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West Virginia University Reviews in West Virginia

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It provided time off when needed and provided a great work-life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Paid annual leave, paid sick leave, longevity bonus after 3 years, 6% 401k match (in 4 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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  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 for less than a 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.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    Loved my time as a graduate assistant.

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

    I worked at West Virginia University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work for the University.

    Recommends
  11.  

    I'm happy so far

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Morgantown, WV

    I have been working at West Virginia University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    as 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

    Cons

    have 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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