I worked at Virginia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)
World class university
Beautiful college town in the mountains of southwest VA
Competitive benefit package
Numerous opportunities for professional development via skills workshops and campus courses
Close-knit community and friendly work environment (everyone loves the Hokies!)
Great college sports scene
Low cost of living in the region
Overall an incredible place to work!
Blacksburg is not a large town and consequently lacks many big city amenities. The nearby town of Christiansburg (15 min drive) and city of Roanoke (40 min drive) however can usually provide whatever service/attraction that Blacksburg lacks.
Staff salaries are underwhelming but this is slightly offset by the generous benefit package and the region's low cost of living.
Educational qualifications are important. If you do not have a masters you will eventually hit a ceiling regardless of how deserving you may be for a promotion and/or additional responsibilities.
I applied in-person. I interviewed at Virginia Tech.
It was a short and easy interview as my professor got funded for a project similar to my research. I got the offer on the spot. Every 6 months, your performance will be reviewed.