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Longwood University Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
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    Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Longwood University part-time

    Pros

    friendly atmosphere, flexible schedules, good management

    Cons

    not much prior training, minimum wage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Not bad

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Farmville, VA
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Farmville, VA

    I worked at Longwood University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved my boss and helping the students

    Cons

    Little to no hours with only minimum wage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Lecturer positions a bit inbred

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    Former Employee - English Lecturer in Farmville, VA
    Former Employee - English Lecturer in Farmville, VA

    I worked at Longwood University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I love that this is a small university focused on students over faculty publications. The school as a whole does a wonderful job fostering a sense of true community.

    Cons

    I was surprised by the lack of department camaraderie. With a few standout exceptions, faculty were willing to throw each other under the bus privately and publicly. In addition, support for incoming faculty to the department were provided only limited ramp up before being shuttle to a separate building and being left alone. I searched out input and conversations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You would do well to look outside recent grads of their own university for lecturers. Get some outside input on the departments. Encourage your department heads to foster a sense of community for new faculty.

    Recommends
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    Loved my department but don't care for the direction the University is going in as a whole.

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    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Farmville, VA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in Farmville, VA

    I have been working at Longwood University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good (state benefits). University also provides some great benefits as well -- tuition assistance for employee and family, individual/family rec facility membership (has to be paid, but facilities are nice), library membership (with lots of e-resource access subscriptions, DVDs, etc.). I loved my department as well -- coworkers were good people, and Departmental/Unit management was awesome.

    Cons

    Per-position pay greatly lags behind that of peer institutions. Generally, state pay lags behind private industry anyways, so you're getting a "double-whammy" here.

    Parking fees are extracted on a percentage-of-paycheck basis (i.e. everyone is charged the same flat percentage for parking, regardless of salary).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Worth It!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Longwood University

    Pros

    State Benefits, Vehicle Fleet, IT Support

    Cons

    State Policies, Timeframes, Non-Collaborative Environment

  7.  

    Community feel

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    Former Employee - Communications in Farmville, VA
    Former Employee - Communications in Farmville, VA

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

    Pros

    There is a community feel here. My particular superior was flexible with my work schedule, and it was a good stepping stone to a different/better job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Seem to be invested in employee educational opportunities. Unfortunately, there is no room for advancement or growth within. Sometimes the very small town can be a drawback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More marketing to raise enrollment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    It was the best experience. Met great people and

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Longwood University

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, excellent professors and staff
    Growing University
    Helpful professor-willing to work individually with students
    smaller classes (pro b/c you will get more attention/help if needed)

    Cons

    Small town, not as much to do in Farmville, VA

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    Longwood University Salaries

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    Current Employee - Department Director in Farmville, VA
    Current Employee - Department Director in Farmville, VA

    I have been working at Longwood University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work... Very friendly warm environment.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower that other state institutions in Virginia.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Negotiate your salary at the beginning. It's hard to get people to move to Farmville, so they know they might have to pay more for qualified people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Typical state affiliated mid-size university

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmville, VA

    I worked at Longwood University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good colleagues who understand the importance of higher education is the greatest strength. For the most part, they work together effectively. That, of course, doesn't make faculty meetings fun or interesting.

    Cons

    Con is a good word. Some administrators try, too often, to con the faculty instead of leveling with them. The Commonwealth of Virginia (that is, the politicians) try to con everyone by demanding more for less from state colleges and universities, then complaining and blaming others when tuition goes up. Their pandering and hypocrisy is the largest negative about working for a state affiliated university. The only reason faculty turnover isn't greater is too many other states treat their colleges and universities the same way. The ones that don't can skim the cream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, the new president, who arrived with much promise as I was leaving, is seriously ill and has resigned. My advice is to find another who is as good as he never had a chance to be.

    I won't bother advising the politicians in Richmond to stop being pandering hypocrites.

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