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Updated April 30, 2017
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  1. "Can be fun, can be frustrating."

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    Current Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Anchorage, AK
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alaska Anchorage full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back, good work life balance. pretty good benefits, and flexible schedules. working with college students can be fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    Far too many individuals whom you will have to work with are just bad at their jobs. poor communicators throughout the university.


  2. "Executive Assistant to the Dean"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Alaska Anchorage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Higher education can be a very rewarding environment in terms of being able to help students and faculty achieve goals.

    Cons

    UA's system is mucked up in politics. So much so that getting answers or assistance can be near impossible when people keep deflecting accountability. Hiring at UAA was a nightmare, and they have a saying: "It's almost impossible to get hired at UAA, but even more impossible to get fired." UA was also top-heavy in terms of administration, and their direction often felt confused and misguided.

    Advice to Management

    If people can't fulfill the requirements of their positions and have a multitude of complaints as such, please - LET THEM GO. The constant fear displayed by institutional attorneys of even the possibility of a lawsuit was incredibly frustrating. Alaska is an 'at-will' state. Perhaps the UA system needs to hire attorneys who can uphold the requirements of their jobs.

  3. "Teaching Assistantsip at the University of Alaska Anchorage"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alaska Anchorage part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The fellow teachers are all kind and understanding. I never had a boss that I didn't like.

    Cons

    You get paid just enough to live on campus. You can't afford anywhere else on your own and very few places with a roommate.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the exclusivity clause in the contract so that students can get a second job to supplement cost of living expenses.


  4. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Student in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Student in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska Anchorage (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse campus, friendly and professional faculty and staff, and class sizes are decent. The campus is easy to maneuver. The student union is the heart of the campus and is always full of things to partake in.

    Cons

    Not enough parking for the amount paid per semester and/or yearly parking permits. Competitive availability or lack of availability at times for classes needed to complete degree programs.


  5. "Great place to work!!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Alaska Anchorage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Never a dull moment! There are plenty of growth opportunities. Under the Administrative leadership, excellent treatment to the valuable staff.

    Cons

    Complex hierarchy. Can be "political" especially when there is change in leadership.

    The university can tend to excessively promote from within. Meaning seniority overrides actual talent which can be discouraging and counter-productive.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a theme and stick with it, so many times the university has picked a "latest and greatest" methodology for business planning but rarely see that methodology through more than 1 fiscal cycle.


  6. "Automotive Instructor"

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    Current Contractor - Automotive Instructor in Anchorage, AK
    Current Contractor - Automotive Instructor in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Alaska Anchorage as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Allows freedom to develop course subjects, topics, and overall student experience.

    Cons

    Lack of communication, team efforts, organization, professional experience.

    Advice to Management

    Management has just changed, and has been making huge strides in efforts to improve the program.


  7. "Great!"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoy working in a multicultural and satisfying environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes work requires more hour than what the employee is payed.

  8. "Good employer"

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    Current Employee - Term Assistant Professor in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Term Assistant Professor in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alaska Anchorage full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with and around. The academic schedule is very sweet also, with breaks in spring, a long summer break and Christmas off.

    Cons

    Budget constraints mean no travel and it was difficult to buy necessary items for teaching. I had to produce things at my own expense.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It is very important to keep employees happy in a world where money is not available to compensate those who go above and beyond.


  9. "Mostly a "Can't Do This" Attitude; Rarely a "How Can We Make This Happen" One"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Anchorage, AK
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alaska Anchorage as a contractor

    Pros

    The students. They are always worth it.

    Cons

    Lots of glamour & fluff, but no real interior meat. Worked at several larger companies & universities & this is by far the worse management experience I've have ever encountered. What's sad is the many admin, faculty & staff who admit to this as well, but only behind close doors. Frustration is everywhere. Communication skills lack in sending a clear understanding of procedures to both employees & students. There has also been emotional bullying tactics by management to staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for poor management decisions. Utilize the talents of employees more efficiently. Be creative by allowing the creativity of others. In a University, everyone deserves a voice & included in decision-making. Train management on how to respect all employees. It is obvious there are some in higher management positions that should not be there. The University has promise, but needs more positive, "can do" people to make it happen. Also, people with more of a global outlook versus local, so that the UA system can grow into a global leader. Currently, it is not. If it were, it would not be losing students, major funding, or laying off talented people as it currently is undergoing.


  10. "Working as Student Employee. Various Positions."

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - Student Worker in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Alaska Anchorage part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedules, On time pay checks, Great networking opportunity.

    Cons

    Working at UAA can be incredibly frustrating. The organizational culture is prehistoric, coming from the top from an old military chancellor, and even further UAA is in a very conservative State.
    The work environment is extremely inefficient, people waste tons of time hanging out at work, charging hours when no work related activity was performed at all. Human Resources is one of the worst departments on campus, constantly overwhelmed, and staffed by equally inefficient personnel. They do not value student workers as they should.

    Advice to Management

    I believe UAA could benefit from a organizational renewal, and application of cutting edge business management and project management resources. Instead of freezing hires, and cutting personnel in difficult budget situations, the university should focus in work efficiency that cuts slack time, wast of material resources, and unnecessary construction projects.


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