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University of Alaska Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. "ARSC"

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    Former Employee - IOS Software Developer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - IOS Software Developer in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were very friendly, and the atmosphere of the office was very productive. Being a small group, everyone knew everyone, and got along well. Even as a student worker, I was responsible for my own work, and there was no micromanagement.

    Cons

    My biggest complaint would just be a lack of mentor-ship. Being put onto a project largely meant that for most of my time there, being the only one involved in iOS development, there was nobody to engage with on the code, and if the results were of acceptable quality.

    Advice to Management

    More interaction with the student employees. Just checking over their work and giving feedback would be a very useful and valuable experience, especially as we were training ourselves to get ready to go out into the workforce.


  2. "University of Alaska"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairbanks, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful state, great for people who love outdoor activities, friendly people, opportunities to develop skills, good benefits/leave, low housing costs

    Cons

    State is currently financially insecure, not always competitive salary, if you can't handle long cold dark winters, this is probably not the best place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Align strategic plan with the new fiscal realities of state funding. Invest in research.

  3. "The organization is good, management is not great"

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    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Budget Analyst in Fairbanks, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, nice co-workers, supportive of continuing education

    Cons

    Pay is not great, management is not great

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what subordinates are doing. They're driving away good employees.


  4. "Competitive Salary"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in Anchorage, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR accessible and friendly. Work conditions reasonable.

    Cons

    No complaints to register. Enjoyed my time at UAA

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Pleasant people and fun projects"

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    Former Employee - Analyst/Programmer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Analyst/Programmer in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Alaska full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are in the right department, you can work on interesting projects with pleasant people and not much bureaucracy. The town has beautiful summers and nice people.

    Cons

    If you are in the wrong department (so I hear), office politics and bureaucracy can be bad. Make sure you have some indoor hobbies to occupy yourself with during the 8 month winter.

    Advice to Management

    For the department I worked in, I have no advice for management. They did a good job.


  6. "Great organization but slow career path"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Fairbanks, AK
    Former Employee - Programmer in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Job security
    Friendly atmosphere
    Low Stress
    Small enough that what you do matters and you can see it.
    Lots of employees have been there for years so there is a lot of tribal knowledge to go around.

    Cons

    University bureaucracy
    "Tenured" employees
    Old technology and processes
    Lack of training opportunities (especially in newer technologies)
    Can be hard for new people to be accepted (especially if they are from out of state) as there is an unspoken tendency to shun/avoid out-of-staters, but this is uniquely associated to being an Alaskan.
    Slow career path, in most cases the position above you has to be vacated for you to advance, that or transfer departments, or hope for a new one to be created(not likely).

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times... stop not changing anything because that's riskier than trying new things.


  7. "Great state to live and great people craving direction."

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love the state, great place to be to get away from the rat race.

    Cons

    All of the great employees here are demoralized because of the lack of direction.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to set goals.

  8. "It's great if you don't need health care"

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    Current Employee - Desktop Technician in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Desktop Technician in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Alaska full-time

    Pros

    Tuition waiver for free tuition for spouse and family, lots of activities on campus

    Cons

    Health benefits cost more and we receive less each year. Tuition waiver is slowly being phased out.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better benefits if you want to keep them.


  9. "OK as a short-term solution"

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    Current Employee - Junior Faculty in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Junior Faculty in Fairbanks, AK
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Living in Alaska is a special experience.

    Cons

    Traveling out of Alaska for professional development can be very inconvenient and expensive. Opportunities of research collaboration are limited. The long, cold winter can be a turn-off for many people.


  10. "great"

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    Current Employee - Me At Arsc in Fairbanks, AK
    Current Employee - Me At Arsc in Fairbanks, AK
    Recommends

    Pros

    A great place to work

    Cons

    can't get more people to work at arsc

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


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