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University of Virginia Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
208 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The majority of them are very competent scientists who enjoy better work life balance than you would expect at a top 10 school (in 7 reviews)

  • The University of Virginia is a great place to work as a s student employee (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Graduate students are often the last to be updated of important changes (in 13 reviews)

  • I think living in Charlottesville, as a young adult, can be a bit difficult, given the college-town atmosphere (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great for researchers

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    Current Employee - Research Instructor in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Research Instructor in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    Medical school has excellent core facilities for researchers and many resources for internal funding opportunities. Research community is collegial, collaborative and very hands-on (a big plus for grad students and post docs). Charlottesville is a wonderful town to live, work and raise a family in. The benefits are absolutely top-notch, everything from FSA, HSA, 10 days of backup care when your kids are sick, medical that you can choose (high vs low premium) and as a hospital, top notch in-network docs.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to get promoted (especially if you are non-tenure). The process is long and convoluted, requiring the appointee to actually re-apply for their position with a different title and salary. The process can take months and months of wrangling with HR and is a huge reason why retention of talent is pretty poor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    Small university, good collaboration across departments

    Cons

    Limited options among professors and groups

  3.  

    A great, small summer city to be in.

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at University of Virginia as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They really embody a great lifestyle and are always striving to make the whole place the best it can be. The surrounding city is beautiful and the wine country is rapidly developing.

    Cons

    The job can get bureaucratic at times but otherwise nothing too negative. When the students come back it's hard to find a place to have fun without newly-turned 21 year olds being everywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    nice place to work.. great for graduate students

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at University of Virginia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great community.. collaborative. lots of departments to work in.

    Cons

    a bit relaxed in general. not ideal to pay in the big league

  6.  

    Working at UVa

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at University of Virginia part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The University of Virginia is a great place to work as a s student employee. Students have many opportunities to get involved within the University in a way that is productive for their personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    I was very happy working for the University of Virginia. It is difficult to move up I suppose but I was working as a student with no intention to permanently work for the University.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Fantastic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Virginia

    Pros

    I was a student here while I worked in the library and it mt boss gave me plenty of flexibility to move my schedule around if I had exams or important work.

    Cons

    Absolutely no cons of the top of my head

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the people who put in the years for you and reward them

  8.  

    Wahoowa

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

    I have been working at University of Virginia part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good collegiate energy that allows for flexibility and fun, new challenges. Additionally, for student-academic employees, you have access to university facilities, events, etc.

    Cons

    I think living in Charlottesville, as a young adult, can be a bit difficult, given the college-town atmosphere. D.C. isn't far away, but not close enough to where one can have a more 'real-world' environment regularly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    Great research environment and facilities. Smart, enthusiastic, and professional colleagues. This is a research-oriented university where you can always learn new knowledge and technologies.

    Cons

    Sometimes the weather can be nasty. Blackouts during thunder storms. On-campus parking is expensive. But I guess this is typical in the east coast.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good learning enviroment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlottesville, VA

    I have been working at University of Virginia full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good campus and nice people

    Cons

    Not many biotech companies around.

  11.  

    PhD Student at University of Virginia, a caring environment for driven people!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Charlottesville, VA

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

    Pros

    First, UVA is an excellent school and the program for which I work BIMS (M.I.C.) is offers a competitive environment in which I can openly share ideas and get feedback about my projects. The University as a whole values collaboration and my mentor instills a sense of wonder about the world around me. It's such a great learning environment. The compensation is competitive with other graduate school biomedical science program stipends as well.

    Cons

    It is almost expected that students continue on the "academia" route for science as opposed to industry, government or other consulting type positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management at the hospital really cares about all of the School of Medicine Employees and I think everyone really values that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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