Virginia Tech Reviews in Blacksburg, VA

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
222 Reviews
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Pros
  • Cost of living is relatively low, lots of outdoor activities, small town atmosphere (in 9 reviews)

  • Colleagues are nice, the campus is beautiful (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town, dead in the summer and holidays when students leave (in 11 reviews)

  • the main problem is that the town is far from big cities (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Happy to have been a Hokie

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    Former Employee - Media Assistant  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Media Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great staff and faculty, great for personal growth and inspiration

    Cons

    Academic politics, limited ceiling on how salary growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Everyone was kind and nice, overall it was a good experience.

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    Former Employee - Student Server  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Student Server in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to learn, make friends and network with many opportunities.

    Cons

    Not many things to do besides downtown and in Christiansburg.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give more of your time to how employees feel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work environment

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great work environment. Nice campus. everyone is friendly. I have been here for three years. they pay employee tuition for degree. I got a Master degree here in two years when I am working as full time. Great place to live. Very peaceful.

    Cons

    less activities comparing with big cities. The town is too small and sometime is boring. Too far from big cities. The closest ones are Charlotte and DC which is 3 hrs and 4 and half hrs away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on

    Recommends
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  5.  

    They were extremely friendly and good to work with.

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The coworkers are friendly and helpful and always willing to explain something to you when you don't understand.

    Cons

    Getting in touch with some professors is difficult because of their class schedules and office hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finding a way to allow professors to teach classes more in line with tier research would allow more of a chance for interaction with the inner workings of each department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great employer, wish they had more jobs for non-research-track people

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    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues, a solid benefits package, beautiful scenery, and overall very good students. Being able to commute every day by bus for free is a great bonus too.

    Cons

    The main drawback is that unless you're heavily into research and have a strong "pedigree" you can't get into a tenure-track position and there are limited opportunities for faculty who don't fit the research-oriented mold.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good campus scenery, a state university that's shifting its focus from teaching to excellency in research.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great college town, tons of wilderness activities available. Competent research environment.

    Cons

    Pay is below expectation, no obvious pay rising for almost 6 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more attention to the students rather than hiring professors for research oriented positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The good old boy network reigns supreme.

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Public Relations Specialist in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beautiful surrounding area: low cost of living, low crime, little traffic. Great dining options on campus.

    Cons

    Parochial attitudes and cronyism thrive; diversity is limited; local employee pool is overrun with country bumpkins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow 360 performance reviews to weed out incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Great research center for power electronics

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Has leading center in Power electronics area.

    Leading technology transfers. Lots of famous professors.

    Cons

    Need to work very hard to meet professor's expectation. Very competitive labmates. Need to develop very good hand-on skills as well as logic thoughts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Deet's Place was a fantastic place to work on campus

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant Manager  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant Manager in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules. Great people(made some of my best college friends here). Free on campus meals when working.

    Deet's Place was (IMO) by far the best place to work in the Dining Services Department at Virginia Tech as a student. The customers are generally friendly, the employees are awesome, and you get some free meals and coffee out of the deal as well.

    Cons

    Good not great salary, management getting stricter when I graduated.

    Some management turnover was when I graduated which made the work life a little stricter than in previous years. Though this was probably necessary for business purposes, the day to day work life was not as loose as in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change too much. Deet's Place was (and I hope continues to be) a great place for students to work.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    Great technical university with many opportunities for graduate students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The university is large and well funded so there are many opportunities for research and funding as a graduate student. Lots of opportunity for interaction and movement between departments.

    Cons

    Relatively remote location, small town. Lots of cumbersome beaurocratic requirements for students (forms, seminars, etc.).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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