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Updated Jul 21, 2014

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4.0 41 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

William & Mary President Taylor Reveley

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87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Mixed Feelings

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeautiful campus and facilities in which to work, excellent training from faculty, decent salary, gym/workout facilities available at discount and within walking distance

    ConsLittle (to no) supervision of positions of authority, no health benefits, skimpy funding (state school with little state funding), little parking

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Well organized

    Finance Office (Former Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsLots of great benefits
    Plenty of cultural events

    ConsParking is a nightmare
    Some faculty members act entitled

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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    Animal Care Assistant (Former Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsInteresting work place, adequate safety training, and good pay for the work.

    ConsWorking in an older facility means less adequate equipment and more unreliable conditions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A mixed bag - but worth it in the end

    Mid-level Administrator (Current Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsIncredible benefits, responsibilities as described in your job, generous vacation time for professional faculty. Dedicated personnel can be found in most departments.

    ConsBasement-level salaries in most areas, lack of advancement opportunities, administrative inertia/inefficiency, inconsistent performance assessment standards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour experience (whether positive or negative) will depend solely on your department and the culture within it. Working in higher ed, at least in most places with an endowment <$1 billion, usually means that you aren't in it to make big bucks. Chances are at W&M that you have a passion for working with students, you are an alum who refuses to leave/comes back (yup, we have plenty of those who work here since we just LOVE to hire alumni) or you just live locally and this is the most appealing option for you.

    A few items here and there: The College has made modest investments in technology since I arrived a few years ago. The technological and physical plant has been aging, and you can tell automatically when new investments are made in the cheapest way possible. Some offices have been experiencing major turnover. Faculty salaries are not even close to competitive, yet we are still able to recruit some good ones based on the W&M name and the still dismal/cut-throat faculty job market. Not sure how long that's going to last, and we keep hearing from senior administrators that the issue is being addressed... Also, the concept of work/life balance can fly out the window depending on the staffing of your department. One of the biggest misgivings that people have at W&M is how understaffed departments are. It's important to ensure you have great, helpful, collaborative coworkers -- especially when (not if) your workload starts to become unsustainable!

    Benefits are pretty amazing. The advantage of tuition-free coursework/degree programs really enhances your professional development -- but don't expect your department to provide prof. development experiences in addition. Generous vacation time. The cost of other benefits, like health care, has been increasing but at a lower level than most.

    Advancement (and salary increases!) often take place when you look internally for opportunities beyond your department. Promotions are rare and depend on departmental funds or politics. Building connections and networking with folks in other departments is to your benefit in this regard. It takes a tremendous amount of effort, but the end results can be very positive.

    It's a mixed bag here. Many good people work here at W&M, and there's an unbridled passion for the institution that you can feel on a regular basis. The campus is beautiful in parts. The quality of life is good -- if a bit expensive -- in Williamsburg. Explore your options as much as possible, but I can still recommend working here if you make it your own -- warts and all.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great school

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsAbility to think on your feet. good work life balance and to do research projects. Great faculty and students.

    Consdisconnection between departments. Housing costs are expensive. Williamsburg is a quite town, nothing much happens. Nearest big city will be Richmond.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFund more for research projects

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great student work!

    Language Consultant (Current Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsFlexible hours, convenient for students, very supportive management! Awesome community.

    ConsPay isn't great, and school funding makes promotions not super likely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more funding from the VA senate, or raise the number of out of staters. You can't keep running a competitive school without the money to do so.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working Hard to be the best public Ivy.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsThe College has a great mix of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff that are all passionate about pushing the College to be the best version of itself.

    ConsSmall town, and a coterie of small minded people, that want to keep the College mired in tradition, no matter the cost.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't fail to recognize the potential that already exists within the institution.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great if you fit in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat tight knit community and stellar academics.

    ConsIf you don't fit into the TWAMPy community or the self-important greek community there is essentially no place for you.

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    Good culture, moving forward

    Staff (Former Employee) Williamsburg, VA

    ProsRespectful, understanding, compassionated, good/average paced work environment

    ConsHR slow to resolved some issues, otherwise no issue.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Work at an internationally-acclaimed higher education institution

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe William and Mary name carries you far, and the Tribe spirit is exceptional and unparalleled. The people are very friendly and the students are dedicated.

    ConsGraduate stipends are, as expected, relatively low. There is also a lack of financial support from the Office of Graduate Studies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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