University of Virginia Reviews

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  • 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. I am a graduate student in the microbiology, immunology and cancer biology department.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a graduate student, this is a great place to do a PhD. Top reasons in no particular order are 1) Quality of research/faculty 2) Abundance of things to do in Charlottesvile 3) great compensation for the cost of living.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons to doing a PhD at the University of Virginia in the microbiology, immunology and cancer biology department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show greater appreciation for your students

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  2. OK to settle in, not much growth.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Good decent people who try. quaint and charming little town

    Cons

    university management does not have an agenda, they just chase the latest fads, no money invested in science, research, graduate school...

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  3. Great graduate school experience! Opportunity to work with very talented individuals who help you grow better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment and healthy competition

    Cons

    Internship in my specific field is not very common.

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  5. Excellent Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    Good salary considering the cost of living of the area, the hospital really seems appreciative of it workers, Charlottesville is a great city with lots of things to do for young and old alike

    Cons

    We have had a recent change in administration, so it will take a while to see how that pans out, it would be nice if the university did more to make the workers feel like a united front, not just working as independent entities

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    Any increase in compensation would be appreciated because of the higher standard of living and with the increasing in costs seen in other industries.

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  6. I have been a graduate student at UVA for 5 years.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    As a graduate student at UVA I can comment on that experience. There is a great collaborative work environment and frequent seminars/talk by students and researchers from other universities.

    Cons

    Parking is a little bit of a pain. You must pay to park at a lot where you catch a bus that runs to the university.

  7. TA GSAS

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I work as a TA because I am a graduate student. Best experience ever to gain some skills on teaching

    Cons

    Hard to do ta work and grad school work

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    Less students per class

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    Positive Outlook
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  8. Student- Current student of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

    Pros

    The academic environment sets high standards. The professor expect a lot and most of the students rise to the challenge. Excellent professors. Beautiful campus. Excellent student life with highly involved student body.

    Cons

    Everyone is so driven that it can be very stressful when you have a whole school of overachievers. Some professors set their standards impossibly high.

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    Change fraternity and sorority rules. Better career services. Better dining hall options.

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  9. research associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    people are friendly and very cooperative

    Cons

    nothing really the work is very straightforward

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    writing proposals are the key thing to get more fund

  10. I am very satisfied with the graduate tenure at UVa

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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

    They gave me good training with a lot of workshops, counseling. Every one are very nice and polite. The environment is very cozy

    Cons

    The city is a bit boring if you want to find a good network. And it is not a big hub of working network.

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    It would be better if they can reduce the bureaucratic stuffs.

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  11. Undergrads - take advantage of your access to the accomplished faculty around you

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, great opportunity to develop research skills and find a mentor

    Cons

    Occasionally tedious/repetitive work, but highly dependent upon which professor you work under

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