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University of Maryland Reviews in Maryland

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
508 Reviews
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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 10 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    Access to research participant pool.

    Cons

    Your quality of life and research career depends almost entirely on your faculty sponsor. There is no room to move up. Most faculty in my department don't care about their research staff or their grad students. It is an opportunity for them to use and waste others' research skills and careers. They will also blatantly lie about policies and salary increase opportunities. It is unclear whom to turn to for career guidance or to be an advocate for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    "Diversity" Hazard Zone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tuition remission? Women's sports? Fast food?

    Surrounding ghetto is usually held at bay?

    Cons

    Culture is poisonously incestuous. Administration encourages and promotes backstabbers and sadists. If you haven't been rendered miserable or irrelevant within 5 years you're likely just the type of masochist or martyr they want. Siege mentality prevails throughout the warring factions and employee abuse is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No such creature exists at Maryland. Its Medieval culture belongs in the Maryland Renaissance festival as an exhibit.

    No good deed goes unpunished; and the beatings will continue until attitudes improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Part time job. Was no where related to my field

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

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

    Pros

    enough pay to match the living expenses

    Cons

    The professor under whom I worked was a wanna be perfectionist. He had no idea what he wanted and was never happy with anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want something done in the right way, make sure you define the right way instead of just asking someone to use their judgement

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Horrible place to work!!

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    Former Employee - Take A Big Guess!!!!! in Largo, MD
    Former Employee - Take A Big Guess!!!!! in Largo, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland

    Pros

    The only good thing about work in "this department" is the coworkers your meet! They will become long lasting friends!

    Cons

    Management is incompetent , they rather hire externally and they really hire people that don't understand the lasting history of "this department". Management is up right disrespectful and have no respect for staff. You cant advance unless you're a certain "blank" and young and it's clearly depicted in "this department" upper management. This group of employees apply for positions and never get interviews, you just feel stuck. No cares and you're just treated like a piece of trash! Stay away no benefits whats so ever!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer raises to staff and benefits that actually do their jobs . Learn that if you offer things like this you would not have such a high turn over. Respect employees because they are not children! Remember you will never meet any numbers if you don't have staff that is happy. Get it right or this University will continue to go down!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    You do want to work at UMUC

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    Current Employee - Advisor in Largo, MD
    Current Employee - Advisor in Largo, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland

    Pros

    Flexible leave except during enrollment periods. The location in largo has a nice space. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Contingent employment= poor benefits. Low morale in the advising departments. Little room for advancement. Leadership is awful. High turnover, esp in advising.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at the business processes within the University. Many of them don't serve the students Departments need to communicate better with each other. You don't get more by giving your employees less, you'll just keep getting the bare mininum.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place for women and minorities.

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

    I have been working at University of Maryland

    Pros

    They offer a generous benefits package with twenty three days of vacation offered to start.

    The University atmosphere offers the energy of the large student body.

    Cons

    I find it a difficult place to be a minority faculty member. I am not treated as a colleague. At faculty orientation, the Unviersity posted charts that admitted to the high attrition of minority faculty members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not feel it is a positive work environment for minority faculty members. I feel that this is an important issue and should be addressed by the administration.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    UMBC is not all that great to work at. Average at best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland

    Pros

    Summers off because it is so hot and humid in July and August.
    High level of student diversity.
    The good students, are very good.

    Cons

    Despite being a research university, it is still a very immature academic culture compared with older universities.
    Lack of collegiality.
    Faculty are overworked on many levels.
    Too many poor decisions are made in a panic or rush.
    General ignorance of various areas at the university.
    Lack of communication between various areas and entities of the university.
    Because of lack of communication, there are many missed opportunities to share resources and expertise.
    University staff never answer the phone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are too many administrators (like most universities). More full time faculty need to be hired and put in charge. Less full time upper management staff. Less middle level staff.
    A university president should have a term limit of 10-15 years. New blood is essential for progress and new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Customer service does not equal education.

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    Former Employee - Academic Adviser in Adelphi, MD
    Former Employee - Academic Adviser in Adelphi, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland

    Pros

    Work in a college environment, tuition remission, and it sure looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Absolutely no flexibility whatsoever, Management out of touch with its workers and students, employee treated with disdain, no plan for advancement, no health insurance, minimal vacation days, no unpaid leave, change is not managed well, one hand does not know what the other hand is doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is important to grow, but growth comes at a costs. UMUC's primary goal should be to educate students, not customer service. Instead of emulating for-profit education institutes, develop support programs to educate the student body. At present, it appears that the only goal is to increase enrollments, and push students through as fast as possible. The integrity of the degree, and the institution should be of higher importance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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