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University of Alaska Fairbanks Reviews

Updated August 31, 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)

  • flexibility at work timings, great coworkers (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. "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


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Excellent workplace"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dillingham, AK
    Former Employee - Assistant Professor in Dillingham, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sea Grant Program was very effectuve at leveraging funding to provide maximum ROI.

    Cons

    Remote office location and high cost of living


  7. "Earthquake Analyst"

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

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time

    Pros

    You get paid really well. If you love the outdoors and doing winter activities this is the place to work.

    Cons

    The people are really touchy feel-y. You can easily offend people. The job is tedious and boring after a while.

    Advice to Management

    Don't call it a close nit society when it is very groupy and not welcoming.

  8. "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.


  9. "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


  10. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks part-time

    Pros

    It is a great place to work. We gain experience dealing with a big group of students. And, our theoretical and practical knowledge will improve. Plus, the school pays our tuition fee.

    Cons

    Not many cons if we have good knowledge on electrical engineering courses.


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