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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
451 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Not a great vibe

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    beautiful campus, close a lot in the winter, compensation is good for some projects

    Cons

    authoritarian culture, some terrible people there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be laid back, don't fire people unless they really are bad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Food Service Aide

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    Former Employee - Food Service Aide  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Food Service Aide in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    10 Yrs Employment + Education but No Room to Grow

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    Salaries 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching Assistants

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect your Teaching and Research Assistants. One day they will be your peers. And maybe supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Creativity Stifled

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Lecturer in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    decent pay, flexible hours, good location

    Cons

    horrible leadership. very inflexible, their way or the highway

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Lecturer in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Beware extremely low salaries! Subject to more lay-offs and state furloughs! Not even COLAs!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employees 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.

    Cons

    Extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Unfair, incompetent, subjective management

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    Former Employee - Shuttle Driver  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Shuttle Driver in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees.

  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Low Employee Morale

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    Former Employee - PeopleSoft Analyst  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - PeopleSoft Analyst in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low Employee Morale. Very slow paced Environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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