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Updated Jul 15, 2014
Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond – “VCU”

Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond – “VCU”
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3.6 83 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao

Michael Rao

(35 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is valued and encouraged (in 4 reviews)

  • I have found VCU a great place for faculty professional development and also teaching load (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay compared to the DOL jobs handbook and lacking room for growth (in 4 reviews)

  • need to submit both paper and online for leave application (in 2 reviews)

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    Lab tech

    Research Assistant Professor (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsFriendly people, good location, independent work

    Consnever got a raise, no room for growth

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    Good spot

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice people and good location with interesting environment with state job that has alright retirement plan. The tuition waver is good if you are interested in getting a degree

    ConsThe pay is lower then the privet sector and they just increased the medical costs so now they are worse then some privet sector plans and there is lots of slow processes

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay raises would be nice since starting pay is so low

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

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    B school is really good for adjuncts!

    Adjunct Instructor (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGreat support by department staff. Teaching payment is comparable to other local colleges. Great new Bschool building. Top quality grad students, esp. those from overseas. Online faculty support tools are really good.

    ConsNo free parking for staff! Also, most faculty events are during the day so adjuncts with full time jobs cannot attend.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore resources for in-classroom teaching skill improvement.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Quite exceptional.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGreat infrastructure, a university with a research reputation on the up, very accommodating to your schedule. The lab I worked in was very diverse but everyone got along well, no nasty politics of any sort, so the work environment is very professional but very friendly as well.

    ConsRichmond can be a little dangerous, although very little crime happens around the medical campus. But if you're on the other campus, it can get a little strange at time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great work/life balance, lots of red tape.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork/life balance is valued and encouraged. With the right boss, you can move your career forward. Generally great coworkers who are easy to work with. VCU is overall an outstanding institution, there is so much happening here and the university is committed to growing and moving forward.

    ConsState institution means nothing happens without approval from 50 people. Also leads to complacency and apathy from some employees, which can be frustrating when you're trying to get something done. Raises are few and far between and must be fought for if you are going to get anything besides the state budgeted increases.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work for anyone. Extremely diverse.

    Research Assistant (Former Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsDiverse university with great potential for growth.

    ConsSometimes difficult to access personnel.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    professor

    Associate Professor (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    Prosgreat facilities; good pay and benefits package

    Conslack of visibility; lack of quality graduate students

    Advice to Senior Managementhire more super star faculty

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

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    Great place to work, good benefits

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInclusive environment; great benefits (5 hrs or annual leave AND 4 hrs of sick leave every pay period); employees respect each other. Boss is very understanding.

    ConsLow pay (hey but this is public sector, so it's almost expected). Things happen really slowly; lack of accountability from some staff members with the state worker mentality. Getting more research focused and chasing after the dollars. Expectations sometimes ambiguous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparent employee expectations and evaluations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good School, job support depends on position and supervisor

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsGood pay for a part time position for the location. Understands school comes first, but Graduate Assistant positions are few and far between and you are worked to the bone.

    ConsThe politics within the departments is crazy. You can fail simply because you ally yourself with the wrong research advisor.

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

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    low pay for a job that requires an advanced degree

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDiverse Student Body; Urban Environment;

    ConsLow Pay; good administrative policies are behind growth; "Good boys club"

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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