University of Virginia
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fun paced work environment

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It was a fun place to work. I learned a lot at the work place. the entire staff was friendly and kind. They all took their time to teach me the proper way to work.

Pros

lunch breaks

Cons

no benefits
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Overall Good Place to Work

Working at UVA has been mostly great because you meet great people and your supervisors tend to show interest in the issues that you bring up to them.

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Free Housing
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Great for graduate school

Great experience during graduate school. Support from multiple different departments and professors help not only professional development but help you grow into a researcher.
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Strong training programs for biomedical PhD students

UVA provides an excellent training environment for its PhD students in biomedical sciences, a livable salary, and good benefits. Overall a great place to pursue a doctoral degree in the biomedical sciences.
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UVA has no respect for its workers or its community

This is an organization that is solely focused on its own prestige which it achieves by covering up its bad behavior. There is no accountability in this organization.
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Grad Student Workers underpaid

Graduate student workers serving as RAs or TAs are underpaid and benefits are minimal at best. Teaching demands are high, and student workers usually put in double their paid hours in order to lesson plan, attend class, and conduct course grading.

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healthcare benefits are only student health plans, underpaid, overworked
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It Might All Depend On Your Department

Mine was rough. The manager was ineffective and team morale was non-existent. There is job security, but no chance for advancement. If you decide to take a job here, be clear on your goals and consider having an exit strategy in place.

Pros

Decent pay in some positions

Cons

poor management, no room for advancement
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Great place to work

Loved working here. The pay is great and the workplace culture is good. Management is also good. I learned a lot by advising. The most enjoyable part of the job was working with different kinds of students.
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extensive work

The research specialist position is extensive labor with lowpay. Be prepared to work long hours 10-12 hrs with no added compensation since your salary is a grant. Added annoying bonus is that you have to plug in your hours every week and get approved- useless system.

Pros

good people around

Cons

cheap salary, long hours, high stress
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Low Stress, But Difficult Advisors

As a Ph.D. Student at the University of Virginia, the culture was great. Everyone that I worked with was always nice and it was never stressful coming to work. However, my advisor was often difficult to deal with, and the compensation is usually less than you would receive in industry. If you find a good advisor, I definitely think that UVA would be a great place to complete your Ph.D. studies.

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Good work/life balance, low stress

Cons

Some advisors are difficult to deal with
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Basically no compensation for doing the work of a Professor

You get paid nothing for doing all the work. Teaching undergrads is very rewarding, but there are no jobs afterwards and no support. The company is a business at the end of the day.
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Better than most

A decent place to work with good benefits and potential for advancement. That said, most people are stressed out and don’t seemed satisfied with their jobs. Everything is complicated and the systems seem outdated. Higher Ed is moving in the wrong direction.

Pros

Great leave policy, many paid holidays

Cons

Overly complicated, stressful
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Great place to work

Enjoyable place to work. The university does a good job of providing resources to succeed no matter what position you have. Personal experience will depend on your position and most importantly the people you work with.
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Great place for Graduate Students looking for internships.

My program requires us to intern in a lab for the school year and I currently intern with a professor in the School of Education. I thoroughly enjoy my time with my team and they're very open with letting us have a sense of autonomy instead of hovering over our shoulders.
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Underappreciated

The University has many open positions where a college degree is not required, but your opportunities for advancement without a degree are slim to none.

Pros

Flexibility

Cons

Boring
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Learning environment

Great environment to learn from colleagues, professors, and peers. Fast-paced and high pressure environment in which much is expected of lower-level interns, teaching assistants or adjuncts.
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Nice Organization, but every school and department has a different culture

Depending on what department and team you join, you will either love or hate UVA. But overall if you get a good team its a great place to work. The PTO and holidays off are the best perk. Work life balance is great depending on manager.Downside is it is a political culture with big fish / small pond leaders and with ridiculous egos. Many managers and directors are jerks and are very snobby because they are at UVA. But they worked at a local small business with 5 staff prior so they arent as great or smart as they think they are.Pay is all over - you may have a great salary or be way underpaid. Youll have peers who do the same job with same experience as you, but make 20-30k/yr more than you.

Pros

Pto

Cons

Salaries are unfair
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Supportive environment

I have had great supervisors that are supportive, provide good work/life balance, and help me reach my work and personal goals. They also have good benefits and generous time off.
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Stressful

Horrible management. I developed anxiety and depression while working here. Doctors treat staff horribly, nurses weren’t compassionate nor empathetic. RUN!

Pros

Free therapy

Cons

Everything
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Poor management and Job culture

Management was horrible. They was not able to manage interactions with people. This caused a toxic work environment that was focused on the grad students. Technicians needed to watch out because they were on the bottom of the pecking order.

Pros

Flexible schedule, benefits

Cons

Toxic work environment, Lousy FEAP and HR
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Good place to work once advanced

UVA is a good place to work at. Management was nice most of the time and gave off when needed. Co-workers gossiped a lot but thats not unusual for a work place. Solid pay.
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