West Virginia University Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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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
  • very few job opportunities, if you want to find a good job you will have to move to bigger cities (in 3 reviews)

  • transportation system is unreliable, you need a car to get from evensdale to main campus (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Staff Member

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    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great benefits. Great community. People who start their careers at WVU have ample opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Very different environments in different departments and/or schools. Which is at should be, of course. However, progress is being made to develop a standardized core of processes, e.g., hiring process, etc.


  2. Graduate Teaching Assistant

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

    I have been working at West Virginia University part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The university offers valuable experience as a graduate student. The people are also nice.

    Cons

    Almost unlivable salary without taking out additional student loans. No departmental oversight of professors and researcher advisors leads to overload of graduate student workload

    Advice to Management

    If you would like to attract top research students, the university has to invest more in these students as well as provide resources for them to grow


  3. Graduate Student Assistant

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

    I have been working at West Virginia University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, which supports for all the needs being a student in West Virginia University. Pays fee and insurance.

    Cons

    No primary cons. Sometimes its about balancing academia and the job (Not employers fault)


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  5. good or bad for WVU

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    West Virginia University has very good academic atmosphere and has strong education in the field of Agriculture, forest and mining.

    Cons

    The disadvantage of west virginia university is the location for this university. The campus is located in the poor state where there are few industries.


  6. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Morgantown, WV

    I have been working at West Virginia University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rural, quite area to live. Good elementary to high schools. Not much traffic.

    Cons

    Faculty salary lower than most of the peer institutions. Liberal and social science areas are especially problematic.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive to other peer institutions.


  7. Research Assistant

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

    I have been working at West Virginia University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it is good to work while studying, that helps to improve the engineer skills.

    Cons

    Working in a lab is more theoretical than practical which is not preferred by real leader engineers.


  8. Morgantown's top employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional Technologist III in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Professional Technologist III in Morgantown, WV

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent, opportunity for furthering education, many jobs throughout campus for continuing advancement, learn many skills beyond your job description if you take the initiative

    Cons

    Employees do not feel valued, managers do not understand pay for performance. It is common place to do the bare minimum because it does not benefit to work hard. No regular pay raises, no performance raises. Difficult to promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to promote within from a valuable pool of employees, learn to promote economic benefits from strong work ethic and performance metrics, I see poor management in a lot of areas of the University. Their should be a leadership class, all retail industry requires a 1-2 week course on leadership because some people just can't figure it out on their own. Too many employees in the same position for too many years.


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    Budget Director

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unit Budget Director in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Unit Budget Director in Morgantown, WV

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    State benefits for full time employees are standard. Classified staff are loyal and hard working. Working conditions standard, excellent access to hospitals and doctors. Local venues for entertainment include Div 1 athletics and there is a robust university cultural events calendar. Low crime rate gives sense of community safety. Plenty of food and beverage establishments and a convenience store for everybody. Best economy in WV. Few opportunities to get sunburned. Best recreational asset is the rail trail.

    Cons

    Continual turnover of leadership at all levels. State benefits continue to erode and few options are emerging for new state revenues. Bigger budget cuts are coming. The University budget is dependent upon out of state student tuition and tuition increases are reaching a tipping point. WVU remains a paper dependent administrative system. The human resources department values negative reinforcement and is not responsive to the general employee concerns. There is no correlation between performance reviews and pay. Local housing costs are out of control. Family parks and recreation opportunities are limited. The city and county infrastructure remains stuck in the 1960's- propeller airline, no zoning, lots of stoplights, busy roads, high rate of traffic accidents, no sidewalk system, confusing and limited public transportation and very limited planned green space.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology development and reduce the "silo" mentality of programs. Reduce duplication of programs and address the pay inequity gap between top management and staff. Improve customer service training and become more engaged with the State on health, education and workforce development issues.


  10. Excellent Employer

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

    I worked at West Virginia University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    WVU part-time student workers get a basic payment per hour that is above the minumum for the state of WV. Working for WVU you can work more than 40 hours a week

    Cons

    clock in/ clock out devices are only on few places over the bulding, sometimes make it easy to forget to clock in or out if you are in a hurry.


  11. Overall good job but lacks the necessities to become a career

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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 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits to working here were that the schedule was set. I rarely worked over 40 hours. Plenty of vacation and sick time. Very low stress work conditions.

    Cons

    I really enjoyed my job but there are almost 0 opportunities for advancement. All the raises are equal and are more tenure based than value based. If I felt more appreciated and had an opportunity to advance than this would be a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    If there was a way to make it so that your better employees were rewarded then everyone's productivity would increase and the institution as a whole would be more efficient.



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