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University of Arizona Reviews

Updated Feb 11, 2020

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University of Arizona President Ann Weaver Hart
Ann Weaver Hart
345 Ratings
  1. "An organization on the rise that is vested within the student community at the University of Arizona."

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    Current Employee - Outreach Coordinator in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Upper management actually cares about its' employees, an overall great place to come into work. They've received a great deal of funding from the community, as well as the school, and they've recently achieved 501c3 status. They hire some of the best talent available to them, and are going to achieve even more success in the future.

    Cons

    A few members of upper management don't belong in those positions, tough to move up. The organization is also still relatively new to the Tucson community, and are still trying to market the concept of what they do. I believe they need to have a more concerted effort to publicize the pantry's efforts and getting even more clients through the doors. They also should be having more food distributions because those have been extremely popular, and are a great selling point.

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    University of Arizona2014-02-19
  2. "Excellent learning and growing experience!"

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    Current Contractor - Research and Teaching Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Arizona for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The university has the most supportive faculty and staff to work with. My colleagues are smart and productive. Also, Tucson is a great city with various stuffs to enjoy.

    Cons

    I wish Tucson's summer can be a little cooler.

    University of Arizona2014-01-26
  3. "Your experience will depend on your supervisor and team."

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -A lot of great, hard-working co-workers -It's nice to know you're helping students and some of them are very appreciative -Fabulous tuition discounts for any state university -Reasonable health benefits and wellness program -Easy access to campus goings-on

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy -Not a livable wage for support staff (though among the higher ones for Tucson) -Unreasonable expectations from those outside department -No raises

    University of Arizona2013-11-22
  4. "Not sure I want to continue this relationship...!"

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    Current Employee - Professor in Tucson, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. Tucson is a lovely, multicultural oasis in the middle of a spectacular desert. 2. Colleagues include people who love this climate and landscape. 3. The UA used to be a great place to work.

    Cons

    1. As is true elsewhere--and sadly--the UA has turned into a business. And not a very good one. 2. Raises are sporadic and arbitrary. 3. Some administrators who make grave mistakes are kept on, with no apparent repercussions.

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    University of Arizona2013-11-07
  5. "Great atmosphere for collaborative research in life sciences"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Arizona part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Boasts a list of highly achieved investigators who are willing to work together across disciplines for the success of their research projects. Great core facilities and other on-campus resources for grad students, postdocs and others.

    Cons

    Tucson is too hot in the summer. PhD programs say that they expect students to finish in five years but the actual average is more like 6.5 years.

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    University of Arizona2013-10-12
  6. "Great education withouth the need for a thermal coat!"

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

    I worked at University of Arizona part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is a diverse energetic university with plenty of resources that include the natural environment. In particular its programs in the sciences (biological, geological, astronomy, optics, medicine) and in the arts with the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture are top.

    Cons

    Do to the economy some departments have left. I'd like to see them return. The ones that left were a priced film department and journalism. Tucson had a thriving film industry, so that was hard to believe. I know journalism has taken a hit due to lack of readers.

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    University of Arizona2013-09-19
  7. "Can be a nice place, but strangely political."

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

    I worked at University of Arizona full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Casual environment, vibrant culture and area of town, good benefits. Only would recommend to a friend because Tucson has very few large employers.

    Cons

    Bizarre political dealings, lack of growth opportunities, and entire professional culture is geared towards soon-to-be retirees working their last job. Should be a great place to work, but it is not. Retains people long-term solely because of the lack of other good opportunities in Tucson otherwise there would be constant turnover.

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    University of Arizona2013-06-28
  8. "Research intern"

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    Former Intern - Research Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Arizona for less than a year

    Pros

    Really great environment to learn and work Beautiful working environment--the campus is very accessible to bikes and pedestrians; also the city of Tucson is very great place to live and work. Lots of diversity in student body and co-workers Great guidance in the department (Chemical and Environmental Engineering) Very good research opportunities, especially if you're interested in sustainability and biological remediation.

    Cons

    No food allowance--summer research internships sometimes include a food allowance for interns. University of Arizona did not elect to do this. It was a little inconvenient to trek the several miles to a grocery store without a car. On campus food was pricey

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    University of Arizona2013-03-26
  9. "Satisfactory stepping stone in one's career (perspective of a physics PhD)"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Associate in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Arizona full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some very good research. Nice campus. Beautiful location. Good comunity. Many very good advisers to work for (see caveat below). If graduate studies are funded, pay is reasonable compared to other graduate programs due to low cost of living in Tucson. Career services is active (see caveat below).

    Cons

    Fees are not fully waived. Many very bad advisers to work for, and there is very little protection to prevent graduate students entering "limbo", and never graduating. So you need to be proactive and make sure your adviser has your best interests in mind. Some sexual descrimination problems in some departments and research groups. Physics department doesn't provide much career assistance if you don't go academic route. (Other departments have much better industrial contacts, which you can take advantage of if you keep your eye out). UA career services is somewhat focused on undergraduate/masters (although they do provide some help for PhD's, they aren't their priority).

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    University of Arizona2013-02-27
  10. "Great place to study or to work!"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Arizona part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The weather, the people, and the level of scholarship! Cheap rents in Tucson, AZ The University of Arizona has great facilities and equipment. The great library

    Cons

    It is in Arizona It is in Tucson, Arizona The pay rates in Arizona are fairly low

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    University of Arizona2013-01-30

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