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Updated February 14, 2018
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Pros
  • Great people, good pay, with university benifits (in 4 reviews)

  • Generally relaxed, low-pressure work environment, though I'm sure this depends on whom you work with (in 4 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. "Good University, tons of opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time

    Pros

    -Tuition waiver, good wage, retirement benefits

    Cons

    Cold environment, terrible parking, inefficient management


  2. "Facilities Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Safety Consultant in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Safety Consultant in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people (customers and employees), and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Not constant hours, never got a raise

  3. "Graduate Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay for student job

    Cons

    very stressful and very demanding


  4. "Great people, tough economic times"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and great management

    Cons

    Difficult economic times for the state.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  5. "Depends who you work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I was doing research for a great professor, so I had a great time.

    Cons

    This only applies to that one professor, I can't comment on any others.


  6. "Overall good."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    There were really great coworkers!

    Cons

    Sometimes budgetary issues got in the way of work


  7. "Student Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours, works around school hours

    Cons

    No opportunity for pay, no opportunity for promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with students and get them more engaged and on teams.

  8. 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.


  9. "Not good for IT people from outside Alaska"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's in Fairbanks! Nice people, beautiful campus with excellent trail system.

    Cons

    People in Fairbanks tend to stay in their jobs a long time, and at the university they stay in their jobs a very long time. As a result, processes ossify and skills stagnate, and there's widespread failure to stay on top of new technologies. There's also a tendency to rank and advance people by longevity/seniority rather than by ability. When new projects come along, they frequently hire contractors for bring-up rather than developing existing staff. Staff are treated much like clerical workers rather than as technical professionals.

    Advice to Management

    A number of years ago, MIT Tech Journal published an article on why Silicon Valley had been successful and 128 was not (this was prior to the .com boom), and the authors concluded that the key difference was that the greater job mobility in the Valley contributed to knowledge transfer and more dynamism in the workforce. Find some way to shake the staff loose a bit, whether it's job swaps with universities in the lower 48 or just moving people around more within OIT.


  10. "University of Alaska Museum of the North"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people, unique job duties, lots to learn

    Cons

    Fairbanks is an acquired taste


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