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University of Arizona Tucson Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • Most jobs stay at minimum or below minimum wage (in 18 reviews)

  • State budget cuts continue to erode the schools' ability to serve in-state students (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Love working here"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Developer Principal in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst/Developer Principal in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University has many perks including reduced tuition, library access, and lots of smart interesting people who love to talk about their work.

    Cons

    The pay for developers is not very good.


  2. "Graduate Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    good pay
    comfortable work timings
    fee reduction

    Cons

    work distribution is uneven
    Tucson isn't a great place if you can't bear sun.

  3. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent professors and colleagues, beautiful campus, freedoms.

    Cons

    Too hot. Too dry. And the pay is not as high.


  4. "Good jobs for students, pay isn't the best"

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    Former Employee - Lab Preproom Attendant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Lab Preproom Attendant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely flexible hours, can study while on the job

    Cons

    Pay was below minimum wage (after AZ switched to $10/hour) when I left; university said they could determine wage due to being a state university.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your students better and the turnover won't be as high. Otherwise fairly good management and good working environment


  5. "Difficult Environment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    -School spirit
    -Pretty campus
    -Good pay and benefits
    -Good-quality instruments and reagents

    Cons

    -Very slow in the beginning (took almost 3 months for HR to do the paperwork for my offer letter, 2 months to get my first paycheck, and 1 month to get my computer)
    -Stressful environment, very high expectations
    -Difficult to get work done with the constant stress and pressure to publish
    -Does not offer good work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    -Make expectations known from the beginning
    -Offer better work-life balance
    -Provide encouragement and help when needed
    -Give constructive criticism
    -Improve communications


  6. "Good Organization, A lot of redundancy"

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    Former Employee - Conference Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Conference Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy Work for the money

    Cons

    Management makes you redo tasks because they communicate correctly

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication skills in upper management to waste less money redoing work.


  7. "Working at U of A"

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    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits.
    Tuition reduction plan.
    Back-up childcare.
    University-paid week between Christmas and New Years.

    Cons

    Lower than average pay.
    Expensive parking.
    Little to no raises.
    Lots of bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging. Treat your employees with respect, and dignity.

  8. "Grant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Grant Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Grant Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and work life balance.

    Cons

    Salary is a little below average, but the benefits, environment, and job satisfaction are fantastic.

    Advice to Management

    Small things like filtered water and ice machine in the break room are very much appreciated. Doesn't seem like much, but makes administrative staff feel valued.


  9. "Bear Down, Arizona!"

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    Former Employee - Mobile Web Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Mobile Web Manager in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Arizona (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong community support and public image
    Large academic institution with public funding (higher education status helps with discounts)
    Professional work environment
    Indoors/AC
    Central location (easy access/commute)

    Cons

    Institutional inefficiencies as a result of "government job" security
    Large funding swings (years without a raise, followed by mass layoffs or mass hiring)
    Rising cost of higher education (e.g. tuition) causes some animosity from students
    Expensive parking
    Congested traffic when school is in session

    Advice to Management

    Annual raises
    Fire dead weight


  10. "Worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Covers tuition and pays substantially well for student life

    Cons

    Work load can be hectic at times


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