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Radford University Reviews in Blacksburg, VA

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
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    student

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    Former Employee - Student in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - Student in Radford, VA

    I worked at Radford University

    Pros

    great place to live and work

    Cons

    great place but wish there was more to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow and seek new opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Adjunct Faculty

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    Former Contractor - Adjunct Facality in Radford, VA
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Facality in Radford, VA

    I worked at Radford University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Personal growth opportunity, free parking and book access, excellent classroom visual equipment which included touch screen monitors in the labs, touch projection screen with laptop and desktop connection for class presentation, D2L system is great and makes grading, collecting and commenting on homework, assignments, exercises and projects easy and relatively painless.

    Cons

    As an adjunct I wasn't included in much of the 'faculty' planning, meetings or group activities. The student D2L online capacity for storing files is small; the most common complaint about saving files are related to lack of capacity, which then leads to excuses for incomplete and lost files due to incomplete uploading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve adjuncts too. It would be nice to feel there is potential, instead of just being a temporary fill-in to plug an empty spot.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Student Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Student Research Assistant in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Student Research Assistant in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Radford University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with awesome Professors. Gain great experience.

    Cons

    Not really sure what to add here, this is a great position to have as a student.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great gig for students

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in Radford, VA

    I worked at Radford University part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of Autonomy. Had time to get homework done. Great pay for the area.

    Cons

    Nothing was wrong with the job. Great pay, flexible schedule

    Recommends
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    Depends on your department

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * medical benefits, tuition waiver (if your supervisor supports it), state benefits
    * some people are great, small university that is growing
    * current boss is a people person, enjoys working with others, tells you what needs to be done and the date due, the type that others should eliminate
    * beautiful campus, small enough you can walk across it without having to drive everywhere

    Cons

    * limited budget, low starting salary for administrative and support staff
    * new hires cannot file a grievance even if warranted
    * my first boss was terrible, controlling, manipulative and anti-social

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have moved into a position that I am supported by manager. When I started two years ago I worked for a Department where the chair thought I was her personal assistant and really abused me. Lots of unpaid overtime, etc. I felt I had to do this in order to keep my job. HR made her give me comp time but it's hour per hour ... not 1- 1/2 hours per hour comp.

    My advise is this: require mandatory training for Department Chairs when hired in if they have no managerial experience. Address things like supervisory training, disabilities act, how to write a job description, etc and especially budget management, and purchasing guidelines. It is terrible experience to have a supervisor upset with you when you are quoting purchasing guidelines ... but all they understand is "I want this and you're going order it ... period" than you quote that it's something that has to go through an approval process and will not be ordered by said date. Please make them attend training to make them follow fair labor law practices, etc. That way the admin and support personnel are not stuck in the hot seat of denying them something.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good school with great management and employees.

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    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Radford, VA

    I worked at Radford University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Team oriented,leadership, office culture,

    Cons

    Underpaid, hours, opportunities for advancement,

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    Grading Grading Grading....

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Radford University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good tuition benefits and guidance from professors

    Cons

    A lot of working overtime

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Easy Work-Study

    Former Contractor - Work-Study in Radford, VA
    Former Contractor - Work-Study in Radford, VA

    I worked at Radford University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy job
    Great boss
    Laid Back office

    Cons

    Minimum Wage
    Lack of leadership
    no room for promotion

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    Growth Experience

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    Former Intern - MBA Assistant in Radford, VA
    Former Intern - MBA Assistant in Radford, VA

    I worked at Radford University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    The company culture is changing. People actually were invested in helping me grow within my job. People are friendly and caring. It was nice to work with experienced staff.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement were often political and departments seemed to be more like cliques. Also just filing paper work seems to be a hassle, you shouldn't have to meet with 6 different people to get approved for an event.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    It was a wonderful position for being a full time graduate student.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Radford University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My boss was very flexible and I was able to use my skills regularly.

    Cons

    You must be a full time graduate student to be considered for hire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The orientation meeting could be more involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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