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West Virginia University Reviews in Morgantown, WV

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.7 70 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

West Virginia University President James P. Clements

James P. Clements

(40 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Chemical Engineering at WVU is awesome!

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

    ProsGood salary, not competitive work.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Loved my time as a graduate assistant.

    Graduate Assistant/Legal (Former Employee) Morgantown, WV

    ProsThis 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementKeep up the good work. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work for the University.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I'm happy so far

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

    Prosas 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

    Conshave 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

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

    ConsGraduate 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware of Politics and Narrow-Mindedness

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

    ProsAs 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.

    ConsPolitics 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 Senior ManagementUnderstand 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

    ProsNice Work Environment and they are very flexible

    ConsPay-rise is very low for this position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Excellent experience, great state.

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

    ProsGood support, and provides useful tips for starting out.

    ConsThe campus is spread out and there is limited parking.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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    One of the best

    Manager (Former Employee) Morgantown, WV

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Food service supervisor II

    Food Service Supervisor II (Current Employee) Morgantown, WV

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

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementNo comment, it wouldn't matter anyways.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun School, Great Times

    Engineering Tutor (Former Employee) Morgantown, WV

    ProsFriendly staff and Awesome and out going students

    ConsProfessors needs better teaching methods, hard to understand some classes

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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