Old Dominion University
3.8 of 5 62 reviews
www.odu.edu Norfolk, VA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Old Dominion University Reviews in Norfolk, VA

Updated Jun 28, 2014
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3.9 44 reviews

                             

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Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick

John R. Broderick

(22 ratings)

83% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good support for part-time work

    Adjunct Instructor (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsThe campus has a lot happening - There's always a talk, workshop, exhibit, sporting events, etc. to attend. I enjoyed working with students from a variety of backgrounds, including international students, non-traditional aged students, veterans, and more. I had support in my department and was allowed flexibility with the classes I taught.

    ConsAs with most IHEs - an increasing overuse of part-time/contingent faculty. My direct supervisor was sympathetic to this situation, but there's little he could do in terms of creating and approving more positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more full-time teaching positions. More invested faculty are better for students. People who teach at multiple institutions or in addition to one or more part-time jobs can't be expected to have the same level of devotion as full-time faculty.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Work Environment

    Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsReasonable Management, able to take class while working, campus environment is not bad at all. Benefit is also pretty nice.

    ConsAs a school, it is not as "fast" as some companies, while it is maybe easier to work with. But sometime when you are trying to get some done you had to wait forever for others to response.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsGreat pay compared to other departments at the university.
    Great work environment for the graduate students.
    Great faculty and staff.

    ConsSupport for graduate student health insurance would be valuable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate the great work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fellow co-workers were friendly. Supervisors were respectful and caring.

    Housekeeper (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsEveryone was easy to get along with.

    ConsIt could be a bit disorganized at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little better communication would go along way for improving organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people & lots of different opportunities at ODU

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsDiverse work force, many different part time and full time opportunities at ODU

    ConsIt is pretty much impossible to move up unless someone above you leaves. No raises for staff or admin for 5+ years. No raise again this year. Lots of employees get jobs and then change departments to get more pay or a better situation. Upper management is not in touch with those on the front line serving students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWay too much upper management in this school. Get rid of some of the upper management and hire more admin faculty and classified staff to help students. Pretty much all of the departments are short staffed and overworked. Need more personnel to better serve students & alumni.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun

    Sound Assistant (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsWorked in the music department where I learned a lot.

    ConsDid not receive a good amount of hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be great!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best Experience

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsBest Advisor, good life and work, good money as a student

    ConsI don't find any cons.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy advisor Dr. Mukkamala is doing a good job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad place for obtaining a graduate degree

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsNice area to live, some excellent faculty members, lots to do in the surrounding cities, growing as a research intensive institution

    ConsAdministration can be slow and there are few funding opportunities for grad students. Some of the buildings are really old but ODU has been slowly upgrading them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep bringing in new faculty who will in turn bring in grants which will help the university's long term research goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Graduate Research assistant - worked independently, it was nice

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    Prosindependent work that focused on my research
    bi-weekly pay checks allowed for the occasional 'month of glory'
    University covered tuition as well

    ConsPaperwork must be routed each semester, takes about a month to process. Plan ahead or you won't get paid your first month of the semester.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStream line the paperwork, awards are usually for a full year, there is no reason to spend a solid day routing paperwork.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor experience in every way

    Research Assistant (Former Employee)
    Norfolk, VA

    ProsResearch opportunities, good associates and friends, nice campus. Friendly environment, for the most part (see cons). Compensation is alright (see cons).

    ConsVery poor management, training was not provided whatsoever. It was a situation in which they would tell you to do something and then just let you go. Then they would get upset if it wasn't done in the way they wanted, the way they wanted never being spoken aloud by either party. Childish behavior on the part of many of the professors in the lab environments (the biology labs especially). They give you the runaround for paperwork, departments, or people that may not even exist for inane tasks that have nothing to do with anything. Compensation is poor for what is expected. At least in the research sector. They will offer you a certain salary and then renege on paying it depending on whether things go their way or not.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow up. Figure out what you guys want to do and do it. If you are going to have new people in labs, train them. Don't just tell them to do something they don't know how to do, leave them to it, and then get upset when it gets done incorrectly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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