Virginia Tech Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
238 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay was decent when factoring in the cost of living (in 10 reviews)

  • Colleagues are nice, the campus is beautiful (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • not a city campus located in a small town nearest city is 3 hours away (in 12 reviews)

  • Small town far from nearby big cities (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to learn and work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant, Student in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant, Student in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    On the learning end, the school has a wide array of technical areas for study, LOTS of research opportunities, and an experienced and knowledgeable faculty. On the working end, the university does what it can to accommodate your work schedule and school schedule.

    Cons

    For a technical school, Virginia Tech really falls short in some areas. There are very few online classes, the on-campus wireless service can be spotty, and a lot of the automatic grading programs for the computer classes have major bugs. On top of it all, the school requires that you own a laptop for use in class but then doesn't have enough electrical sockets to plug in if you need to; it's getting better, but it's still a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending so much money on sports and bring your technology into the 21st century. Online classes, a strong digital infrastructure, and easy-to-access electrical sockets should be common.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Pleace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Blacksburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth.
    Lots of training.
    efficable to leadership communication

    Cons

    not great communication flow through hierarchy
    difficult to enter

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    They pay you to go to grad school

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free higher education plus they pay you a stipend. What more could you ask? Your experience will vary based on who your advisor is. I have a lot of independence and freedom to pursue the research projects that I want in the way that I want. Very flexible hours.

    Cons

    Lower pay than going directly to industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some labs are unclean and an unclean lab leads to health and safety concerns. I would like to see the culture shift a little to reflect an emphasis on safety and responsibility especially in labs that use hazardous materials.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time

    Pros

    Fun and nice people, good benefits, you feel like you're contributing positively. The students are great and fun, too.

    Cons

    It's a large institution and can be difficult to navigate the bureaucracy. There have been few raises in recent years and a lot of nasty talk about public employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong in engineering, science and agriculture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Professional Faculty in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Administrative Professional Faculty in Blacksburg, VA

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

    Pros

    1. The campus is beautiful and clean
    2. VT has a strong STEM portfolio including engineering, basic sciences, agriculture, vet medicine, and now the Carillion School of Medicine
    3. Blacksburg and Christiansburg are nice places to raise children
    4. The new Moss Arts Center offers cultural programming, which was seriously lacking in the past
    5. faculty and staff relations are decent and for the most part they get along well on a day to day basis

    Cons

    1. VT honors the military culture and chain of command, which means in your day to day work routine you will have to navigate this through waiting for approvals, forms, and routing trivial things to many people for their input/changes.
    2. Due to it's long history of intentional exclusion and Southern culture, VT is not as diverse as its higher ed peers across the US. A small group of people are trying to change this but it is difficult and slow. It doesn't help that VT tends to hire VT alumni, so the staff aren't invested in change because they haven't seen it at other places.
    3. Blacksburg is boring, especially for young, single professionals.
    4. Faculty are overextended and stressed out, same as any other institution of higher ed, and working with them is challenging
    5. managing budgetary pressures and bureaucratic redundancies are part of the job
    6. VT is big and complex and you will never really be effective or understand what is going on beyond your little pocket of work unless you invest A LOT of time and energy educating yourself about the activities and outcomes beyond your unit. It is basically a second job figuring out what is going on around you and how it effects your work and planning for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faculty are the core of VT's success. They need education and training from new hire, to middle management, to late career. A few of them seek out training in business skills and pedagogy, the rest of them figure it out as they go along making a ton of expensive mistakes along the way. VT needs a systematic way to educate them.
    Get the indirect rate down. It's higher than Harvard's.
    And when the feds demand more bureaucracy, push back and advocate for LESS bureaucracy so we can all focus on research, teaching and outreach NOT administration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Dining Services FSAS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Service Assistant Senior in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Food Service Assistant Senior in Blacksburg, VA

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

    Pros

    State benefits. Getting a free meal. Interacting with students. Being part of a top notch facilities.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Not flexible with hours, hard to get an ideal shift if you are new. Lack of universal communication between all levels of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work alongside your employees and see what daily challengers are for them. Sometimes there are simple solutions for fixing an ongoing issue, if you were in the think of it you could better understand our frustrations and help create solutions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    WONDERFUL

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great people, environment. provides challenging opportunities

    Cons

    competition is high, too many students

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    thank you for your welcoming attitude!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Top notch engineering school for the money, industry respects the students and seeks employees from tech.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This school has great sense of community, classes are challenging, professors are very well educated and up to date with emerging technologies (for the majority). Engineering here is wonderful, companies come to Virginia Tech seeking to hire both interns and full time positions. Keep a 3.0 gpa and you will not have a hard time finding professional opportunities as an engineer.

    Cons

    Within the ECE department there should have been more emphasis on PCB design, and soldering. This was not covered in any required curriculum. There are senior level classes where this experience can be obtained. Electronic Circuit Design 2 and power electronics lab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Two semester senior project for ECE dept. along with more hands on experience for junior and senior level students. More funding opportunities for master's students for 2nd year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very flexible, was able to work my way up while going to school.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wage Worker in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Wage Worker in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They will schedule you around your classes, and are willing to accommodate if you need to take time off to do homework or study. Also, was free to solve problems my own way, without being micromanaged too much.

    Cons

    Older people will question technological solutions to problems, and sometimes being the hourly worker means doing some very boring tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before assigning tasks that need to be redone constantly to workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shelving in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Shelving in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The system of work and pay is simple.

    Cons

    The benefits are lacking and no intrinsic value in work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more involved

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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