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Updated March 28, 2017
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Pros
  • The campus is beautiful, and people love to be there (in 25 reviews)

  • The pay for research assistants is decent if you consider the low cost of living for Blacksburg (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Small town with not many activities except hiking or what is organized by Tech (which is still a nice variety) (in 34 reviews)

  • A little far away from big cities (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent University"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

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

    Pros

    Great university for those that enjoy doing research.

    Cons

    Poor Pay for research associates.


  2. "Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time

    Pros

    Research capacity in data mining

    Cons

    As always there is room for more data scientist hiring


  3. "Learn How to Live to Serve, (Ut Prosim), and Invent the Future"

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    Current Employee - Student in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Student in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    A community that is focused on learning, accepting and engaging with all members, students, faculty, cultures. A place where while feeding you interests, you learn there are no limits.

    Cons

    Only con is the weather can be a bit unpredictable (thanks global climate change), and tuition for both in-state and out-of-state will have you likely living in debt for some chunk of life, but who isn't?

    Advice to Management

    Keep true to your motto, and stay true to open mindedness in Inventing the Future.
    #ThisIsHome


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  5. "Great experience"

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

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment; nice campus;

    Cons

    Very far from the city


  6. "Graduate research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Tech part-time

    Pros

    Great way to get your research funded and your living expenses paid. Very good opportunity for students.

    Cons

    It depends on your professor.


  7. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent labs and nice professors!

    Cons

    Funding is sometimes not sufficient.


  8. "Burger 37'"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, decent pay, free meal

    Cons

    Kinda boring and meh pay


  9. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Tech full-time

    Pros

    Indsutrial Engineering program is excellent

    Cons

    Blacksburg is far from big cities


  10. "Too much emphasis on fundraising; staff members get the shaft"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, recreation/exercise facilities, good health insurance.

    Cons

    Virginia Tech used to be a good school, but now it's all about money -- bringing in research grants and donations -- rather than quality of teaching. What does it say that the highest paid state employee in Virginia is the person in charge of fundraising at VT?

    The university supposedly offers flexible schedules and telework, but these benefits don't apply to all employees -- it depends on the college/division (avoid CALS).

    The same job can be categorized as either AP faculty (with much better benefits, including twice as much annual leave and 26 weeks of sick leave) or staff positions (8 days sick leave), and the same job can be in different pay bands, which means widely varying salaries.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to offer benefits to employees, make sure they are available to all employees who qualify. Individual colleges and divisions should not be making up their own rules and overruling university policies.

    Also, laying off long-time employees and losing years of institutional knowledge in order to outsource jobs to avoid paying benefits is not acceptable for a state university. Meanwhile, you're paying $635K+/year to a fundraiser. Who is going to want to work where they receive below-market pay if their job can be outsourced at any time?


  11. "A great university and place to work"

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    Former Employee - GTA in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - GTA in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Tech (More than a year)

    Pros

    You'll live in a beautiful town and work with bright people from all around the world.

    Cons

    Administratively they can be a little behind the times.

    Advice to Management

    A Sweet 16 appearance would do a great deal for all our careers.



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