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UMBC Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
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  1.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Better teachers

  2.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    Small community, Helpful faculty, Good undergrad study

    Cons

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

  3.  

    close knit community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at UMBC part-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Stuck in a time warp!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Business processes are outdated and should reviewed more often to determine where improvements are necessary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update the business processes and utilize technology more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good overall quality, but there is room for improvement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Baltimore, MD

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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Satisfied Adjunct Faculty

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at UMBC as a contractor (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

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

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

    I have been working at UMBC part-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    It was an alright experience, I didn't really gain that much experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMBC part-time

    Pros

    Friendly people that are professional

    Cons

    Not enough hours or promotions.

    Recommends
  10.  

    Good stepping stone if you want to step out...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Tuition remission is a good tradeoff since you won't be paid well. In other words, don't expect private industry salary from a state-run university. Nevertheless, feel free to take advantage of tuition remission benefits, but read the fine print very closely to make sure you won't be charged taxes on your tuition remission benefit (unless you can afford receiving a partial pay check for several weeks at a time).

    Cons

    See pros...there's always a flip-side to everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's never ok to make an employee feel like they can be easily replaced even if they can especially if they feel they are not being paid according to their skills and experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Friendly place to work, but no promotions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Catonsville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Catonsville, MD

    I have been working at UMBC

    Pros

    Friendly, warm, flexible hours, close to home.

    Cons

    No increases, no COLAs, no merits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to Non-Exempts and help them to reclassify.

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