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  1. "Innovative partnership among public, private and academic sector stakeholders"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands full-time

    Pros

    Interesting, engaged, and dedicated partners. Challenging work that makes a difference.

    Cons

    Cost of living is high compared to stateside norms


  2. "Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Health Benefits, weekends and holidays off

    Cons

    Favoritism, rude employees, management and HR does not care about you

  3. "potential vs. reality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Thomas, VI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Thomas, VI
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The small size and HBCU "family" atmosphere can help students and faculty feel like this is a home away from home. Over the years, UVI has produced 2 Rhodes Scholars, several student research award winners in the sciences, and countless stellar alumni in various disciplines. TIAA/CREF is the retirement option for faculty and professional staff, and the match percentage is unusually high. Also, 2 weeks paid leave for Christmas is the icing on the cake!

    Cons

    The size of the school and island can be a two-edged sword; think "small town" mentality/pace. Salaries are NOT competitive with the mainland, considering the higher cost of living in the VI. Institutional and local politics often lead to less than positive impact on morale. Resources are scarce and budgets are restrictive, current economic situation notwithstanding.

    Advice to Management

    Please put out current fires before seeking to develop other areas... a medical school will be FANTASTIC, but students have been complaining for years about lack of classroom space and major/minor programs without sufficient faculty/course offerings. And spend more time on the ground with the 'regular' staff.


  4. "Great place to build memories"

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    Former Employee - IT Technician III/Programmer in Saint John, VI
    Former Employee - IT Technician III/Programmer in Saint John, VI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Retirement is great. Tiaa-creff matches every pay period. Great Staff and support system. Family oriented environment. Education for bachelors at no cost to employees. Get use to the island life/time.

    Cons

    Salary low for island living. Only upper management and Chief Officers earn respected salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Fight for the people that fight for you.


  5. "Registered Nurse"

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    Former Employee - RN Clinical Instructor in Shreveport, LA
    Former Employee - RN Clinical Instructor in Shreveport, LA
    Recommends

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great student/teacher environment on campus

    Cons

    too few classes for nursing advancement

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Few Advancement Opportunities, Low Pay, Poor Morale"

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    Former Employee - Visiting Professor of Humanities in Charlotte Ama, VI
    Former Employee - Visiting Professor of Humanities in Charlotte Ama, VI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some students are genuinely enthusiastic and ready to learn, others are not (like anywhere). The location is beautiful, and some faculty are incredibly talented and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Sexism, ageism, and racism are problems in a number of departments. The Provost is not working for the faculty, the faculty can't work together, and administration hardly has to lift a finger because of all the in-fighting. Salaries are hardly livable and administration doesn't seem to fight when the Senate asks for money. There is no collective bargaining agreement, so faculty aren't protected, and new faculty, in particular have no means to defend their achievements or see increases in salaries. Not enough money for professional development when you factor in travel cost, little backing from administration when students cheat, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Collective bargaining, raise salaries, protect faculty


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Choose wisely when you apply"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Thomas, VI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Thomas, VI

    I worked at University of the Virgin Islands (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are able to take courses and your dependents as well.

    Cons

    Rare to never an opportunity for lower employees to advance from staff to professional. Individuals in HR speaks about your personal matters verses keeping it private, she is loud and obnoxious. She has discussed individuals retirement funds and plans. Unethical and no privacy. Be careful.

    Advice to Management

    Give lower staff employees an opportunity to become professional. It is nice to hire out of territory employees but give qualified territory employees a chance first in management opportunities.

  8. "Office assistant student worker"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment, loved my boss.

    Cons

    Little money allocated for student grants


  9. "Impossible to complete degree programs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of the Virgin Islands full-time

    Pros

    Located and a beautiful property

    Cons

    The university is slow to complete transfer evaluations and typically refuses to accept many transfer classes.


  10. "Lots of Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of the Virgin Islands full-time

    Pros

    Great environment. Sunny and warm year round. People are generally pretty out going and friendly. Lots of cultural stuff going on. University is small and very relaxed.

    Cons

    Life moves at a snails pace. Everything here is a bit more expensive than the mainland. Lots of unqualified adjuncts that promote a very high school like atmosphere. Very diverse student population that is generally not well prepared for university. The secondary school system here has real problems. School administration is not effectively working to address these and the other problems.

    Advice to Management

    Stop throwing money away. Address the students lack of preparation by providing additional professional support, better library, etc. Renovate school facilities. Increase the caliber of the university and then people will come.