William & Mary Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
47 Reviews
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    Student Tutor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at William & Mary

    Pros

    Ability to make an very flexible schedule, catered to your needs and the student you are aiding first. The head of tutoring is also very understanding.

    Cons

    Sometimes are unable to help the student you are tutoring, because you were in a different class with a different professor than they are in.

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    Great Undergrads, mediocre everything else

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at William & Mary part-time

    Pros

    Undergraduates are very intelligent and hardworking. Easily able to get individual attention from professors

    Cons

    Graduate Programs aren't impressive. Living off-campus and commuting is very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Good experience and opportunities

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    Current Employee - Audio/Visual Technician in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Audio/Visual Technician in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at William & Mary part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Offers good experience and opportunities with flexible hours in a friendly environment.

    Cons

    Can get a bit busy during certain times of the year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    A great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at William & Mary full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay and hours are good.

    Cons

    This can be a very stressful workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kind to your colleagues

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Development in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director, Development in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at William & Mary full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work was rewarding, coworkers were enjoyable, I was relatively flexible. TONS of vacation time. Seriously tons. Working with undergrads is great - they're smart and self-reliant, so they make excellent employees. Life is more laid-back in a small town like Williamsburg.

    Cons

    Pay wasn't that high in Williamsburg. The state controls everything, so raises are hard to come by. In terms of hours, unless you have a special case there's generally the expectation that you work 8 to 5.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Sadler Center Information Desk staff

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    Former Employee - Sadler Center Information Desk Staff in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Sadler Center Information Desk Staff in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at William & Mary part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very minimum amount of work like answering phone calls and answering questions for visitors. If you are a student at the College of William and Mary, this is the best campus job you will find there.

    Cons

    Working at daytime shifts could become very busy at some times. Only paid at minimum wage.

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    Mixed Feelings

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at William & Mary full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
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    Well organized

    Former Employee - Finance Office in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Finance Office in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at William & Mary full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits
    Plenty of cultural events

    Cons

    Parking is a nightmare
    Some faculty members act entitled

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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    Animal Care Assistant

    Former Employee - Animal Care Assistant in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Animal Care Assistant in Williamsburg, VA

    I worked at William & Mary part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    A mixed bag - but worth it in the end

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    Current Employee - Mid-level Administrator in Williamsburg, VA
    Current Employee - Mid-level Administrator in Williamsburg, VA

    I have been working at William & Mary full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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