UMBC Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  • A good place to learn new things and meet new friends from different countries and cultures (in 3 reviews)

  • A great place to learn and work (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • No cons from my personal experience (in 4 reviews)

  • No cons, as this is a great place to work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 5 star school, 3 star workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Admissions in Baltimore, MD

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great university with excellent PR & marketing of their students & professors accomplishments. Top rated school for many years & President Hrabowski is an amazing leader & gets things done. A lot of new facilities on campus. Overall a great school to attend, but maybe not one of the best to work at.

    Cons

    HR: lengthy processes & mandatory abhorrent orientations for new hires, including waiting 4 weeks to get your first paycheck?! State institution that suffers furlow days, salary cuts, hiring freezes & more monetary injustice to employees who are not being paid much to begin with. Campus is constantly under construction, but employees salaries were being cut – doesn't make much sense?

    Advice to Management

    As an alumni & former employee, I experienced many of the same consistent bureaucratic frustrations of dealing with the administrative departments on campus, massive amounts of paperwork and procedures for every minor thing, waiting in line @ some offices is akin to the DMV. Advice: realize that your employees are the best resource you have at a school, nothing else.


  2. Amazing Place to Work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at UMBC (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    An amazing group of faculty members and students under one roof.

    Cons

    Please see comments below. Under Advice to Management

    Advice to Management

    Consider hiring people based on their credentials and not just friends, family members or people in your circle. If you took this advice you would have stronger programs and departments. I still love this place as Dr. Hrabowski has tried to do so much to change the climate and help all learners. An amazing President for an amazing University.


  3. research assistant

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMBC

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    fexible working hour during week

    Cons

    low compensation, repeat service to the public

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


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  5. It's okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMBC

    Pros

    It's okay. Not great but not terrible. Science majors may feel better than other majors. More attention is paid to nerds and "hard majors" than anything else.

    Cons

    Can get segregated at times. Can also get depressing. It's an extremely tough place but doesn't get the recognition it deserves. You will probably not graduate in 4 years. 5 is normal.

    Advice to Management

    Better teachers


  6. Fun place to work

    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Small community, Helpful faculty, Good undergrad study

    Cons

    Less funding opportunity, Very small number of faculty in Electrical Engineering


  7. close knit community

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at UMBC part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    very friendly atmosphere, get to work with students, work-life balance is good, good benefits

    Cons

    opportunity for advancement non-existent, salary, no industry training,

    Advice to Management

    allow staff to join appropriate work-related associations, and receive training


  8. Stuck in a time warp!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Catonsville, MD
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Catonsville, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Business processes are outdated and should reviewed more often to determine where improvements are necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Update the business processes and utilize technology more.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Satisfied Adjunct Faculty

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Professor in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at UMBC as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    My Dept Chair was fantastic. The Best students are truly outstanding. An impressive resume builder, while you look for a career job inside or outside of academia. Great for if you want to teach just for the love or teaching, or to build your resume.

    Cons

    No benefits for adjuncts. (We were encouraged to sign up for Medicaid.) Salary is terrible--$3,700 or so for one class, per semester. I was given a lot of student--about 50--meaning that my workload was very high for my incredibly low salary and no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Create living-wage full-time teaching positions. Your current school functions only because you exploit adjunct faculty.


  10. Good overall quality, but there is room for improvement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at UMBC full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A good place to learn new things and meet new friends from different countries and cultures

    Cons

    Salary is not very satisfying. Requires more investment to provide more state-of-the-art equipment


  11. Kind-hearted people who made common errors when attributing graphic design feedback

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at UMBC part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I discovered I am able to work with a variety of personalities on tight deadlines, and I was given a great opportunity to learn those skills. In fact, I found out that my co-workers were creative in finding ways of improving their surroundings.

    Cons

    I found out that university bureaucracy does not allow for the most creative expression. In other words, the university limited my ability by creative rigid and inflexible style guide requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a better understanding of the work before criticizing the improvements required.



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