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University of Arizona Tucson Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  • State budget cuts continue to erode the schools' ability to serve in-state students (in 16 reviews)

  • UA is under the typical revenue-centered model and graduate students are at the bottom with the least security (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Creative Services Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Tucson, AZ
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    I major reason why I chose to go to school at the U of A is because of our amazing sports program. Some of the best reasons I chose to work for Arizona Athletics is because we got to be a part of every sporting event throughout the entire school year. Being a part of a division I school, you get to feel very involved with the success of each team. Our football games bring in enormous crowds, and our basketball team is one to pay attention to, and it feels very good to be a part of the working force for our sports.

    Cons

    I wouldn't necessarily say there are a lot of downsides, but I could say that working these events can be very stressful and attentive to detail.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I would give to the management is to be a little more welcoming at the entrance and when first meeting someone new. I know that I didn't learn everybody's name till about 4 months into working.


  2. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist, Principal in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Research Specialist, Principal in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Ability to advance quickly in position. Great city. Walkable, bikeable campus.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower across the board. Faculty leave/high turnover.


  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Arizona full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great educational benefits as well as room to grow

    Cons

    government organization so a lot of red taps sometimes


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  5. "Great place to do research"

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    Current Employee - Grad Student BME in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Grad Student BME in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Arizona part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great support form faculty, but of course it depends on the lab. College of optics is top knotch. BME is up and coming, and the others I dont know about. Low cost living. Nice year-round, but summers you will want to stay indoors.

    Cons

    If staying local, do research that can get you into the company. There are only very few big ones, but they are good and large. It isn't a "big name school" to out of state companies.

    Advice to Management

    Management does their best to recruit the best and support them well and have them leave with a great education. They are open to ideas of change. Graduate student counsel is a great resource (GPSC).


  6. "university of Arizona Library"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The school provides students part-time jobs in the library. The schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    The part time job is great, even though the salary is not too high. But the supervisor is nice.


  7. "Mixed Bag at the College of Optical Sciences"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Arizona part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is normal to lend a hand to people outside your research group. Very co-operative rather than cut-throat competitive. Faculty and Staff are generally friendly and helpful. Instruction was awesome.

    Cons

    Short version: Low pay and long hours due to executive bloat/corruption.

    The university itself is not very good at pulling in funds to give to graduate departments. Consequently, our evidently greedy board of regents and president have advocated a mercenary approach to science where we fund our selves via direct contracts with external industries. They promptly take a cut of said contracts, and proceed to spend it on themselves and on new facilities to attract more undergraduate students who will have even less funding available to them than the graduate students.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the business model with an education model: fewer students, fewer amenities, more faculty, more general funding.


  8. "Content Writer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience in the field of my major.

    Cons

    Not compensated adequately in specialized field.

    Advice to Management

    Any student position that requires specialized skills should be compensated more than others.


  9. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Tuition is compensated and biweekly salary

    Cons

    Some research projects require very long hours.


  10. "N/A"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at University of Arizona (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility. Benefits. Family friendly. Laid Back.

    Cons

    Opportunity for growth. Equity among staff.


  11. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tucson, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Arizona as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    A short-term project based work, partially funded my research conducted on image analysis and video processing. Working on a Lysimeter project, requiring MATLAB and LabView programming.

    Cons

    Starting from beginner's level and learn everything by oneself is not easy. It requires strong self-motivation and well-balance of time and efforts. Learned quite a lot for multi-tasking and partially achieved the goals.



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