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University of Virginia Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
200 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.  

    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 (more than an 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
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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

    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
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    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 (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
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    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 (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

  6.  

    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 (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
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    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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    RA at UVA

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

    I worked at University of Virginia part-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  9.  

    Interesting Work, but lacking hours

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

    I have been working at University of Virginia as an intern (less than an year)

    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
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    Driver

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

    I worked at University of Virginia part-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    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

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

    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

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