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University of Virginia Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
194 Reviews
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194 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)

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


Cons
  • Graduate students are often the last to be updated of important changes (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.  

    Good place to research for grad school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    Great environment, good people, love it when the students are not in town

    Cons

    Can be incredibly hard to commute to
    Sometimes bureaucracy slows things down, but what Job doesn't have this?

  2.  

    Honor and trust are not only key foundations for the University's students, but for its employees as well.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Virginia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great work-life balance; social and friendly setting; leadership opportunities.

    Cons

    chaos runs at any university in terms of donations and press.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work -- depending on whoever runs it

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

    I worked at University of Virginia part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyable work environment, quiet. Usually a lot of things to work around like collecting documents and such. Otherwise a very quiet time. Not too bad.

    Cons

    Maybe too quiet. Depending on the time of year and the number of clients you could just be sitting there listening to music for a couple of hours when you're working in the lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Management was great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Intense but funny part-time experience

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    Former Employee - Digitization Service Assistant  in  Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Digitization Service Assistant in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at University of Virginia part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You will have the chance to touch tons of rare materials which alway make the tedious scanning process funny. Staffs are very friendly, and the working environment is fairly fantastic.

    Cons

    You have to work at least 10 hours a week as a student, which is a very large amount of time. Also, you cannot do anything else than working in the office because personal staffs are prohibited. Even though the hour salaries are higher than other on campus jobs, it is a very heavy workload.

    Recommends
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    Grad Student Experience in UVA's Engineering School

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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    UVA's engineering graduate school experience is a good one. It is a small community that knows each other fairly well. The small size making getting help and sharing ideas very easy. There is not much hierarchy and the faculty and staff are usually friendly.

    Cons

    The mentors are professors who can vary tremendously depending on who you work under. Some professors are great bosses and encourage independent thinking. They are more than happy to give credit to their students and it works well for your overall growth. My experience was exactly that. However, some professors are known to be miserly when it comes to spending money. They also like to use their students as just a pair of hands to get more papers out. The other big con of this job would obviously be the salary. However that is true for most grad schools and you just have to suck it up till you graduate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Donate more money to the departments. Especially Engineering. They could use more money and make everyones' lives easier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    this is a pretty great school. laid back environment. great people. not all about work work work all the time... though one can pursue that course if one wants.

    Cons

    not a lot of money for GAs and TAs. Course work can be too much sometimes even though the profs expect you to spend no time at all on courses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ph.D

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

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

    Pros

    Very multidisciplinary and good campus

    Cons

    more presentations needed from other backgrounds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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

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

    Pros

    Diversity in work place and always supportive environment

    Cons

    Great learning opportunity and good benifit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    place to grow continually

  10.  

    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

    I worked at University of Virginia full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  11. 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

    I have been working at University of Virginia full-time

    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

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