James Madison University Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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James Madison University President Jonathan R. Alger
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus, nice little city (in 7 reviews)

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

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

  • Parking is rough among the entire campus, but especially for student employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. I enjoyed working as a writing tutor.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Writing Tutor in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Writing Tutor in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This job offers a lot of freedom. You can design your own projects to work on. You can also choose to work on the projects of others. It's a great opportunity for students.

    Cons

    Training is a bit lacking. You'll be trained on how to tutor, but you're left on your own when it comes to knowing the content.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of training materials that aren't aimed at tutors. Learning about grammar and mechanics is just as useful, especially since many tutors are lacking in that area.


  2. UREC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place, great employee culture, comprehensive paid training Best decision I made in college

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  3. Convenient while in school

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    Former Employee - Professor's Assistant in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Professor's Assistant in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was paid well and it was convenient while in school. I could pick my own hours and had a very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Nothing really. I enjoyed working here and would definitely recommend it to current or prospective students

    Advice to Management

    I personally enjoyed the decentralized structure, so I'd suggest that they keep it up


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  5. Good Enough

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at James Madison University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good place to start, plenty of holidays, benefits, etc.

    Cons

    It's easy to get stuck here.


  6. JMU-Office of Residence Life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Office of Residence Life is a great department to work for and overall are very supportive.

    Cons

    There is little room for advancement.


  7. Excellent Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worked at JMU after attending college there - great training, hands on in department, given opportunities to expand my skills, and co-workers were always friendly and helpful. JMU provides employees a lot of opportunities outside of their job requirements, like volunteering, workshops and other learning activities.

    Cons

    Some upper level management can be petty - but it seems they are overworked or stressed. However, they were never unfair in the long run.


  8. Alumni Association Graphic Designer

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Harrisonburg, VA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a student, you never know when your schedule will get crazy, but I always had the flexibility to make my own hours and get the work done in a way that fit me. I learned a lot, got to create interesting work, and always got along with colleagues while working as a designer for the Alumni Association.

    Cons

    If too much school spirit counts as a con then I guess you could say they were the worst offenders. The pay was only minimum wage, and could have been better, but also wasn't totally unexpected while working as a student.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to hire and support your great students and you are sure to get the most out of them.


  9. Student employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at James Madison University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, friendly workers and great boss

    Cons

    A little too lax at times. Made me too comfortable with not finishing work on time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being approachable and friendly, but also set a certain standard that would motivate me to do work.


  10. Student Office Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Valuable work experience, great environment

    Cons

    None-great work for a student

    Advice to Management

    None-I had an amazing supervisor


  11. Student Manager

    Current Employee - Office Intern in Harrisonburg, VA
    Current Employee - Office Intern in Harrisonburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at James Madison University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome working relationships and understanding supervisors

    Cons

    Not really many cons, except they focus too many resources on the football team.

    Advice to Management

    None



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