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West Virginia University Reviews in Morgantown, WV

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
117 Reviews
3.7
117 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Locals are nice people with great spirit (in 5 reviews)

  • Good place to live in, people here are friendly, Transportation between campus include PRT and school bus (in 3 reviews)


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

  • very few job opportunities, if you want to find a good job you will have to move to bigger cities (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great quality of education for the price. Plenty of exciting work opportunities if you take advantage of the resources.

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant - Industry Assessment Center in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant - Industry Assessment Center in Morgantown, WV

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

    Pros

    Theres not many places as unique as Morgantown WV. You live in a small, lively town, that is centered around the University. The faculty do their best to look after and care for the students, especially in the engineering department where I work.

    Cons

    The winter is brutal, the payment can be a little delayed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on the research facilities, not high-end housing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    5 years Graduate Research Assistant in West Virginia University

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

    I have been working at West Virginia University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Morgantown is a nice place to live and raise children. You have everything you need here: football game, nice people, 1 hour drive to big city (Pit).

    Cons

    WVU doesn't provide a lot of carrer opportunities to students. It is not a good place to construct a good social network . You can't really learn much from the coursework from the univeristy here.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Graduate Assistant (Engineering/Science)

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

    I have been working at West Virginia University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students are friendly, small town, people are helpful and friendly. Very high Football game spirit. Locals are nice people with great spirit. They welcome you well. Housing is cheap compare to other college towns and universities in USA. Lots of out-door activities like, hiking, camping.

    Cons

    Career development is limited, politics on appointments at workplace. limited things to do or explore in Morgantown. Not many Fortune 500 companies are involved with the university but Local and regional companies are the best clients. Professional development is slow compare to other places. Transportation needed to be improved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great school, but research opportunities can be sketchy

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

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

    Pros

    Getting paid to go to school is a pretty good deal. Experience is completely dependent on the adviser that you get paired. That being said, in my particular situation I had very flexible hours and commitments.

    Cons

    Securing funding can be very sketchy. I worked as a research assistant for several years, and funding changes every semester. Had to resort to student teaching, grading, etc due to several lapses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    WVU Extending Learning Office Assistant

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

    I have been working at West Virginia University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very easy job. Anyone who can manage Excel can work for Extended Learning in the Office. The employees are mostly older so tech-savy young adults can impress their bosses easily. Everyone is very nice in the office. Not a bad gig for an easy summer job. No drug test.

    Cons

    Quite tedious--data entry. A lot of accounting of phone bills. Can get pretty boring with not very many breaks. Not much can be done to make this job more interesting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow assistant to browse internet for 15 minutes every 2-3 hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Perfect starting point and education opportunity

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing work-life balance and flexibility. The entire University staff acts like a tight knit family. While it can seem slow at times, people are often given the opportunity to work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Some lack of organization and direction from the executive level. At times, things can get overly political and lose focus from the true goals of the University.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better IT Governance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great until personal life took a turn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV

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

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Paid annual leave, paid sick leave, longevity bonus after 3 years, 6% 401k match. Tuition waiver if you want to go back to school.

    Cons

    Leadership in some departments is terrible. Promotions are hard to come by if you're not "in with the right crowd". Flexibility during difficult times in your personal life is null and void. HR only supports management and offers no resolve to the employee. Pay is extraordinarily low to staff when they require a bachelors or more for a position. Once you reach administration (if you ever reach administration), though, you're typically golden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training to those in leadership roles if they've never held a leadership role before. Provide opportunities for advancement to those who have years of experience rather than basing it off of "who you know".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rewarding and exciting with a lot of opportunities for students and faculty a like.

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Strategic in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Marketing and Strategic in Morgantown, WV

    I worked at West Virginia University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Students are able and willing to be involved with business life.

    Cons

    Not an organized environment. Difficult to get in contact with coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with workers more frequently and make more room for students and workers to get involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Laid back environment

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

    I worked at West Virginia University full-time (more than an year)

    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
  11.  

    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

    I have been working at West Virginia University full-time (more than 5 years)

    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

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