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University of Central Arkansas Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • The beautiful campus was well maintained and provided a lovely backdrop (in 5 reviews)

  • Learned a lot about troubleshooting computers and gives me need experience before I graduate (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Hard to balance with school, part-time jobs, community service, campus involvement, and leadership roles (in 2 reviews)

  • Was treated as "less than" by some faculty (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Working for UCA is the best decision I've ever made!!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The University has some of the best staff in the country. The atmosphere overall is very conducive to learning, and it is really exiciting to see the students eager to learn. The deans and administrators are very supportive, the campus is beautiful and the student enrollment increases every year.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working for The University of Central Arkansas are the fact that it is in Conway and not as close to Little Rock, as one would like. That being said because it is a bit of a distance away from Little Rock, the crime rate is lower.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Friendly peers, bureaucratic upper management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers
    Attractive campus
    Great community
    Supportive peers
    Flexible work schedule
    Many people in the staff have been working there for years

    Cons

    The pay is not the best, and raises are slow and small (but that's a government issue)
    Not many great opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Improve the communication channels between the higher management and lower management. If not, then cut some off the levels in the middle to flatten the organizational structure.

  3. "Excellent"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people working there care about all facets of the university. All departments work together to complete tasks and enjoy what they are doing.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides of working at the University of Central Arkansas would include: funds are not very plentiful and some workers are older and not trying to advance in their field.


  4. "Football Coach"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Football Coach in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Football Coach in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Work Schedule was great in terms of time off.

    Cons

    There were none for me.

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Central Arkansas full-time

    Pros

    It's a state job so you get a good 401k, 8 hours of vacation and sick time per month when starting. Great environment: overall local community of Conway Arkansas is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Salaries tend to stay at entry level for a very long time, advancement only happens if you move from job to job by applying for new positions. It is very rare to advance in your own department without years and years of dedicated service. Faculty positions are very much the same with slow advancement in pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on top of cola raises and start doing more merit raises as well as one time bonuses.


  6. "Working at the Student Center felt like being part of a family."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Computer Support Specialist in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was given the freedom to use my own ideas to solve tasks.
    Everyone works together to accomplish tasks.
    Leadership truly cares about their employees.
    Hours are flexible to accommodate studies.

    Cons

    Chic-Fil-A and Pizza Hut are downstairs (Student Center), which makes eating healthy difficult. This could also be seen as a Pro.

    Advice to Management

    The Student Center is doing things right. When I move on to work somewhere else, I will always remember this job fondly. Keep on this track and I feel that anyone to work here will feel the same. Thank you!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Working as a GA at UCA"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - UCA Counseling Center in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - UCA Counseling Center in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been working as an intern at the UCA Counseling Center for the past 3 months. It's a spectacular learning environment with the most talented staff and mentors I could possibly imagine.

    Cons

    While this is a paid internship, it is a very LOW paying internship. Despite the wage being so low, it's still the best experience to complete my education.

  8. "Great Research Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Central Arkansas part-time

    Pros

    Reasonable hours
    Work on exciting projects
    Meet Similarly minded people

    Research looked impressive on resume and got me into graduate school

    Cons

    There are not a lot of down sides to working here. It sucks taking classes simultaneously but the pay is fair.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. It works and it gets students places. Remove Gen Eds to allow students to more of what they love


  9. "Student Worker"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Conway, AR
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoyed working as a student worker at UCA. Keep in mind, though, that this was a federal work study position. This job allowed me to work during school and was never too much stress. The people I worked with are wonderful and I still keep in touch with them today.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. "Chair"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conway, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conway, AR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large opportunities with a small town feel.

    Cons

    Area still experiencing economic growth.


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