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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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4.0 233 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh

Dr. Wallace D. Loh

(98 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 17 reviews)

  • Tuition remission, friendly work atmosphere, and amazing resources such as the health center (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • a) The stipend is too low to cover the expenses of the college park/silver spring neighborhood (in 9 reviews)

  • While entry level pay is very nice do not expect the pay at advanced positions to equal the private sector (in 6 reviews)

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    Food Service Aide

    Food Service Aide (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsThe best reason to work there is help the students feel more like home. Taking care of their needs as best you can.

    ConsThe cons of working there is no one likes to work as a team. They have a lot of people that don't speak English and don't have the same view about the students

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    10 Yrs Employment + Education but No Room to Grow

    Assistant Director (Current Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsGreat vacation time packages for exempt employees, tuition remission benefits for staff and their families, college atmosphere, students are great, beautiful campus environment, decent transportation system

    ConsSalaries way below market for the metro DC area, three furloughs and no pay raises for the past six years, non-exempt employees receive low pay and are not as respected as exempt employees, few opportunities for advancement -- even if you have degrees from the institution

    Advice to Senior Management- Respect all employees, not just those with advanced degrees. Non-exempt employees do the work that most people don't want to do.
    - A lot of talented people leave the University because the pay is horrible.
    - Respect education and experience. It's surprising that a university does not value education, even if a job candidate attended school there.
    - There should be clear pathways for advancement. This would help in retaining a lot of newer employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) College Park, MD

    Pros1. Reputation - UMD has an excellent reputation, is a high-ranked school, and looks good on your resume

    Cons1. Overworked - you are expected to work longer hours than you are paid for
    2. Supervisor treatment - being stomped on, disrespected, and belittled is common across campus
    3. Unprofessional Culture - if this were a company in the private sector, the majority of people that work here would have been fired long ago

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your Teaching and Research Assistants. One day they will be your peers. And maybe supervisors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Creativity Stifled

    Lecturer (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    Prosdecent pay, flexible hours, good location

    Conshorrible leadership. very inflexible, their way or the highway

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to your staff. incorporating their feedback into your work does not make the work any less "yours". stop being so obsessed with taking credit for things. collaboration would help, esp when it would stop ppl from running with horrible ideas.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK Pay, but go elsewhere for better QoL/job satisfaction

    Lecturer (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    Pros- Generous compensation for a state school salary
    - A few very nice and professional coworkers

    Cons- Class size too large/inflexible policies. I taught 2 undergrad classes that were 60 - 80 students each. I didn't think this would be a problem at all, until I learned the school requires certain things be included as part of the syllabus for certain classes. For example a term paper. If I have to grade 80 15-20 page papers, I wanted to have the assignment be due a week or two before the semester ended. I was told that since it was a final assignment, I couldn't change the due date- it had to be due the day/time during which a final would be otherwise given. Long story short: I had 1 week to grade 80 term papers, and was not allowed to forego other work during the week to do it.

    - In my other class, I gave a final exam. These exams are scheduled to be 3hrs long. Several of my students came to me saying they had 2 3-hr exams prior. These poor kids would have been test-taking for 6 hours before they even got to my exam. When I filed a request to allow students to take it late/early, I was denied and told that there are too many instances of cheating when they do this.

    -Another con: this job does not reimburse for local travel or expenses. Events I was required to attend out of state were not paid for, nor was comp time allowed. I was told "that's life, you can't nickel and dime everything". Now at my current job, I am encouraged to nickel and dime everything and be compensated fairly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider giving lecturers and department heads more autonomy. Having to pass something up 6 levels wastes time, money, and resources, and as a result things move at the pace of a terrapin.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Beware extremely low salaries! Subject to more lay-offs and state furloughs! Not even COLAs!

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsEmployees have access to great benefit like libraries, events, tuition remission for self and kids, and decent medical coverage. Beautiful campus, easily accessible. Near major highways, metro train and bus routes. Several restaurants in the area. Approx 15 mins from Washington DC. Excellent work life balance. Enjoy working with my coworkers and students. Union for non-exempt staff. Most people stay because of the tuition benefits esp if they have children. Good job for two-income household.

    ConsExtremely low pay!! If you are a single parent, don't have a degree, and don't negotiate a high salary during your interview, your doomed! You will become a member of the "working poor" class. I've been employed at the UMD for over six years and never received a raise, or COLA, only state furloughs which means I've lost money! Subject to additional furloughs. The cost of parking increases and medical coverage increases each year. But salaries for non-exempt staff remain the same. Non exempt staff have no opportunities for advancement within current position/unit. Must apply for jobs in other units if they choose to advance. Doesn't seem to value non exempt employees or those without a college degree.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries! We are among the lowest wage earners in the DC Metro area,one of the highest cost of living areas in the country. The pay is so low that some full-time employees must acquire Food Stamps to supplement income ,this is shameful!! Employees should not have to leave current positions or the university to advance! Additionally, we should be able to apply for some university jobs non-competitively, just like the Federal Government.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unfair, incompetent, subjective management

    Shuttle Driver (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsSometimes, get paid for just sitting around (standby shifts).

    ConsThe good things you do are not recognized. Your performance is subjectively evaluated. Promotions are subjectively given. No respect for entry level employees, even ones that have been around for a while.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees.

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    This review is with respect strictly in UMD OIT, the IT department.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsUniversity benefits are better than corporate (5 weeks vacation, paid 403b, free tuition) and pay rivals that of corporate IT in major cities.

    ConsUpper management is brain dead, uninspired and highly risk adverse even for the higher ed. and government sector, both of which this company falls under. It is a state university and MD politicians pulled a week’s salary in 2008, 2009 and 2 more weeks are slated for 2010. More problematic is upper level management (CIO) not recognizing ineffective and cancerous mid management that often opts for decisions counter productive or even completely against the interest of the department and it’s constituents (faculty, students, external research groups). Moral is low; as promotion is null and work runs at a bucolic pace. This is where people look for a lifetime job and go to die. If you like money, a fast, energetic environment and ability to find successive positions; stick to corporate. State and federal government is dead and bloated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would offer, however it would be ignored and end up as another useless sheet of paper filed in a labyrinth of cabinets in a basement.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low Employee Morale

    PeopleSoft Analyst (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsGood Benefits, Long Term Security, College Assistance if you have kids at College age.

    ConsLow Employee Morale. Very slow paced Environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate an Environment for the employees to succeed.
    Keep the Employees focused on the bigger goal.
    Facilitate sharing of information
    And let the experts do their job instead of micro managing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tuition is expensive, so you might as well have them pay for it.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) College Park, MD

    ProsTuition remission and schedule flexibility

    ConsIncompetence of management, lack of respect for student workers, ridiculous pay scales

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your graduate student workers with higher salaries.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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