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Virginia Tech Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
253 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 10 reviews)


Cons
  • not a city campus located in a small town nearest city is 3 hours away (in 13 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    I work at Norther Virginia Campus as a research assistant.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    All the staff here are very nice and helpful. Professors are generally nice. In terms of classes, you don't have too much choice. The good thing is in northern Virginia you don't need to drive several hours to go to a nearby big city for shopping or entertainment.

    Cons

    As a PhD student, the work life balance is zero. You have to work very hard, and don't have time to social. Life sometimes is boring.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good university which can use much needed improvements

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Blacksburg, VA

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

    Pros

    1 The campus is beautiful and clean
    2 The benefits are excellent
    3 VT has some good faculty
    4 Very flexible work hours

    Cons

    1 Not a city campus so life is boring for single professionals
    2 Located in a small town with the nearest city ~3 hours away
    3 So called 'Parking Services' is actually a high profit business
    4 VT is not able to retain top notch faculty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 Administrative hierarchies need reforms.
    2 Traditionally VT has reacted to the changes instead of preparing for them and this needs to change!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Research assistant

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    • 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

    Can pursue degree while working on different research projects.

    Cons

    The salary is not very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the stipend

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn and work

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    • 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
  6.  

    Hard to get anything done.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, job stability, some ability to work from home, lots of PTO.

    Cons

    Nothing ever gets done. You have to contact 10 different people 10 times each just to get in the system to get your first paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the process. Working under 5 different supervisors with different goals and different visions is next to impossible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Student job

    Former Employee - Mailroom/Purchasing Assistant
    Former Employee - Mailroom/Purchasing Assistant

    I worked at Virginia Tech

    Pros

    The job was part time
    They were 4 hour shifts
    You are able to do homework

    Cons

    The job was low pay for what you were doing and the shift started very early.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was great but they didn't have any power since it was a university job.

  8.  

    Great Pleace

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    • 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
  9.  

    They pay you to go to grad school

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10.  

    Great place to work, good benefits

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    • 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
  11.  

    Strong in engineering, science and agriculture

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    • 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

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