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West Virginia University Reviews in Morgantown, WV

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
104 Reviews

3.6
104 Reviews
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West Virginia University President James P. Clements
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your chain of command, very flexible for scheduling, good benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Great people, cost of living is very cheap compared to other big college towns, the school has a lot of plans to continue their growth (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Due to cost of living increases pay actually has gone down (in 3 reviews)

  • Has a bad reputation for party-school, the classes aren't all that challenging, recruiting is hampered by the reputation of the school (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Chemical Engineering at WVU is awesome!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    Good salary, not competitive work.

    Cons

    Near no where, no culture, no big city feelings, little town. Hard to networking when you are looking for jobs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Laid back environment

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    Former Employee - Professional Technologist IV  in  Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Professional Technologist IV in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    Health Insurance, 401K matching, laid back work environment

    Cons

    laid back work environment, slow process for everything

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved my time as a graduate assistant.

    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant/Legal  in  Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Graduate Assistant/Legal in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    This was the perfect work experience to bridge my education to real world application. Hours were flexible and could be fulfilled throughout the week and around my class schedule. It provided time off when needed and provided a great work-life balance. A tuition waiver was also a huge help in pursing my graduate education.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge was knowing the position was for a fixed term-- I loved my experience so much that it made it difficult to find something that fit the mold post-graduation. I felt that my supervisors were fair, gave me a great real life education and application of what I learned in school, and helped me grow in my field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work for the University.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    I'm happy so far

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    as a postdoc, i get as much benefits as regular employees. the rest depends on department, i work in a relatively new building and share office with 1-2 people, have access to enough resources needed for my job

    Cons

    have to pay for parking at work, and no enough parking space, i heard there is a 3-year wait list for the location where I need parking, so i never applied for a parking permit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience

    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    Great people, cost of living is very cheap compared to other big college towns, the school has a lot of plans to continue their growth.

    Cons

    Graduate assistant salaries aren't great, but they are manageable and continue to go up. The university is split between three campuses, so if you need to see someone in a different building, traveling to them can be a time consuming task.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Beware of Politics and Narrow-Mindedness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    As with any large university, there are a lot of intelligent, caring, people at WVU. And Morgantown is a great community for families with a reasonable cost of living. WVU has great spirit and a deep Mountaineer tradition. The university has come a long way in the past decade and *may* be on its way to becoming a truly great university. But parochialism is still strong at all levels...read on.

    Cons

    Politics and personal bias. Particularly if you are in administration, do NOT expect a long-term career. No matter how excellent your performance, your job is always at risk. Most higher-paid employees are non-classified, year-to-year positions—meaning the university can terminate you any time they want with little or no justification. In fact, this happens frequently, often due to the subjective whims of senior administrators, or due to changes in senior administration (new people come in and want to "clean house," replacing key positions with their own appointments).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that people are not commodities to be bought and traded, with only the bottom line in mind. Do not pay lip service to the free exchange of ideas while firing people behind-the-scenes for not toeing the university line. Do not extol the importance of trust when you don't trust your own employees. Do not claim you aren't micromanagers, then micromanage everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    Nice Work Environment and they are very flexible

    Cons

    Pay-rise is very low for this position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Excellent experience, great state.

    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    Good support, and provides useful tips for starting out.

    Cons

    The campus is spread out and there is limited parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  10.  

    One of the best

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Manager in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    Everyone on staff if very friendly and cohesive
    One of the best athletics programs in the country
    Great environment to be in

    Cons

    The athletic facilities are outdated
    Certain teams have to share facilities with others which creates conflict
    Everything is too spaced out

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Food service supervisor II

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    Current Employee - Food Service Supervisor II  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Food Service Supervisor II in Morgantown, WV

    Pros

    The only true "pro" that I can think of how I have met so many different people from all over the world.

    Cons

    Where should I begin?

    Haven't got a raise in 4 years.

    There are MANY people working in the university that are there only 20-25 hours a week, making at least triple of what most make.

    Working 70 hour weeks, and still not getting any sort of incentives or raises, really makes me wonder how it is legal. Seeing people making 6 figures who do absolutely nothing, makes me sick. Hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations and the true workers can't see a raise.

    No time for vacation, so basically the hours accumulated for time off, is wasted.

    Stay away from working here. Unless you don't have a family to support and just need a job. Other than that, do not work here. Absolutely ZERO care for their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment, it wouldn't matter anyways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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