James Madison University

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James Madison University Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
65 Reviews
3.9
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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 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!

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Student Employee

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Treats Student Employees Well

    • 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 part-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working for James Madison University. They were flexible, which as a student is so important.

    Cons

    No cons, really. Maybe more benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is great. No further advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wouldn't wish a job here on my enemies

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at James Madison University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    James Madison University has a Beautiful campus, its nestled in a nice small town, the state benefits are decent and the given time off per year is great.

    Cons

    I've noticed in my time here that within the last 6 years or so this establishment has completely went upside down for the worse. This place definitely runs on a Buddy System. You get places within by knowing people and or brown nosing the right people. If you step on the wrong toes or get on someones bad side you will never advance here. Bullying is very evendent. Its a shame that this goes on because JMU is full of wonderful people and has great opportunities. The common sense factor is loooong gone and ethics are nonexistent in most upper positions. Management positions are simply figure heads that have no idea about anything in the shops they manage and they are told what to do by their puppet masters above them. Its evident that when hiring these positions they want a "yes man" employee. If you are good at your job you will be held back from moving up/around and if you are not doing good then they will press you out in some way, shape or form. I've seen this happen to more than a few people and it's not right. Don't work here on any level is my opinion. Its not worth it. Lastly, HR is pointless. They are suppose to stop this lack of ethics and stand up for the workers which they don't do. They too are told what to do by these bullies. That's why HR positions are always open or shortly filled here. Its a revolving door for them. They get sick of not being able to do their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow some and stand up for yourselves and your people. Be heard and stop being puppets. Stop the bullying. Take some of that management money and buy yourselves a few ethics classes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Toxic work environment, nonexistent leadership. Only downside to my being forced out is no income for a while.

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

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers who were knowledgeable. Beautiful campus, nice little city. The workers who weren't in the "in" crowd were the most genuine and caring and, therefore, the most pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Narcissistic leaders bring in buddies, bully those they don't like, and take all credit for themselves. Changes are made to satisfy an agenda, not to further the work of the division. Underlings slink around and speak in whispers, looking furtively over their shoulder lest they be overheard. This is no way to work. A few who had the courage to stand up to the bullies were mysteriously gone not long after. HR is complicit in the bullying atmosphere, sitting silently in a meeting while employees are harangued and told "if you don't like it, there's the door" while being shown a picture of the door. Who wants to work for such an ogre?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring brown nosers who have no idea what they are doing. Stop sexism and ageism in hiring and promotion. Stop bullying and harassing your workers. Actually support employees, rather than creating a toxic atmosphere. Remember that you don't lead from behind, you lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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