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Virginia Tech Blacksburg Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Timothy D. Sands
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  • it is located in a small town far away from big cities which make it a little boring some times (in 34 reviews)

  • A little far away from big cities (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work!!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and a great atmosphere!

    Cons

    Wage growth may lack that of private industry.


  2. "Financial Aid Office"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Finance Advisor in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Student Finance Advisor in Blacksburg, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    For the most part, great team. Truly care about helping students and families with financial aid.

    Cons

    Was going through a lot of turnover when I was there which resulted in disorganization and disagreement within the office.

  3. "Graduate Student"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great locations for study: quiet and peaceful

    Cons

    The department is not high ranked


  4. "Big University in a Small Towm"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very cheap living around, big campus, best schools, nice view of the new river valley.

    Cons

    Very frustrating, not enough job opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing great


  5. "Instructor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Instructor in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Lab Instructor in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Virginia Tech's chemistry department has excellent facilities and support staff for teaching laboratory and lecture courses.

    Cons

    I would prefer more permanent (non-adjunct) employment there.


  6. "Grad student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They expect your best work, which propels you to succeed.

    Faculty want you to excel.

    Facilities are excellent

    Cons

    Parking (cost and availability)

    Size of campus if classes are far apart

    Weather is wild.

    Advice to Management

    Some students may be afraid to speak out about situations. Encourage their input more directly.


  7. "Not worth the stress"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful campus in a nice college town.

    Cons

    It's all about "advancement" now -- bringing in money -- rather than education. Employee wages, treatment, and benefits vary widely depending on the college or center. Low wages for staff employees; "faculty" positions -- whether teaching, research, or administrative -- have MUCH better pay and benefits (twice the annual leave and 26 weeks of full pay for sick leave/year versus eight days for staff!), and administrative faculty often have less education and experience than staff employees. Benefits such as teleworking and flexible hours are available to employees in some colleges but not others. No opportunity for professional development (no money to join professional associations or attend conferences). VT doesn't follow written policies regarding use of performance reviews or warnings to terminate employees but simply eliminates and renames positions.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees (staff and wage) with respect. One staff appreciation day per year does not make up for low wages, lack of job security, poor employee relations and communication, and bad management.
    Don't allow college HR departments to overrule university policies.
    Establish an employee relations department that will help employees instead of always standing on the side of management.
    Appreciate the experience and institutional knowledge of those who have worked at VT for a long time instead of forcing them out.

  8. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small town, very peaceful, friendly people, a lot of hiking

    Cons

    Underpaid, hard graduate program, expected to teach a lot and graduate quickly


  9. "Student employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Student Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are a student:
    Closeness to classes
    Flexible Hours
    Managers who understand you are a student
    Free meals if working in food.

    As a local:
    Flexible hours
    Get to take a class here.

    Cons

    Food service has long lines at peak hours
    IT has its hiccups with wifi connectivity
    Retail is.... bland.
    Sometimes you can't get the hours for certain times.


  10. "Good Opportunity to Learn about Faculty Research and Pay for School"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good balance between time commitment of work and time to focus on coursework.

    Cons

    Seeking Assistantships can be competitive depending on the year.


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