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University of Virginia Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
187 Reviews

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187 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to live- not too small, not too big (in 11 reviews)

  • The majority of them are very competent scientists who enjoy better work life balance than you would expect at a top 10 school (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Most faculty, particularly the ones in charge, treat graduate students like children (in 12 reviews)

  • Living in Charlottesville is VERY expensive, but this can be relieved by subletting into apartments or houses (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work as work as continued education

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

    Pros

    Diversity in work place and always supportive environment

    Cons

    Great learning opportunity and good benifit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    place to grow continually

  2.  

    Ph.D

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    Very multidisciplinary and good campus

    Cons

    more presentations needed from other backgrounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great opportunity to meet and work with education researchers.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    The chance to interact with researchers to learn and use cutting edge education research to help teachers solve classroom problems was professionally both stimulating and satisfying.

    Cons

    While some supervisors can be supportive, others can be insensitive or neglectful. The salary was on the low side and hard to live on with a family. The benefits, however, were excellent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on increasing salaries and management training for supervisors.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    RA at UVA

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    Former Employee - Resident Advisor  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Resident Advisor in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    The Reslife program provides great training and tremendous support to their staff. RA's have a lot of resources at their disposal and the opportunity to influence the lives of many students.

    Cons

    The program has been going through some changes in the last few years and a lot of things became more tedious than they needed to be. New rules seemed to be implemented for the entire program, despite the fact that they only made sense in a few areas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The good, The bad, and The ugly

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

    Pros

    The benefits here with the university are outstanding. The vacation time is advanced to you at the beginning of the year and overall they at least present a caring appearance for the employees.

    Cons

    The parking here is pathetic, there is an us vs them concept at times between the academic and health sides as well as within three primary employers on the health side. It can be confusing and confrontational at times. Advancement is not popular.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more advancement encouragement and true growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting Work, but lacking hours

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Pros

    The work is interesting
    The people are very nice, helpful, and personable
    The hourly pay is good

    Cons

    Lack of clear instruction on what needs to be done
    Scope of project may not be as large as expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have regular meetings to discuss your vision for the tasks requested of employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Driver

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    Former Employee - Driver  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Driver in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    *flexiblity
    *good job for students to undertake in their free time
    *good training opportunities
    *work as much as you want

    Cons

    *Low pay
    *Have to deal with unruly passengers more frequently than not
    *Driving can be a little boring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to pay a little bit more. This would help attract students to the job. I liked the work life balance opportunities. Full-time positions are not very desirable with this employer as the city tends to pay a significant amount more. Perhaps you could train new drivers a little bit more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    A great work environment, and a great town to live in.

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

    Pros

    You'll never run out of opportunities at UVA. Being surrounded by some of the smartest students and most accomplished professors in the country doesn't hurt either. Charlottesville is a great place to live, and it offers a respectable cultural and historical scene as well as a night life above what you'd expect from a town its size.

    Cons

    The combination of effects from internal and state government politics can get very close to home. While some departments are outstanding, many others don't live up to the reputation of the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Your quality of life will depend on your PI

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    Great town, for the most part friendly scientists.

    Cons

    Money is on the low side, basic science is under-recognized. Too much power in the hands of the medical side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let scientists do what they do best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at UVa

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Charlottesville, VA

    Pros

    Good stable work environment, Charlottesville is a fantastic city with little traffic and epicureans dilemma with all the great restaurants in town. Great active town.

    Cons

    Once you get a position here it is hard to move up and promotions are rarely heard of. Learn how to negotiate before coming here and get the highest salary you can start with, it won't change for years......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out of your silos and look around. There is so much duplication of equipment and effort here. Leave your egos at home and truly collaborate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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