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West Virginia University Reviews in Morgantown, WV

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
90 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You have everything you need here: football game, nice people, 1 hour drive to big city (Pit) (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)

  • No job opportunities for foreign students in campus job fairs (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Instructional Designer in Morgantown, WV

    I have been working at West Virginia University

    Pros

    I enjoy working here. The town itself is great and close to big cities - DC, Pittsburg, places in Ohio, Virginia etc. the people are also great to work with. Many opportunities for professional development.

    Cons

    Salary could be better compared to national averages. Housing is expensive around here too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Nonclassified Employee

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Morgantown, WV

    I worked at West Virginia University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Market compensation, university town, biggest state university,potential for greatness, nice spring weather

    Cons

    Strategic plan not connected to mission, micro managed chains of command, lack of stablity at all leadership levels, continual budget issues, innovation not rewarded, overall poor employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and retain experienced leaders to develop midlevel managment and reward innovations. Connect university goals to state needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Underrated institution, yet not without its problems

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Morgantown, WV

    I have been working at West Virginia University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    WVU/WVURC is a great place to work if you have a family; they have a spouse hire program, like many rural universities.

    There are some really smart people here doing great work, and WVU is positioned to rapidly improve its standing as a major research institution. I love my project and my boss, and would totally stay here forever if it weren't for missing city life.

    The area is quite beautiful, 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, 3.5 hours from DC, close to skiing, lots of hiking, and tons of whitewater rafting.

    Note that WVU and WVURC are separate and have different policies for benefits. I can't speak to what WVU does, but WVURC has a reasonably good 403(b) (like 401(k)) matching policy — 3% is matched! They give merit raises, which is nice, and I didn't expect that at such a large institution.

    Morgantown has reasonably good restaurants for a small college town.

    There are lots of opportunities for advancement — and tons of possible collaborators. People don't come here by accident (you have to really love what you do to work in the middle of no where).

    Cons

    There are extremely few post-doctoral fellows at WVU/WVURC. The University does nothing to help you connect with others, and seems to actively go out of its way to make you feel like you're not a member of the community. Your ID card, if you're a post-doc, actually says on it, "Not a WVU employee." You have to really work to find yourself a community and a place here.

    This town has a serious problem with housing for single young professionals. In twelve months, I had three bad housing situations — they treat you like a student. This probably isn't an issue if you have a family — you're in a different segment of the community.

    The WVURC prescription drug co-pay is insane. You have to pay 30%, which is a ton of money even with some generics.

    The bureaucracy can be frustrating. I found it difficult to check out library books, even though research is ostensibly my job.

    WVU lacks certain key journal subscriptions and its librarians are not — for some reason — able to obtain requested journals. (This is partially mitigated by the relative promptness of WVU's Interlibrary Loan service.)

    The only thing to do after work is drink, particularly in the winter.

    Public transit is terrible. I've seen the buses try to run over passengers. The PRT is inconsistent during the winter. Traffic is terrible for such a small town, and there are potholes everywhere. In other words, getting to and from work is a pain.

    The Engineering campus is a food desert. Don't forget your lunch, or you'll have to eat at Bits and Bytes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something about housing for single young professionals, and public transit. These are essential in a university town, and they are as much a responsibility of the employer as of the community. Speaking of community, help people who come here for work feel welcome, because the community does a terrible job of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Old Culture

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Morgantown, WV

    I worked at West Virginia University

    Pros

    Good Coworkers, Good Vacation availability

    Cons

    Old Ways of thinking, No room for upward progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your younger employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing Experience

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Instructor in Morgantown, WV

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

    Pros

    Supportive atmosphere, warm staff environment, and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Limited resources to open new positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate Research Assistant- Electronics and photonics

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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

    very good course work, will learn a lot form the projects

    Cons

    Possibility of funding is very difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increasing number of faculty working in this field would be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good work environment, but your career options may be limited.

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are friendly, good health and fringe benefits. Employees can have access to the Student Rec Center and gyms, but you will have to pay an annual membership fee about $300+.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement and promotion potential. To obtain a significant pay raise, you must apply & interview for other job positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Succession planning for mid-level administrators. Offer more advance training on computer programs and networking systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The experience I gained while working at WVU in the Office of Information Technology has been invaluable

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    Former Employee - Networking Technician and Information Technician Assistant in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Networking Technician and Information Technician Assistant in Morgantown, WV

    I worked at West Virginia University

    Pros

    Fellow employees, career growth, work-life balance, knowledgable and awesome people to work for and with, great connections, and very much a family like atmosphere

    Cons

    Primarily the pay, promotions, and opportunity for advancement, sometimes a lack of necessary resources primarily human resources, and hiring process takes way too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions, bonuses, and salary increases are far too negligible. Your people love their job, making a difference, and going home satisfied that they put in an accomplishing day, however, in many instances the work is being increased every quarter, or year, yet the employment compensation, and the help that they need i.e. lack of employees in a department remains the same. This needs to change!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Positive Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Morgantown is a great city and WVU is a good school to attend for a good education. It's a wonderful school to attend at an affordable price in comparison to other schools.

    Cons

    Not a lot of career opportunities for students. Hard often to go between campuses if needed quickly. Opportunities are spaced between the different campuses as well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Graduate research assistant

    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 a year)

    Pros

    good research field, explores new dimensions, plenty opportunities. Team is supportive and you can make your name and fame to rise heights.

    Cons

    no cons as such.but personal growth is limited.perks are limited and time sheets are a little pain.policies are not ver helping in terms of medical benefits, etc.

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