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- 5.020 Feb 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
well managed great culture great benefits lots of paid holidays fun coworkers free food 401k matching the management team and the good employees live and breathe UAT, and truly believe in the school's mission it's a high level, fast-moving work place - the only people who don't do well are the ones who don't WANT to do well (these are the ones you will find complaining about the management and the culture, but they're just lazy and upset they're being expected to work hard).
sometimes they serve mystery food in the cafe
- 5.026 Jul 2015Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearTempe, AZ
Great leadership! The leadership has the proper expertise and focuses on the people, which is hard to find in any institution especially higher ed. Usually in higher ed. the leadership is an academic with no management skills. The UAT leadership cares about the people and focuses on staff development and workplace happiness. The leadership team cares deeply about providing a great education and a unique community for the student body. UAT provides education and opportunities that are unmatched by any other workplace or school. The leadership team values the community and works hard to give back or get involved and encourages students and staff to do the same. If you like to learn, grow, work hard, but have fun then UAT is a great place to work! If you love technology, innovation, creativity, cutting edge resources, access to industry experts, then UAT is a great place to earn a degree. Not to mention that there or on-campus and online associate, bachelor and master degree options to fit the needs of even the busiest students. UAT provides great benefits to students and staff. There is an advisory board of industry experts who help to ensure that UAT curriculum prepares students to meet and exceed industry expectations. Alumni are welcome to audit courses for free- great way to stay competitive and up to date on technology and business. Alumni are welcome to use Career Services indefinitely. Campus living is easy. Parking is easy (so no overpaying for parking to find no spaces) Small campus so no long (hot) walks or bus rides to classes. No surprisingly high book costs each semester. Great dorm spaces! There are lots of student groups and organizations. UAT has local and national partnerships and contacts so there is plenty of opportunity to network with industry leaders. There are regular Career Fairs and Tech Forums. There is even an exchange program for study abroad options. UAT also hosts students from abroad only adding to the rich UAT culture As an employee I feel lucky for the chance to learn from the best leadership team and the brightest students.
The con is that I didn't find UAT sooner. UAT would have been my school of choice. The education is unmatched.
- 1.014 Aug 2021Career Services AdvisorFormer Employee, more than 1 year
None there is no work life balance, there’s no room for growth and you’re expected to do a lot while being understaffed and treated like garbage.
Managers look for their own self interests, the managers do not value their workers and that’s why everyone hates their job and people leave constantly.2
- 5.014 Aug 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
- There's an extensive amount of professional growth opportunities provided. Whether or not you choose to capitalize on these opportunities though, is up to you. - The collaborative team effort within and between departments is far better than any other I've experienced in a professional environment, and the people working at UAT are passionate about what they do. - Employees benefit from flexible schedules, terrific benefits and a strong emphasis on work-life balance. - You're able to expand beyond your position, gaining knowledge and experience in various areas. Again though, it's up to you whether or not you want to take advantage of these opportunities. - Given the opportunity, I enrolled in UAT's graduate program. Seeing the university from the role of a student has been an incredibly cool and reaffirming experience. - The technology is not only cutting edge but abundant and fully available for students to use anytime. - The small class sizes allow for focused attention and feedback from professors, along with amplified opportunities for students to gain hands-on, industry level experience.
As with any job, it is what you make it to be. There are plenty of opportunities to grow professionally if you take advantage of what's in front of you. I've worked in some pretty tough and draining environments with past jobs, so being at UAT has made me all the more appreciative for the culture and work environment I go into every day.
- 4.011 Dec 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 years
UAT is full of people with trust and great pride in one another. I started at UAT fairly young and was surprised with the amount of responsibility that was placed in me. UAT's management believes in its employees and hopes that they will be not let down. UAT has great benefits and a wonderful learning environment. UAT set me up for great success in my career and I will be eternally grateful for that.
If you're looking for a very corporate company, UAT is probably not the right fit for you. UAT is a very unique, relaxed, and happy place to work. Everyone gets along with each other and you're excited to go to work in the morning!1
- 5.05 Feb 2021ProfessorCurrent EmployeeTempe, AZ
Fantastic people and atmosphere. Fun, fast, friendly, and family are parts of UAT's values. Incredibly high ethical standards. Fantastic opportunities for students and employees to participate in community projects. The mission includes 'to educate students' which most universities do not include. At UAT the student is the priority and our courses are tailored to make them the best they can be. This dedication to the student shows in our industry-leading alumni.
You can't be uninvolved, slow, or rude. And you especially can't do anything that undermines a student or fellow worker.
- 1.09 Oct 2019Bindery OperatorFormer Employee, more than 1 yearTempe, AZ
Got to work with some cool people and earn some money while going to school.
The bindery position for me was an interesting time. To start I worked there for almost two years while getting my degrees. In that time I felt discriminated against based on the actions carried out. Still till this day never got an explanation as to why she was like this or an apology. However, it was hard to feel like it wasn’t because of my race. While I never like to play the race card I really have no other explanation for the things she did. Lets begin. Around being at the bindery for a year the bindery lead was graduating and her position would be available for another bindery worker to take. The leads got paid a dollar more and as a college student even that dollar counts (but funny looking back on it now that I’m graduated and salaried). The leadership over the bindery decided that even though I had been there the longest out of anyone there at the time that a new girl would take this position. Mind you I trained her for the position. Now I know just being at a job longer doesn’t qualify you to get promotions but thats what they decided. After five months the new bindery lead rather unfortunately passed away. While this time was sad I didn’t want to be the person that tries to immediately try to take someone that died position so I didn’t want to ask for the position directly. A new coworker at the time asked me around this time “Do you think you’ll get the position.” I told him no if anything you will because the bindery leadership doesn’t like me. A week later he had the position. I had been there a year and five months and passed over twice for new people that I both trained. Now to comments the leadership gave me As this is not all about getting passed up twice. I once opened the bindery up at 7a. Bindery leadership comes in and I asked if we were out of flash-drives. As we used to sell them to students and faculty. Immediately she rudely tells me. “Ugh I don’t know are we”. I had already looked around and didn’t see if we had stock and she had a special key to check other closets for inventory. None the less she pissed me off but I held my tongue and said nothing. On another day I was working on a weekend. A student that had just graduated came into the store and wanted to buy school merch because he was an online student and this was his first time visiting the school. If you’ve ever worked a cashier job before you would know that if someone needs change for bills sometimes its frowned upon to give the person a ton of change in quarters, nickels, etc. Well on this day we had almost no bills and I didn’t know whet to do. So I asked what should I do. Without saying a word she rushes over to the cash register like a maniac and starts slamming quarters, nickels, etc. onto the counter. The guy buying the merch even told her that she didn’t need to have an attitude and throw change. Real nice image of the school his first visit. After he leaves she tries to tell me that she wasn’t mad/upset, but she was just saving face even though she clearly did this in front of another person other than me that would agree about the unnecessary attitude. I didn’t believe her as I had interrupted her from unloading boxes and she hated my guts for whatever reason. She once even probed me with questions after telling her that I would not be able to come in the next day after getting my wisdom removed as some sort of way to give me a write up or fire me even though it was well within my right to call out and I gave ample notice. I know this had to be a way of trying to get me in trouble because of all my time working there I was never asked how I was doing (not that I needed them to ask) and yet all of a sudden an interest is taken in having my teeth pulled. Not suspicious at all. I took all of these issues to my bosses boss and laid it out for him in a meeting with another coworker. I detailed how she has never liked me for no apparent reason, passed other staff and I up for brand new employees that we trained. In this meeting he blew smoke up or rears and nothing ever came of the meeting other than him talking with his employee/friend and she now had to tread carefully as now I had made a formal complaint. Luckily he no longer works for the school. I then tried to apply for a student ambassador position at the school to get out of my situation. You apply by sending your email to the lady that manages HR for the school at the time. Thats when I get an email from my bosses boss that I had the meeting with that he “Heard a rumor I was thinking of leaving”. Clearly he had been talking with the HR lady because if he could read minds that would be an impressive thing to put on a resume. He was also good friends with his employee so I knew telling him would be a risk. But I knew from his email that he would be of no help and that I’d have to go to someone even higher. I then went to the provost of the school and told him this whole story along with print outs of the emails I had received. Long story short he also did absolutely nothing and just told me “We need to improve student and faculty relations”. All of this happened between 2013-15 and the leadership is still there till this day. When she should have just been let go because I was not the only one she was rude and disrespectful to.3
- 1.09 Jun 2018AnonymousFormer Employee, less than 1 yearTempe, AZ
You will be entertained by how poorly this place is run.
They will break any rule to keep a student. They are very desperate. The Pay is terrible, especially for a salaried position required to work over 9 hours. They interview you for a job and then offer you another job to keep your salary low. They force advisors to call students’ parents, even if they are 28 years old and tell them not to. They come up with ways to make employees look bad, when it’s their fault. They will fire anyone for anything. There is very high student services department turnover. They have tons of alcohol in their board room and try to drink their problems away, while on the clock. Manager meetings are all about talking bad about employees and who should be fired. No self-blame for poor management practices and lack of direction. They show no care for anyone on the floor. They to make up reasons for firing people. It’s really sick and twisted. I have never seen anything like it. They have no heart. They wanted to fire someone for mental health issues, but this person was doing an amazing job in their role. I was told I need to stop caring about my employees. People are fired for being “too nice”. They don’t have any training for new employees. You are expected to do good within the first 2 months or you are on the way out. They will tell you how much they love you, say you are doing good, give you no objectives or direction and then fire you out of nowhere. They will blame all their problems on you, even if you are new. They use people as scapegoats. They get angry if you spend too much time with a student. They are all about the numbers, will do whatever it takes to keep as many students as possible. They do unethical things to raise a student’s GPA. For example, change a student’s program but don’t apply all classes. They will go way past a deadline to add students to classes. They hand out incomplete's and extensions like candy, just so students can keep going and spending money. They will do anything to keep their own jobs and keep the heat off themselves. They wanted to offer one of my referrals a job but were worried that he would come in and take their job, because his resume looked too good. Everyone in management back-stabs and talks bad about each other. Their systems are old for a school that has 'Advancing Technology' in their title. Their processes are outdated. If you want to improve something, they get angry. They beg their employees to give positive reviews across social media sites, to drown out bad reviews. The food in the Café is low quality and terrible. Low and behold, if you disagree with any of the unethical and shady things they do, you are gone!6
- 4.011 Aug 2020Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearTempe, AZ
There are tons of great people who will support your goals and ambitions. Flexible environment and understanding managers.
Feels like administration loses sight of what is best for students. Administration makes decisions that sometimes don't seem to make sense if the goal is benefiting students and the educational environment.