own budget, let them use it how they need. They know better than you what the day to day is like.


  2. "Great student opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher, Office Assistant, TA, Grader, SI in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher, Office Assistant, TA, Grader, SI in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for students to work:
    - Get to know your Department Chair and see if they need help in the office
    - Research opportunities (especially in CEFNS)
    - Flexible hours (usually)
    - You can usually schedule work when you are already planning on being on campus
    - Long- and short-term employment opportunities

    Cons

    Depending on the position you apply for, your hours may not be as flexible. While I had great experiences working at NAU while I attended, I know many people who did not enjoy their campus jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Take course load into consideration when scheduling students


  3. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee benefits
    Close community of long-time employees
    Students supply you with a youthful outlook on life

    Cons

    Growing so fast that there are many stresses to the Flagstaff community.
    Narcissism at the top.
    Expensive parking.

    Advice to Management

    Show sincere appreciation for employees.


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  5. "No advancement"

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    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Academic Advisor in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a great benefit plan, including health, life, vision, dental, and tuition assistance.The Flagstaff climate is great. Flagstaff is also a smaller fun city.

    Cons

    NAU has terrible pay for employees, well-below average, and does not match cost-of-living in Flagstaff. Upper management does not respect lower employees, many are political appointees, and are not qualified for their positions. Campus is overcrowded.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay for employees, listen to advice from employees to improve the university, and create more transparency between management and staff and employees.


  6. "No Transparency, Poor Leadership, and Dishonesty"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting a paycheck and nice colleagues (mostly).

    Cons

    No transparency, poor leadership, and dishonest and unethical issues.

    Advice to Management

    (1) If someone only works 8:45 to 3:30 and takes a lunch they shouldn't be getting paid for 40 hrs. Only proves what can be accomplished if you kiss the right butt (main leadership). Nonetheless, this is stealing public money and shouldn't be occurring. (2) If you tell people not to worry about their jobs, that they're safe, don't lay them off days later (literally). Just be honest - not fake. (3) If the President is going to let people go left and right then she shouldn't be getting fat bonuses. It's not illegal, but it doesn't seem very ethical. (4) Transparency = actually have this.


  7. "Change is constant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    A great community of passionate people who care about the work they do. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of top down communication


  8. "Great place to start!"

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    Former Employee - Student Worker in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Northern Arizona University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned an awful lot about what I would need for the industry and made good connections

    Cons

    Not a lot of co-workers, so sometimes the work loads can get overwhelming


  9. "Needs Better Managers/Supervisors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Workloads are light, with very regular hours and lots of time off.

    Cons

    Still has the hallmarks of "old school" state employment--sense of entitlement, people entrenched in jobs for decades with little or no productive change. Very little room for vertical growth in job development.

    Advice to Management

    Train supervisors better. Have a long term transition plan that avoids the issue of "lifers" just waiting for their pensions. Stop cutting the budget.


  10. "working at nau"

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    Current Employee - Part Time in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Part Time in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    I have a lot of flexibility, there are a lot of departments so you can transfer quite easily.
    The pay is competitive.

    Cons

    It can take awhile to be established, depending on the dept. Some are more friendly than others, and mine was so-so. Leadership isn't well versed on creating positive work environments or helping others connect. They seem to excel at their jobs, but not necessarily at managing people. They talk about valuing diversity, but I don't think this is actually the case.

    Advice to Management

    more training for supervisors on how to effectively manage people beyond one day and two day seminars- they need to role play, maybe even a class that's taken over a semester.


  11. "Nobody cares about the students"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll get to create your own schedule and work around your classes. Extremely close to everything you need, especially if you live on campus.

    Cons

    Very low pay, very little advancement, very little marketable skills, nobody cares that you're a student trying to make ends meet

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more competitive hourly pay for students and listen to their concerns when treated unfairly. Create more hours for students to work.



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