Typically, not a bad place to work
Space Management Analyst (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – March 4, 2016
AU is great place to work if you land in the right department. Big on benefits, annual salary increases, very open to flexible work schedules and is environmentally engaged, one might just consider AU to be the perfect job nexus.
Human Resources values the staff and invests greatly in making available opportunities to improve one's professional skills and general learning. It employs training and development coursework to help one evolve to the best professional one can be. HR employs performance based software (PMP) on the intranet to monitor personal progress over several performance metrics, which under some job titles can be somewhat ambiguous for some jobs, as there may be little room to improve. The process includes mandatory performance reviews by the management teams.
The unfortunate hook in this process is the management teams, which, depending what department one is hired, may or may be "on board" with the entire university program. The management culture is based on nine fiefdoms that all too often are not inclined to work in an circumspect manner, in sharp contrast to the university's stated program. This structure, in my experience, is too inclined to look the other way, e.g, if the head of your division doesn't care about training, only a few select individuals receive training. That being said, I suppose every university has its own management challenges to contend with, and AU can be an exceptional experience for the right candidate.
Benefits, competitive compensation, opportunity for annual salary increases.
Management can often be insular and short sighted.