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Old Dominion University Norfolk Reviews

Updated April 16, 2017
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Old Dominion University President John R. Broderick
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  • Low pay for time spent on teaching and grading students work (in 7 reviews)

  • Low salary,Some aspects still in slow old-fashioned mode of taking things slowly (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Teaching Assistant - Psychology"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant - Psychology in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant - Psychology in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Old Dominion University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As a graduate teaching assistant, you are contracted to work 20 hours/week. Sometimes you end up working less than this on average, especially if for an online class, and your pay is the same - salaried.

    Cons

    It's not very fun to grade papers, especially if you don't know the students and didn't design the questions. They might complain to you that you were unfair, when you are barely familiar with the content.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the process for everyone - check in on professors to make sure they are staying within the bounds of graduate student contracts.


  2. "Student Worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Old Dominion University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great balance between having to work and study for classes. Really good place to work at and the people are amazing

    Cons

    Student workers only make minimum wages and their hours are limited to only 20 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    increase the pay


  3. "Good place."

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

    I have been working at Old Dominion University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and positive environment. Good learning experience.

    Cons

    Area around not always safe.


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  5. "Physics Graduate Program"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Old Dominion University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big office space overlooking garden, ODU shuttle to groceries etc. (for those of you who don't have a car), Pretlow Planetarium, caring staff, good pay, huge gym, free weekly bike rentals, WESTSIDE MARKET (they carry farm produce milk etc., only a 10 minute walk from campus), Health insurance available for purchase (~$700) per semester.

    Cons

    Not a lot of healthy food options (fast and fried only) if you don't cook, summer weather is unbearable (unless you hide in your office!), lots and lots of undergrads.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps build a shared community room like a science center where students can go and mingle, the isolated offices are good for productivity, but bad for overall good health, and socialization.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Old Dominion University part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - They were flexible
    - A positive environment

    Cons

    - No upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Allow for internal promotion


  7. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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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 Old Dominion University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great University though underrated. Job environment is very good

    Cons

    Compensation is little bit low


  8. "Admin/Office Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Old Dominion University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I loved working for ODU Athletics. Great workplace culture, great people, and it was a very engaging position for me.

    Cons

    The only bad parts about working at ODU (and this applies to a lot of colleges) are having to pay for pricey parking passes, and the pay is generally slightly lower than in the private industry. Other than that, it's a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    My department was great. I can't attest to the other departments on campus, but everyone seemed pretty friendly and easy to work with.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great University"

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    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Admissions Counselor in Norfolk, VA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Old Dominion University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and networking opportunities

    Cons

    Little to no room for job growth. Raises/bonuses were minuscule.

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders and not bosses.


  10. "I like it"

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

    Pros

    Good City, great faculty, great education.

    Cons

    Campus services (e.g., Parking, IT, food) all seem weird and bureaucratic--much more so than other universities.


  11. "One of the best work experiences"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Old Dominion University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay rate, diverse workforce, tremendous opportunities for research projects

    Cons

    Seriously cannot think of any major cons, I think it depends on the department you work in.



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