West Virginia University Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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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. Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at West Virginia University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule and great working environment

    Cons

    Sometimes customers/students can can create a tough environment

  2. Study Coordinator

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

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of paid time off (vacation, sick time, and holiday pay)
    Good environment to expand your learning

    Cons

    Low salary and being a research based institute can lead to some problems

  3. Typical "Non-profit" 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 full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good research facilities and plenty of events around town. In the summer it is a great place to live. Decent salary before fees.

    Cons

    Transportation is hell in morgantown. You will have to pay a few hundred dollars for a parking pass, or walk a mile each day.
    Even with a tuition waiver, you will pay $2000 in college fees. Plan accordingly.
    Traffic will only get worse, and the university is investing everything into housing so expect class sizes to get bigger.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in faculty and infrastructure. The town cannot support the number of people you are trying to accommodate. Quit trying to be one of the big universities and work on improving quality instead of quantity.

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  5. Terrific spirit and camaraderie.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at West Virginia University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Really excellent people to work with. Lots of University spirit.

    Cons

    Low salaries for classified staff, etc. Good benefits.

  6. Graduate research assistant at West Virginia University.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of access to funding and assistance with research programs, bills, travel, etc.

    Cons

    Not as 'prestigious' as other institutions, which may result in a disadvantage. Regardless of whether or not that is right, it is true.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. Kick these frat/sorority buttholes out and make it about education.

  7. Great work experience

    Former Employee - Student Worker in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Morgantown, WV

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I was a student worker while I was at WVU. They had great flexibility with my schedule and the work wasn't hard. It was a pretty relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not really any cons. It was a great job to make extra money while I was in school.

  8. A university with misplaced priorities

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    Former Employee - Professor in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Professor in Morgantown, WV

    I worked at West Virginia University

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

    Pros

    WVU is the comprehensive flagship university in the state. It has schools of engineering, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, law, etc. Morgantown is a growing, cosmopolitan oasis in a state which is neither. Morgantown is 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, an underrated gem. DC is a 3 hour interstate drive. The topography is mountainous. The are 4 distinct seasons: spring and summer are beautiful, fall is spectacular, but winter is very drab unless you ski. The WVU Rifle team is the most successful team in any sport in NCAA history.

    Cons

    The roads are awful and traffic is horrendous. WVU is a second rate university, and has always been poorly supported by the state. The administration has a two track strategy for improvement. Strategy 1 is to pay competitive starting salaries and place unrealistic expectations for research funding on new hires. The second is to attract as many undergraduates as possible by being a fun school to attend ( the emphasis is on fun rather than school). There is a suffocating emphasis on political correctness, diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability and every other trendy cause in higher ed.

    Advice to Management

    The administration has largely abandoned academic excellence as the primary goal of higher education. They don't realize that PR slogans and new buildings are not the goal of a university. Our president is a man of vast experience in leading mediocre institutions who is past his expiration date.

  9. One of the best places to work in WV

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    Current Employee - Student
    Current Employee - Student

    I have been working at West Virginia University

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

    Pros

    Friendly and polite student body
    Many students and staff have gone here and worked here for generations, so lots of loyalty for the school
    Decent benefits package

    Cons

    Very low wages
    Incredible amount of nepotism (a lot of people are not good at their jobs and don't care)
    Many work here because it's a job, not because they love higher ed.
    Management and workers not on the same team

    Advice to Management

    Know what the people who work for you do-- this is rare here
    Offer some positive encouragement that reflects that you know what kind of work your people do

  10. Great Place for Chemical Engineering Grad School!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at West Virginia University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Diverse and interesting research areas
    - Good funding with decent stipend (much higher than national average)
    - Nice, very friendly and experienced faculty
    - International diversity
    - Good alumni network

    Cons

    - Having previously attended a different and more well known grad school, I think I have every reason to say that WVU (at least for the chemical engineering grad program) gets much less recognition than it deserves!
    - Not too much networking with industry for job placement for graduates
    - Minimal interaction (both academic and social) among grad students who are not in the same research group

    Advice to Management

    Management could improve on networking with the industry to increase chances of job placement for recent graduates. Good management overall.

  11. Good Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Classified Employee
    Former Employee - Classified Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Working for the cause of helping students find success. There is great pride in the school, and departments mostly work well together, especially under the current president, who is working for more cooperation.

    Cons

    Generally, great people work for WVU, but you'll find some tough coworkers in some instances. It's a random roll of the dice if you get into a good department; they aren't all the same. Pay is under standard for a school this size, especially in expensive Morgantown. Being a university, glass ceilings exist that you won't find in other businesses for those without the right degree, even if they have the requisite experience.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to increase pay to match employee contributions. Don't be so stuck on rigid standards for hiring people with certain degrees; those diplomas only go so far in measuring talent and ability.

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