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University of Virginia Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
208 Reviews
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208 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)

  • 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.  

    PhD Student at University of Virginia, a caring environment for driven people!

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    First, UVA is an excellent school and the program for which I work BIMS (M.I.C.) is offers a competitive environment in which I can openly share ideas and get feedback about my projects. The University as a whole values collaboration and my mentor instills a sense of wonder about the world around me. It's such a great learning environment. The compensation is competitive with other graduate school biomedical science program stipends as well.

    Cons

    It is almost expected that students continue on the "academia" route for science as opposed to industry, government or other consulting type positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management at the hospital really cares about all of the School of Medicine Employees and I think everyone really values that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Virginia

    Pros

    I love the people that I have met here, the benefits, and the pay. Its great to work with all the students and patrons

    Cons

    They are slow to give raises in salary. They are also super meticulous and you get critiqued a lot.

  3.  

    Lovely place, ok gig

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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 part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Charlottesville is a beautiful town, lots of friendly people. Depending on the department, professors can be very friendly, but most are swamped with their own research.

    Cons

    Professors vary widely in their ability to interact with human beings. Salaries for graduate students are meager. Not much in the way of mentorship (depends on department).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administration should do more to encourage department cohesion (depends on the dept). In some departments there is little or no interaction with the faculty and the bare minimum of effort is spent on the graduate student experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    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?

  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    stay away from this school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Virginia full-time

    Pros

    really cannot think of any

    Cons

    everything is wrong with this place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    uva review

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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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