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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
481 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 19 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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    Graduate Teaching Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tuition waived. Good insurance plans.

    Cons

    Sometimes would work longer hours than paid for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good Experience, Good Work Place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Communications Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working in the offices as a student can be pretty awesome because they understand that you're a student and are juggling both work and a job. Get great experience as a student because they try to shape your experience based on what you want.

    Cons

    It can be a little disappointing when you have work scheduled during a huge campus event. But that's life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider giving raises to students who have been working there longer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Librarian in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Librarian in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and there are a lots of smart and friendly people to work with. Getting access to free software like Photoshop is an awesome side benefit.

    Cons

    The problem with UMD is the great deal of bureaucracy that comes with a large state university. The area around the campus isn't really that great and you always get police reports of armed and unarmed robberies in the area late at night. Not the best salaries compared to the expensive DC area.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Data Entry Specialist

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    Current Employee - Data Entry Specialist in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Data Entry Specialist in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Supervisors are very helpful and hours are very flexible. You can have a balance of work and school life.

    Cons

    You do not gain much skills or grow as a data entry specialist. The only experience you gain is Microsoft excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Graduate Research Assistant...not to bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tuition Paid for
    Livable Stipend
    Set my own hours
    Good education
    Professors available to help often
    Shuttle bus system
    Great benefits for a grad student (medical and dental) if needed

    Cons

    I do wish I got paid more...
    No chance for bonuses, really
    Parking sucks on campus (small spots, over-crowded lots)
    Adviser may be absent often or down your throat depending on who it is, all depends on who you get

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Solid Place for Engineering Graduate School

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    Off Campus Housing Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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 (more than an 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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    Relax working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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    Great place for undergraduate student experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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

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