Northern Virginia Community College Employee Reviews

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Nova
Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee) –  Annandale, VANovember 9, 2018
Depends on the campus and depends on the department.
Lots of back door discussions on who to hire and who not to hire.
Selection Committee Members could include the supervisor who then pushed the committee to hire the chosen person and not the top candidate. No job track or growth. Limited opportunities. People just stay in the job once hired.
Pros
Master and PhD candidates get time off for the degree
Cons
100% for associate degree but poor tuition coverage; no raises
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Could be a great place to work
Program Head and Lead Massage Therapy Instructor (Current Employee) –  Woodbridge, VASeptember 17, 2018
The best part of working for NOVA would be the benefits and job security.
Some of the managers (associate deans) are very helpful and truly concerned about faculty and student's experience. Campus deans are not at all concerned about the faculty, they are only concerned about the numbers.
Pros
working with students
Cons
doesn't pay enough for northern Virginia
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Best place to achieve Work/Life balance
Program Assistance (Current Employee) –  Fairfax, VADecember 28, 2018
I love working at Northern Virginia Community College. People are extremely friendly and always willing to help. There is alway student related activities going on and everyone is encouraged to participate.
Pros
Really good job to learn what really goes behind the scenes of an education system
Cons
low salary
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Great place to work
Job Placement Coordinator & Academic Advisor (Former Employee) –  Annandale, VAOctober 31, 2018
NOVA is a great place to work. Very family oriented. Employees work as a team to serve the community and the students. The employee are more like family than work mates. It is a very team oriented place
Pros
great benefits
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Many Agendas and Constantly Shifting Initiatives
Business Manager (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VAJune 11, 2018
State Government Job = Less than competitive compensation.
Educational Institution work schedule allowed for occasional generous leave opportunities depending on staff schedules.
After probation period job security is strong and the preference for internal advancement common.
Quality of management is highly variable from department to department.
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Positive influence in peoples' lives
Student Advisor (Current Employee) –  Manassas, VAApril 5, 2018
At NOVA, I can make a real difference in the quality of life of the people I work with as an Academic Advisor.

A typical day involves working with students individually and in groups to help them learn NOVA's policies and how to do the research necessary to choose their major and coursework effectively. About 15% of the day involves paperwork (keeping notes of interactions with students), 70% in direct contact hours with students, and 15% in proactive outreach and program planning and evaluation.

NOVA is currently (Spring 2018) in the middle of introducing 5 new initiatives at once, and is therefore experiencing the natural sorts of stresses and frustrations involved in that kind of process. It could be a very difficult environment for someone who struggles with change or who lacks patience with uncertainty. The workplace culture is currently to much in flux to be able to define effectively.
Pros
Good benefits, generous leave, great advancement-early career
Cons
Massive change, Limited advancement-mid career
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Education Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Annandale, VAJune 15, 2018
Fast paced but you'll get used to it, job is great for students that go to NOVA because since they're students at the college they learn more about it,
Pros
High Salary
Cons
none
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A good College...
Professor (Current Employee) –  Annandale, VAApril 19, 2018
Generally NOVA is an okay place to work. It offers very little long term advancement unless you have a doctorate. The college has been understaffed for the better part of a decade due to state budget cuts.
Pros
Benefits and diversity
Cons
Understaffed
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Best Job Ever
Student Ambassador (Former Employee) –  Annandale, VA 22003September 28, 2018
As a Student Ambassador you learn invaluable life skills. The job environment is very interactive with the student body and is incredibly supportive. You learn about many of the inner workings and many times work in different departments. You help with event set-up and promotion. You also do a multitude of different office related activities and tasks. The job definitely helps connect you with the school.
Pros
Looks great on resume, very interactive, supportive, and flexible.
Cons
Pay isn't the greatest
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ESL Instructor
Adjunct-ESL Instructor (Current Employee) –  VAJanuary 31, 2018
never a dull moment, students are great (such a diverse environment/group of kids), management/coordinator is great..only downside- this is not a full time job. that being said, no benefits and you're never guaranteed a class the following semester. it all really depends how many students enroll and/if you're needed.
Pros
great coordinator, good environment (very diverse)
Cons
no benefits
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relax and friendly
PARKIGN SPECIALIST (Current Employee) –  Manassas, VAOctober 22, 2018
A typical day is relax and friendly. You meet different people and the work culture is great.
You have to be very professional to be able to continue a successful career at Nova.
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Easy job to get a handle on can be either slow or fast paced, but never too overwhelming.
Provost Office (Former Employee) –  Manassas, VAOctober 25, 2018
My day consisted of delivering and receiving messages and/or documents from other departments to relay either to our president or vice president of the provost office. The management is very flexible and straight forward with scheduling and working with you when it comes to completing tasks.
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Good Job for a student
Parking Operations Specialist (Current Employee) –  Sterling, VADecember 7, 2017
This job works around your school schedule
You get locked into whatever salary you started with meaning that even though the people who were just hired at $13.00 per hour you are still getting paid $12.65, and when you ask for a raise to the same the others are getting paid they say no. The job has you working in all weather and interacting with a variety of people. You will get yelled at so a thick skin is recommended.
Pros
Flexible Schedule
Cons
No room for advancement
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VERY unorganized!
Campus employee (Current Employee) –  VAJune 21, 2018
The HR Department is a joke. Takes forever for them to get back to you and when they do they will tell you they have to call someone else and find an answer.

The management in some departments are poorly trained and nowhere as knowledgeable as they think they are or should be. Lots of power hungry and micro-managing supervisors will throw you to the wolves if your not a “Yes man”.

Pay is decent, but I would NOT recommend working here unless it’s going to be your second retirement. You will not advance if you have a mind of your own and have common sense.
Pros
Pay isn’t bad, state job, slow.
Cons
Power hungry, micro-managing supervisors. HR is horrible!!!
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Adjunct professor position with very supportive director of COTA dept.
Adjunct Professor (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VANovember 7, 2018
Great experience. High demands to teach after full time day of work. Enjoyed student interaction and willingness for college to have classes offsite to facilitate student exposure and experiences. Very supportive department head and good resources for class materials.
Pros
Teaching experience on college level.
Cons
Extreme demand with lengthy commute to campus after work.
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Leaned on the job training while attending school at NOVA.
PC Technical Support (Former Employee) –  VirginiaNovember 4, 2018
Was given an opportunity to learn hands on as a temporary job. Learned what I could as a pc technician. Job tasks was slow but, was able to learn on my own when time was slow. the hardest part of the job was keeping self busy for 4 hours (or a little more a day).
Pros
Getting accolades for a job well done
Cons
Not having enough work at the time to keep busy so you have to keep busy
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Good
Windows Systems Administrator (Former Employee) –  Alexandria, VANovember 27, 2018
Good place to work and make frineds. Amazing managers, money, a lot of traveling involved but it makes for a wonderful career oppurtunity. If you get the job, accept!
Pros
Good
Cons
N/a
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Productive and Fun workplace
Parking Operations Specialist (Former Employee) –  Springfield, VAOctober 31, 2018
The staff at NVCC is what makes the job enjoyable. There is a lot of downtime in between large rushes of students entering the parking garage and leaving, but the staff and manager will help when things get too hectic.
Pros
Flexible with breaks, very relaxing environment (outside of busy times)
Cons
Seemingly only part time, is very hard to go up to full time as it is technically a different position.
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Ok
Former member (Current Employee) –  Washington, DCJanuary 17, 2019
Communication, lack of staff support when students are extremely abusive ( don't let them lie to you), and employees conflicts never fully resolved.. brush offs😉ALOT of the times.

Loved the success stories but that the students accomplishments via their determination⚘
Cons
Huge Communication issues, HR lack of conflict resolution
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Productive and fun place to work
Financial Aid Assistant (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, VAOctober 12, 2018
This is a nice place to work. They are very flexible when it comes to schedule and if you are attending to school they will let you take some days off to study for your exams. Friendly staff and management.
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