University of Virginia
3.9 of 5 165 reviews
www.virginia.edu Charlottesville, VA 5000+ Employees

University of Virginia Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014

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University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan

Teresa Sullivan

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 6 reviews
  • "The University of Virginia is a great place to work"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Most faculty, particularly the ones in charge, treat graduate students like children"
    in 8 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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A nice and inspiring research based university

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

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

ProsHelpful professores, department culture in Chemical Engineering, Good communication in developing interpersonal skills.

ConsLacking of professors, not enough instruction and guidance in job searching for graduate student

Advice to Senior ManagementMore instruction and help on job searching.

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

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Excellent employer with great benefits.

PhD Student (Current Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

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

ProsThe university feels like a family. It's a very supportive environment. People really look out for each other. It is intellectually curious and open. The values of this university are strong, but they are also the values that tend to support collaborative learning. The university's academic departments have a surprising amount of mutual respect. It is not uncommon for a phd student to take doctoral-level coursework in another department and (in general) the university is very supportive of it. Also, the undergraduates tend to be smart and hard-working, which makes teaching and TA'ing much more rewarding.

ConsCharlottesville is a smaller community. Not a small town, but not a city either. That is a negative depending on a person's preferences. It can also be a positive. T

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing.

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

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A great institution with many benefits

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

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

ProsUVa boasts many benefits for its staff. You are given a great health care package through it's medical school, the benefits matching is superb, you are given many vacation days from the onset, and the retirement matching is superb. The town is a great place to live in and the ability to attend events at University-partnered venues at a discount makes every day exciting!

ConsOne of the challenges of living in Charlottesville is learning to deal with the undergraduate culture. It is a smallish college town so sometimes it feels like you are living in a college bubble. In addition, it may be difficult to be promoted as many of the staff have been working their for a long time.

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

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Great experience with lots of support.

Undergraduate Research Assistance (Former Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

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

ProsThere was a lot of mentorship and guidance. I really enjoyed working with my peers and mentors. They always provided an great intellectual and friendly work environment.

ConsNo cons to report. My overall experience working at UVA was wonderful and I would recommend this place to a friend.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Study in UVA

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I worked at University of Virginia

ProsGood reputation, study challenge, nice staff

ConsLack of funding of graduate student, you need to struggle for your tuition fee sometime.

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I enjoy the dynamic nature of the opportunities offered at UVa.

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

ProsI enjoy the community of professionals that I am able to network with on a regular basis. I love the training and advancement opportunities offered throughout one's entire career.

ConsMany are working to bridge the gap of a decentralized organization, which in past years has not helped to form a cohesive community. The new strategic plan should also help.

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It is a great place to work.

Research Associate (Former Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

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

Pros1. Friendly and safe work environment
2. Excellent research facility and career development opportunities
3. Great location
4. Collaborative work culture
5. Promotes and values diversity

ConsBeing a not for profit educational institution, salary is relatively lower compared to equivalent jobs in industry. However, being an academic institution there are many other benefits and campus activities to enjoy.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the momentum up.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great opportunity for College students

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Virginia

ProsI had a great time working at the Eye Clinic. The environment was welcoming and supportive. There is flexibility for student employees to work between classes and make up hours during exam season.

ConsThe work is pretty much clerical, so if you want more patient interaction, this isn't going to cut it. Slow promotion, if any.

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Excellent

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

I worked at University of Virginia full-time for more than 5 years

ProsInspiring Professors. Hard-working and Intelligent Colleagues. Cutting-edge Research Infrastructure. Excellent Campus-wide Health and Wellbeing Services. Nice Location.

ConsWork hours could be long.

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Great experience in UVA

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Charlottesville, VA

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

ProsGreat academic environment, smart colleagues, helpful professors.

ConsThe management of the research labs could be better, making things run more efficiently.

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