Virginia Commonwealth University Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is valued and encouraged (in 6 reviews)

  • Benefits package and work hours (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to the DOL jobs handbook and lacking room for growth (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. IT Staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Commonwealth University part-time

    Pros

    As a student, working here part time had to been the best thing for me. Thanks to their flexible scheduling, it was a great work/school balance. Also with a lot of face to face environment, it really helped me understand from an entry level standpoint of what a work environment would be like.

    Cons

    If you are not very good at picking things up quickly, you might struggle a little since it is learning on the job. Training was very minimal, didnt really learn to much ,it is all on the job training in which you have to at times, figure out problems yourself causing you to waste a lot of time.

    Advice to Management

    Better training program to help better understand the basics. Its a fun welcoming environment but needs to better differentiate from work and personal life.


  2. Good work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Commonwealth University full-time

    Pros

    The supervisors are very nice, competent and effective, and the employees are very nice and competent. This makes for a very fun and professional work environment

    Cons

    Nothing.. They do a good job of taking employee suggestion seriously to make the work place comfortable for everyone


  3. Employment Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, supportive supervisors. You never feel like you are alone, and if you ever need coverage, Vicki or Rachael will step in.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great, but it's what you expect for part time work in the field


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  5. Postdoctoral fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great research university and institute growing rapidly; solid circumstance

    Cons

    just general cons for all postdoctoral fellow; low salary and hard work, etc.


  6. Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in West Chester, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Commonwealth University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    VCU as am employer for a current student is nice. They offer a $3000 a semester stipend for TAing. You are also teaching in the same campus in which you take classes

    Cons

    Due to state regulations, hourly employees are limited to 26 hours a week so it is not a good choice once graduated. Professors also overlook examples of cheating that are brought to their attention.

    Advice to Management

    Have a training seminar for TAs on how to best convey information and deal with cheating. Also try to have another party supervising the TAs rather than the individual professors.


  7. 10 year professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tuition remission; academic environment; location; support and lack of 'red tape' that could hinder potential new programs or initiatives.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement; limited recruiting to find the best person for the job. Lack of communication across departments.

    Advice to Management

    Position duties/objectives/goals and compensation are not inline.


  8. Research Associate

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learned a lot. Conducted a lot of research on proteins

    Cons

    No overtime pay but results are expected


  9. Working in a lab

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Commonwealth University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've really enjoyed my experiences working with different PIs and conducting research. Everyone I've encountered is genuinely helpful and wants you to succeed both academically and professionally. The schedule is flexible and everyone is approachable.

    Cons

    Having held a few different positions both while a student and after I've noticed one common problem in most labs. There is no real project management and often times goals (both short term and long term) get shuffled around and lost. This can be kind of frustrating as its hard to tell what, if anything, you're completing.

    Advice to Management

    Training PIs and supervisors in aspects of project management could increase productivity and streamline the process of research and development.


  10. A Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Dental Lab Tech Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Dental Lab Tech Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Virginia Commonwealth University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love working in the AEGD Lab. My boss is fantastic. She is very knowledgeable and supportive. I've learned a lot and always enjoy my time at work!

    Cons

    There isn't a full time lab tech position available.


  11. Student Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's been great part of VCU and working here.

    Cons

    Nothing as such. Great opportunity.



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