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Thunderbird School of Global Management Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "MBA Candidate"

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    Current Employee - MBA Candidate in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - MBA Candidate in Glendale, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing institution, the campus diversity and dynamic teaching environment provide an exceptional academic experience.

    Cons

    Not an ideal geographic location,

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the mystique


  2. "Okay place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management (Less than a year)

    Pros

    my experience there was okay, payed on time, did not short you out on overtime.

    Cons

    moderate turn over, communication needs improvement

  3. "Assistant Director of Global Recruitment"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Global Recruitment in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Assistant Director of Global Recruitment in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Motivated, ambitious students; colleagues and students who love to travel and share an adventurous spirit; international travel to great locations; an amazing group of professionals as co-workers; brand recognition

    Cons

    Bumpy last 2 years, with near-miss with Laureate Education, and acquisition by ASU. Lots of positions eliminated with no succession-planning; gutted the MBA program to cater to ASU's b-school.

    Advice to Management

    Reward loyal employees with professional development opportunities or title changes, even if you aren't able to offer salary increases. Stay engaged with your employees, and don't just manage from your ivory tower.


  4. "Interim Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Arizona in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Arizona in Glendale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The extra money was nice and required relatively very little work. Also got to know my professor much better, which aside form being enjoyable, also yielded opportunities for list him for references.

    Cons

    You probably won't learn anything earth-shattering in the position. You're basically just doing a small amount of work in helping to plan the trip and then staying organized when you're on it.

    Advice to Management

    None. This is a beneficial arrangement for all parties involved. The assistant gets some organizational experience, a little more access, and some extra money. The professor gets some extra capacity to help with the minutia of planning and executing the trip.


  5. "Tech Support for Staff and Faculty"

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    Former Employee - Tdech Support in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Tdech Support in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Tech working together, nice little campus, work with the staff and students

    Cons

    No upward advancement, poor management in some departments, no increase in pay,

    Advice to Management

    Get with the program, the Techs do most of the work.


  6. "Good work environment, small private school affords the flexibility to balance home and work life well."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Glendale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    School is very independent and entrepreneurial. If you have an idea for a new class or something that may offer value to the students there is very less red tape in getting your ideas implemented.

    Cons

    Impending merger with ASU. We heard all sorts of rumors about how the autonomy of the school will be usurped by this BIG school. The worry is that the indvidualized instruction that was provided to the students will be lost.


  7. "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

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    Former Employee - Head of Operations At NGMI in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Head of Operations At NGMI in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best International School of Management and Business
    Outstanding global networking opportunities
    Student body extremely sharp
    Old faculty great international caliber

    Cons

    Total lack of senior leadership
    New faculty lacks real world experience, mostly PhD divas

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair and start practicing what you preach

  8. "Passionate people, poor management, challenging business model"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Business Development Director in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    the people Thunderbird attracts are amazing. The founding vision and mission of the institution

    Cons

    poor leadership and management. very scarce resources.

    Advice to Management

    develop leadership skills and people to leverage the passion that initially brought them to Thunderbird to begin with. Don't extinguish the fire.


  9. "To be associated to Thunderbird was the best job experience of my life."

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    Former Employee - Professor in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Professor in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time

    Pros

    It provided with a frame to apply my multilingual and cultural skills, and open up opportunities to grow professionally

    Cons

    Appeared to be financially strapped.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lacks talent and professionalism"

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    Current Employee - Client Director in Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Client Director in Glendale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thunderbird School of Global Management full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Student body. YMCA is nearby. Close to highways. Near Bell Road. Responsive IT help desk.

    Cons

    Directors appointed to roles lacking experience and leadership capability.
    Lots of discriminatory and inappropriate behavior by 'Senior team' which are hushed and swept under the rug by HR.
    Rules & processes are bent for non-minorities and created for minorities. Processes are in place only for the lowest paid.
    Salary is haphazardly paid to faculty and staff.
    No room for growth.
    Managing directors lack ability to sell products and manage people. There is no matrix in place for their bad behavior. They each have their own oligarchy.
    Lacks diversity at Senior and Management level.
    Only one true location - Glendale.
    The school is on a budget decline, there have been 4 layoffs in 2 yrs.
    Tribute is paid to work/life/balance but does not truly exist.
    I would not recommend working at this place.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize faculty knowledge. Its a business school which teaches business yet the personnel in place lacks the wherewithal to harness the resources at its fingertips. Capitalize on the faculty.

    Angel Cabrera is not the CEO - Larry Penley is running the place into the ground.


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