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University of Alaska Fairbanks Fairbanks Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Generally relaxed, low-pressure work environment, though I'm sure this depends on whom you work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Great place to learn and explore (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Hostile work environment around very tight deadlines (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay compared to industry average (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great student job oppurtunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a student employee for UAF and loved it. They allowed me to manage my own projects and were flexible with my scheduling needs.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  2. "Good place for grad school if highly self-motivated"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Reasonable compensation for graduate teaching assistants, basic health insurance and tuition waiver. Excellent facilities for biology in new building. Supportive administration.

    Cons

    High cost of living in Fairbanks, culture perhaps a bit too laid back. Budgetary woes with AK's recent financial shortfalls. Difficulty retaining talented faculty. Top-heavy administration.

  3. "OK place to work for the area"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment and friendly atmosphere with opportunity to grow as an individual.

    Cons

    Mired in politics and serious issues with senior management


  4. "UA Museum Upper Management Hostilities"

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    Former Employee - Digital Media in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Digital Media in Fairbanks, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Travel

    Decent 401K and benefits

    Many opportunities to learn from staff and researchers

    Positive networking with other institutions

    Exciting projects and work

    Lots of experience in professional flexibility and efficiency

    Cons

    Credit for your work will be claimed by upper management, while blame rolls downhill to you

    Hostile work environment around very tight deadlines

    Pressure to work overtime without compensation

    Museum HR was ineffectual in resolving complaints on multiple occasions

    Very unpleasant and unprofessional exiting procedure.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the complacency, clean out management that rule by fear, threats, and bullying. You are only encouraging a revolving door of personnel to occur, creating a terribly negative and hostile work environment.


  5. "Great People, Great Work enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great!
    My boss is super flexible with my student schedule.
    My co-workers are very helpful and talkative.

    Cons

    Not the greatest pay.
    Being in the University System comes with its drawbacks

    Advice to Management

    There isn't a whole lot of advice to be given, they're doing a great job


  6. "RA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free room, discounted meal plan (this came later), great community, lots of experiences learned

    Cons

    favoritism is real, Work/Life balance hard to come by


  7. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    pay zero Intuition fee in here.

    Cons

    workload as TA while you also have to study

  8. "Very good University"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    All the people are so kind and I has nice campus. They have amazing library. Nice to work here.

    Cons

    It's very Cold here, but still fine!The Parking in campus is expensive, need to be decreased.


  9. "Great Stepping Stone"

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    Current Employee - Career Services Coordinator in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Career Services Coordinator in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I started as a student and after about a year of working hard and impressing the right people I was promoted from within to a full-time staff position. From what I understand this happens quite frequently. Student jobs give you excellent resume building starting experience and if you play your cards right you can develop great networking connections within the community. For the most part the organizational culture is pretty positive but it does depend heavily on what department you work for.

    Cons

    The organizational culture can be toxic depending on where you work within the University and who your report to as is the case with any company. Right now we are also facing severe budget cuts with a lot of people leaving/losing jobs creating an increased workload on those left behind, again as with any other company out there.

    Advice to Management

    I really don't have any advice for management. I am an entry level employee with little to no knowledge of how an organization runs so I can't really speak to that.


  10. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time

    Pros

    Working environment is very good and the faculty is very helpful. I am getting to learn a lot of things during my work. Good salary.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much workload in the weekdays. Sometimes have to work even after coming back to home

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure what to to say regarding advice but may be opportunities to get to the companies are limited here as a student.


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