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Virginia Tech Reviews

Updated July 23, 2017
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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. "Terrible communication, little respect for student schedule, great job satisfaction"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Whenever I can help a student out, it makes all the other hardships worth it. Great benefits, considering housing is free and you work where you live (no commute).

    Cons

    Bad communication from upper management in HRL, questionable decisions made above you, very little advance notice on deadlines, too much emphasis on issues that don't seem pressing, lack solid policy training

    Advice to Management

    Respect the RA's schedules. Don't expect them to be happy when they feel their academics are being forced into the back seat


  2. "Fantastic employer in a small college town"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virginia Tech full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    World class university

    Beautiful college town in the mountains of southwest VA

    Competitive benefit package

    Numerous opportunities for professional development via skills workshops and campus courses

    Close-knit community and friendly work environment (everyone loves the Hokies!)

    Great college sports scene

    Low cost of living in the region

    Overall an incredible place to work!

    Cons

    Blacksburg is not a large town and consequently lacks many big city amenities. The nearby town of Christiansburg (15 min drive) and city of Roanoke (40 min drive) however can usually provide whatever service/attraction that Blacksburg lacks.

    Staff salaries are underwhelming but this is slightly offset by the generous benefit package and the region's low cost of living.

    Educational qualifications are important. If you do not have a masters you will eventually hit a ceiling regardless of how deserving you may be for a promotion and/or additional responsibilities.

  3. "Research Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hours, wonderful work environment, supportive research team, great mentors

    Cons

    The pay could have been slightly higher


  4. "Dining Services Server"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Server in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Food Server in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large need, unlimited hours to work

    Cons

    Lack of appreciation as an employee

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  5. "St. Francis of VA/MD"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - St Francis Service Dog Trainer
    Current Employee - St Francis Service Dog Trainer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Virginia Tech (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great managers with amazing help and communication.

    Cons

    Direct management is not fond of dogs and is very nit picky about micromanaging


  6. "Excellent University"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Graduate Student Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Arlington, VA

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

    Pros

    Work Environment, Good Research, opportunity for publications

    Cons

    Costly Living in Arlington VA


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. "GRA"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Campus and beautiful nature.

    Cons

    Nearest International Airport is in DC !!


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