James Madison University

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James Madison University Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
68 Reviews
3.9
68 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Beautiful campus in the Shenandoah Valley (in 7 reviews)

  • Organization promotes work-life balance (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Salaries a little low, I don't know what the minimum wage is in Virginia but they good possibly bump some hourly salaries up a bit (in 5 reviews)

  • Student employees start at minimum wage (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Experience helping campus community.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Handyman in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Handyman in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at James Madison University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Lots of responsibility. Independence highly rewarded. Decent pay for the work.

    Cons

    Managing the warehouse could be difficult at times because it is largely unsupervised and there are inherent dangers that come with operating forklifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring great people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Madison University

    Pros

    People are very friendly and easy to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes classes can be large

  3.  

    Great school

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Madison University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are very friendly in JMU. As a student / lab assistant, I love to work in this very supportive environment. From my observation, the professors in JMU are as warm as the students. It is normal to see professors and students bump in each other and have lunch together.

    Cons

    There is not that much to do in Harrisonburg if you are young adult and you like the big city life. Harrisonburg and the Valley offer a quiet, laid back, close to nature life. There are Skyline drive or Massanutten ski resort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work JMU!

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  5.  

    Great place to work - good culture, family

    Former Employee - Web Developer in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Madison culture is truly a great place to be - the student body has a wonderful and positive spirit.

    Cons

    Not a lot to do in Harrisonburg and didn't always agree with university policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency

    Recommends
  6.  

    A very good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Madison University

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly
    A lot of training to get you started

    Cons

    In the middle of nowhere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Student Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Madison University part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generally good work/life balance, easy to communicate with other staff, student-centered focus so they are there to help you develop professional skills. Not a bad place to work for as a student, just make sure you get to know your potential boss ahead of time. Initiative is rewarded or encouraged.

    Cons

    Bosses may be more oriented to university than professional world, more interpersonal than business focus in some cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep finding ways to improve.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice Place to Work - good culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor, Business in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Professor, Business in Harrisonburg, VA

    I have been working at James Madison University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well paid. Collegial environment

    Cons

    Growing; not sure when it will stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control the growth, especially during times of resource constraints.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at James Madison University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Possibility of growth, great sense of community, felt supported by upper management, DUKES

    Cons

    Compensation lacking a bit, but you're able to get by, limitations for part-time and student employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe some more dialogue between departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Experience with the JMU physics department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Harrisonburg, VA

    I worked at James Madison University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment and a very good support network. Whenever I had a question I had no shortage of people who were willing and able to help me.

    Cons

    I only had issues with filling out the same forms for multiple offices. There was a major lack of interoffice communication on campus. This is my only complaint

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Loved my experience at this institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at James Madison University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very friendly staff, student-centered, open to new opportunities and ideas, beautiful campus, city of Harrisonburg is growing with things to do / stores / etc.

    Cons

    Because staff members like it so much they never leave - making it very difficult to advance. Also, pay is not the highest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attend to find space in the budget to give raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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