Virginia Tech Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
213 Reviews

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213 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Strong engineering school, weak in life sciences, poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Professor  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Professor in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mostly supportive and helped me to pay for school.

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

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

    Pros

    Helped to pay for school and afforded financial opportunities.

    Cons

    Cultural Issues, didn't always feel very supportive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to do an exit interview.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Graduate Student

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Virginia Tech

    Pros

    Virginia Tech (specifically one of the engineering departments) has been a good employer with flexible work hours, opportunities for lots of different research, and different learning experiences such as working as a TA assistant. They have good health care options and the surrounding town of blacksburg is a nice place to live.

    Cons

    Some things are expensive for out of state students. Not much to do in Blacksburg unless you like outdoor activities

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  5.  

    Awesome Job

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    Former Employee - Second Cook  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Second Cook in Blacksburg, VA

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

    Pros

    Learn a lot, nice people, endless days off

    Cons

    no real hierarchy, no real world skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Food Service Assistant at Turner Place

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    Former Employee - Food Service Assistant  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Food Service Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to work. The coworkers are very helpful and it has a nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    I did not like the location. But it was close to DC.

  8.  

    Not just a school, but a second home

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech

    Pros

    Great town, food, and people. The administration clearly tries to instill a sense of pride in Virginia Tech and the "Hokie Nation". It's a powerful message and as a young student you can quickly immerse yourself in the Hokie culture. Solid education if you pick the right program.

    Cons

    sometimes feels like a business not an educational institution. Some advisers are lackluster at their jobs. Additionally, some if not all of the professors are involved in research that occasionally result in them caring less about the students.

  9.  

    Great place to work, lots of opportunity.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech

    Pros

    Nice people, some are racist white folk from Virginia country, be careful.

    Cons

    Small town, dead in the summer and holidays when students leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive in seeking out poison managers.

  10.  

    Fulfilling work with great team to work with

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    Current Employee - Electronics Technician  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Electronics Technician in Blacksburg, VA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote r&d for more efficient and effective project management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    excellent experience as faculty in business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech

    Pros

    research opportunities, teaching support, conference support

    Cons

    not much to say here

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