University of Virginia
3.9 of 5 181 reviews
www.virginia.edu Charlottesville, VA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan

Teresa Sullivan

(75 ratings)

84% 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
  • "Great place to live- not too small, not too big"
    in 10 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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    Interesting Work, but lacking hours

    Undergraduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to have regular meetings to discuss your vision for the tasks requested of employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsYou'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.

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at UVa

    Senior Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

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

    ConsOnce 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 Senior ManagementPull 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Your quality of life will depend on your PI

    Post Doctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsGreat town, for the most part friendly scientists.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet scientists do what they do best.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Reinforcing Mediocrity

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsOnce hired, never fired.
    Collegial
    Education benefit.

    Cons* Incentives for doing better are minimal -- the pay scale is banded and any raises or promotions you might get allow for only an incremental increase in money. So be warned: the salary at which you enter U.Va. will haunt you for the rest of your career at U.Va.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess meetings and bureaucracy would be nice but unrealistic since this is a state institution

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to enjoy the dynamic nature of the opportunities offered at UVA and the City of Charlottesville.

    Research Scientist (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsI enjoy working with the community of professionals surrounding the University. I also enjoy the cultures and natures around the city.

    ConsThis place is somewhat isolated from the rest of research community which limits in establishing collaboration and obtaining information.

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

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    Good place to be a graduate student

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    ProsI like having all the resources that are available to graduate students at UVa. The research that I conducted is well funded, and we are encouraged to obtain external funding as well.

    ConsSometimes the facilities that really need to be updated (such as research labs) are not. Instead money is dedicated to updating undergraduate student areas, that will make the buildings look great to potential students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOverall atmosphere of respect and dignity for all. Lots of funding for education and personal/professional development. Just a gorgeous place to be year round.

    ConsNot a lot of upward mobility opportunities unless you change jobs frequently.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you are doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat environment for doing work in

    Consnone that I can really think of

    Advice to Senior Managementgreat job

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    Lifeguard (Current Employee)
    Charlottesville, VA

    Proslaid back atmosphere, friendly management, flexible hours

    Conssnobby customers, lower pay, lack of parking

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore perks and recognition for job well done would go a long way. Although universities are facing shrinking budgets a slight raise everyone now and then would also go a long.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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