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Virginia Tech Reviews in Blacksburg, VA

Updated Jul 28, 2014
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4.1 123 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger

Charles W. Steger

(64 ratings)

93% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great place to work

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsAmazing small college town. Blacksburg provides a great value to those living in it. The university has a great community culture. Grad students are active. Well respected name

    ConsDepending on your department there is a big spread between super nice new offices and grad student offices in older buildings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I love the VT community, but more needs to be done about pay raises. The rich keep getting richer.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsTuition assistance, health insurance, retirement plans

    ConsParking is bad and expensive

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about the "little people". Housekeepers working here for 20 years shouldn't be making only 19k

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

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    Great Educational Environment

    Director of Development (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsThis can be a good place to make a name for yourself and the school has a great reputation in the US. Internationally, it may not be as well known but that is not really a big deal. Besides a great location in Blacksburg, Virginia it also has a great presence in Northern Virginia and this is very helpful with regard to targeting all the different government agencies.

    ConsUnless you are on the tenure track it is harder to advance your career and in Blacksburg there still are not many other opportunities outside of the University. Travel in and out of Roanoke airport (closest airport) is not very convenient and there are not many flights to choose from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStill can be tricky to navigate through the bureaucracy at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong engineering school, weak in life sciences, poor leadership

    Professor (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsThis is a good engineering school. Large campus with critical mass in many disciplines. Good quality of life with short commutes and many outdoors opportunities. Compensation and benefits are good.

    ConsThe town is very small and very far from anything that looks like a city. Travel often is nightmare with long drives or poor airline connections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would welcome a little more courage to solve problems as they arise instead of trying to bury them with the hope that they may go away on their own.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly supportive and helped me to pay for school.

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsHelped to pay for school and afforded financial opportunities.

    ConsCultural Issues, didn't always feel very supportive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time to do an exit interview.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome Job

    Second Cook (Former Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsLearn a lot, nice people, endless days off

    Consno real hierarchy, no real world skills

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Food Service Assistant at Turner Place

    Food Service Assistant (Former Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsHigher starting wage, money given for free lunch, good managers, training and advancement opportunities, stable schedule and weekends off (usually)

    ConsNo benefits unless salaried, hard to get full time hours, must only eat food provided by the establishment, heavy customer traffic, repetitive tasks, upper management will always prioritize students (employees and customers) over wage and salary workers.

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

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    Fulfilling work with great team to work with

    Electronics Technician (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsGood benefits for faculty/staff, ever changing work in research is very fulfilling

    ConsVery disproportionately difference in pay between researchers and technical staff also a great deal of useless politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote r&d for more efficient and effective project management.

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

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    Great civil engineering graduate program.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsExcellent professors. Good mix of experienced and new professors.
    Great place to do graduate research especially in structural engineering. The structural engineering laboratory is very well equipped.
    Helpful administrative staff.

    ConsThe graduate student intake is increasing on a yearly basis. Hence, more competitions for the GRA and GTA positions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I'm very happy with my experience as an MS student in FREC.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Blacksburg, VA

    ProsGraduate student salaries are competitive and in line with the cost of living in the area. Leadership in my department is extremely supportive of graduate students. The university overall is supportive of graduate education as well.

    ConsFunding for research and travel can be a challenge, although this is likely the result of the national attitude toward research funding, not a product of the university itself.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome more environmentally friendly on campus, forget about the money that comes from the mining engineers and look at the bigger picture. Set an example for the rest of the state even though we aren't in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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