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  1. "Decent Place"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends

    I worked at ODU Research Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great resources, staff, and benefits available

    Cons

    None that easily come to mind


  2. "Electrical Engineering Student Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Student Researcher in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ODU Research Foundation part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on experience working on circuit boards. Was a good opportunity to develop some skills such as troubleshooting, soldering, team communication, to name a few.

    Cons

    "Management" for this project was not run very well. Random hours, extreme expectations, and lack of hourly pay.

    Advice to Management

    Assure to give some guidelines to a teacher if they're looking for student help on a project. I feel as though i was taken advantage of, and was not sufficiently compensated for my time.


  3. "Disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at ODU Research Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    I am not sure if there are any. It is very hard to decide.

    Cons

    Disorganization, Human Resources is rude and disorganized, there efficiency is very low on employee returns, no retirement matching.

    Advice to Management

    Dissolve the foundation and have the postdoctoral fellow be associated with ODU itself.


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  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    Will be get used multiple platforms. • Quick learning, out of box thinking, thriving under pressure would best describe my time at ODU and Amazon.

    Cons

    Will not be able to master every platform as there are wide range of projects to work on simultaneously.


  6. "Management has no backbone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ODU Research Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You'll learn a lot about how non-profit organizations work. The benefits are awesome and a very flexible schedule...as employees can basically do whatever they want.

    Cons

    The work environment is not great as some employees are not team players, basically out for self. Everyone wants to be a boss based on seniority. The technology is in the stone ages and they need to catch up to better technology in order to get work done. Turn over rate is ridiculous in the GCA area...the PI's have dealt with several different GCAs in the last couple of months because ODURF can not retain employees.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and realize what is happening in the company is not due to the mission or visions. Listen to your employees about the environment within. There are a few people that should not even be working for the organization. Start there and may be things will begin to turn around for the organization. Get a back bone.


  7. "Much better than the state"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at ODU Research Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Quick turn around on reimbursements, decent salary.

    Cons

    No health insurance of any kind.


  8. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at ODU Research Foundation part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relatively lower working pressure and you can easily balance your life and work.

    Cons

    Relatively less opportunities and you may not be satisfied with the salary


  9. "Great place to do academic research"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible hours and great working environment allowing researchers to spare enough time for their own studies and also participate in other related research.

    Cons

    Given the academic research institution, the salaries are often less then competitive private industry and most of the time the foundation requires overhead fees when brought in external funding

    Advice to Management

    Don't have enough experience to provide intelligent advice to the ODU research foundation management, however it is a great working environment.


  10. "fine"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    Pros

    not bad, benefits at work

    Cons

    not great long hours at work

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  11. "Great Learning Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome co workers! Everyone is extremely friendly. Free Jimmy Johns every once in a while.

    Cons

    As a student worker there wasn't much for me to do.


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