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Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Colleagues, A Great Starbucks, beautiful campus (in 7 reviews)

  • For young professionals, Radford University is a great place to begin your career (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • there were no cons to this position (in 3 reviews)

  • Lower pay compared to other Virginia institutions (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Radford University part-time

    Pros

    The people are really friendly to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes people are a little unorganized.


  2. "I work in the Technology Assistance Center, we are the Eyes and Ears of IT."

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    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Technology Support Specialist in Radford, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a state job so there is a lot of stability.

    Cons

    It is a state job so there are only raises when the governor approves of them in the state budget.

    Advice to Management

    Start giving out merit raises for those who excel above the rest.

  3. "Radford investing in lifetimes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Right sized campus and enrollment, excellent student/professor collaborations

    Cons

    stressed budget and too much staff turnover


  4. "Love working in my department"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Radford, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supported in my department in Waldron College. Nice benefits., decent salary for tenure-track faculty. People are kind here.

    Cons

    Very rural area. Not a lot of diversity among faculty. Not much to do unless you like Virginia Tech Football and outdoor activities.


  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    wonderful coworkers and investment in employees

    Cons

    anything requiring paperwork or approval will take way longer than it should, especially related to payroll.


  6. "Laboratory Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant in Radford, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Radford University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, independence, easy going management, entry level experience

    Cons

    low wage , irregular hours


  7. "Smoke & Mirrors"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Radford, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Campus is ... SO PRETTY! All show, smile and keep everyone happy!

    Cons

    What is above, fake smiles, all glitz! Faculty are second or third possibly fourth in any decision or consideration. Poor pay, you're expendable, and entire organization is top heavy and secretive! Students are numbers and dollars except for those they publicize for the university's benefit ( most of the time miniority too!). Trying to be more than it is! Suffers from a VT identity crisis!

    Advice to Management

    More can be done with a lot less ( management that is!). Go back to what we did best ... teach! Most important, look in a mirror and come to the realization, you're only fooling yourself! Why fund raising is so difficult. Can't turn a sows ear into a silk purse!

  8. "Student Affairs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radford, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with tons of time off. Nice campus community and a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Poor chances of advancement once hired. Lower pay than other comparable or regional universities.

    Advice to Management

    Realize we are not Virginia Tech.


  9. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Student Affairs in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Student Affairs in Radford, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Pretty campus. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than it should be for most positions when compared to similar sized universities. There's a disconnect in communication and understanding between the upper levels of administration and the lower-mid levels. Political atmosphere means there's always the possibility of one's performance being hampered by interdepartmental squabbles and petty disagreements between administrators (VP's, Deans, Directors.) Limited opportunity for advancement in most circumstances.

    Advice to Management

    Frankly, I'm not sure any advice given to the management would be listened to.


  10. "Radford University"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Radford, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Radford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership from the current president, who regularly consults with and visits with every constituency on campus and off-campus. A strong faculty senate. Provost's office also supports faculty. A small campus, 9,000 students ( largely UG , but including a graduate college, which in turn offers doctoral programs.

    Cons

    A right-to-work state, which is no fault of the institution nor of its occupants.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building connections with alumni and in the community. Thin administrative bloat where possible and focus on hiring more full-time faculty. Although this is a problem across the country, and not only here at RU.


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