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Northern Arizona University Reviews

Updated July 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible hours, light work load (in 16 reviews)

  • Of the few IT employers in the Flagstaff area, Northern Arizona University is the most flexible, is very family-friendly and provides great benefits (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Manager 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

    Exceptional benefits. One of the few "real" employers in town.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than industry standard. Employees are typically under-utilized and micro-managed. Dissatisfaction with the current president is driving many of the best employees to leave.

    Advice to Management

    You have immense talent in your staff. Give them more initiative and responsibility, and reduce politics, and you will reap the huge rewards.


  2. "Well, you gotta pay the bills..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Of the few IT employers in the Flagstaff area, Northern Arizona University is the most flexible, is very family-friendly and provides great benefits. The institution is a very well-funded business that can help you dig out of student loan debt early in your career or sustain a family later once you've given up on the prospect of being debt-free.

    Cons

    Leave your pride at the door. All employees are interchangeable. You might be hired into your dream job, but before long you may be forced into another far less satisfactory role, whether you have the training or not. In the end we are all just warm bodies and one way or another the business must continue to run.

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting like you aren't part of the problem. Treat employees like individuals, with varying opinions, skills and needs. Quit buying shiny fancy new tools and use the tools you have!

  3. "SBIRT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time

    Pros

    Great experience and easy hours

    Cons

    No benefits, grant funded position


  4. "A great place to live!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flagstaff is a great place to live and the students are wonderful. There are some nice benefits including very reasonable healthcare and great free resources for employees and staff on campus.

    Cons

    With the changing administration and large size of the school, there is a lot in flux and at times it feels like things get lost. The administration also seems to be struggling with its' commitment to tenure-track faculty.

    Advice to Management

    I would encourage management to pay attention to the diversity, bullying, and harassment issues on campus. The new SWALE policy is a step in the right direction, but a policy is not enough. There needs to be action behind the policy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good stepping stone."

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    Current Employee - End-User Computing Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - End-User Computing Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to learn and improve when starting a new career.

    Cons

    The lack of leadership is staggering. From the President of the University, to VPs, to Directors, NOBODY can lead.

    Advice to Management

    Read, "Leaders eat last" by Simon Sinek. It may show the gaping holes in how things are done, and how staff are treated.


  6. "Post Doc"

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scholar in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scholar in Flagstaff, AZ

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

    Pros

    Nice and beautiful place. Commute time is 15min end to end in a city.

    Cons

    Salary for a Post-Doc is dismal.


  7. "Asst Professor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Northern Arizona University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone to better position. Easy to advance because the expectations are pretty low.

    Cons

    Low wages. Lack of support for grants and evaluation. Leadership is lacking.

  8. "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location, great community, lots of opportunities for movement within the university, great people.

    Cons

    Salary is low for the cost of living.


  9. "Friendly environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Northern Arizona University part-time

    Pros

    You can make your own hours

    Cons

    You receive very low pay

    Advice to Management

    Provide at least minimum wage to students


  10. "Good and Bad"

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    Current Employee - Data Quality Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Current Employee - Data Quality Specialist in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great city to live in, Great benefits, Friendly people

    Cons

    Very expensive to live here. Some departments are a little corrupt in the way things are run. Take advantage of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to show more appreciation for the employees that they have or they will lose them to employers that will show the respect and appreciation they deserve.


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