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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
460 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 18 reviews)

  • Tuition remission, friendly work atmosphere, and amazing resources such as the health center (in 25 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.  

    A Solid Place for Engineering Graduate School

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    Competitive stipends for engineering graduate students.

    Schedule can be very flexible, although it is strongly dependent on supervisor/adviser.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of bureaucracy/red tape, particularly when trying to make purchases.

    Most professors are more focused on research, so there is a large variation in the quality of graduate classes.

    Very few official vacation days provided, but you can typically work out an informal agreement with your supervisor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Off Campus Housing Consultant

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    Former Employee - Off Campus Housing Consultant  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Off Campus Housing Consultant in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Very Friendly
    - Easy to learn how office operates
    - Great opportunity to develop people skills and communications skills
    - Never too stressed with work and supervisors are very understanding

    Cons

    - Not much work to do (Find a lot of time doing your own work)
    - Hours determined by round robin
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work but hours could be distributed better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    research assistant intern

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    Current Employee - Lab Research Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Lab Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    good working environment, friendly coworkers, negotiable boss,
    you can learn a lot from lab. some time you have to work on weekend because of the extra experiment but the other time are pretty flexible.

    Cons

    no windows in the lab, and it takes a while( at least 5~10 minutes ) to walk to the nearest restaurant / food place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Relax working environment

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Systems Analyst  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Senior IT Systems Analyst in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working at UMD consider a state employee with a lot of benefits such as a 3 weeks pay vacation and regular 2% living cost increase. Depend where you work, flexible work hour and telecommute is available. Also, allow us to attend out-of-state conferences as a part of career development.

    Cons

    The salary is not comparable with private companies and there is no bonus. Working environment is not as good as private companies especially for IT employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hoping to change the working environment more friendly and better facility. Also need to promote family like relationship between employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place for undergraduate student experience

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    Current Employee - Student Programmer  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Student Programmer in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    -very accommodating of school/exam schedules
    -committed to helping students learn skills and get experience that will help them when they graduate
    -overall kind and welcoming staff

    Cons

    -no raises throughout the company due to budget cuts, and low salaries to begin with
    -sometimes there just isn't a lot of work to do, so you may end up doing something menial for a while or finding busywork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better as soon as possible and give them more challenging tasks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Laboratory Intern

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    Former Employee - Lab Intern  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Lab Intern in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    You get experience from working on projects, all of which you can put on your resume. You build good connections and have people you can ask for references. Graduate students were nice and approachable.

    Cons

    I didn't get paid. Most undergraduate student researchers don't.

    Recommends
  8.  

    University of Maryland is a cool environment to work at

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    very talented environment. I did my internship there in Summer 2013. My mentor and supervisor were very helpful to lead me get the essential for my project

    Cons

    I wish my contract is longer. It is hard for students or interns to work as a team. Everyone is doing his own stuff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility, Convenience, Easy going, Opportunities for motivated individuals, State health benefits

    Cons

    Big administration and can be easily forgotten if you don't make a name for your self. Very conventional administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more vibe with unorthodox approach. Too conventional and hard to breakthrough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent salary and work conditions; great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Research Scientist  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It depends a lot on your department. Mine was very good about professional development and the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    The rules for non-tenure-track faculty are all over the place and regulations and job path are not clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize the role of non-tenure-track faculty within the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience to begin your career with as a student

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    Former Employee - Faculty Research Assistant  in  College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Faculty Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Flexibility of hours (as a student)
    - Challenging work; you can apply what you've learn in class to your work
    - Great experience
    - Good benefits
    - Tuition remission

    Cons

    - Processing/calculating data can sometimes be mundane work
    - Not a lot of promotion potential, have to wait for someone to leave/retire before moving up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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