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University of Maryland Reviews in Maryland

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
508 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 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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    University of Maryland Police/Department of Public Safety

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

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

    Pros

    Some of my coworkers were highly motivated students who were on their way to government and law enforcement careers. Other coworkers are great, friendly people who make the awful conditions more bearable.

    Cons

    In general, if you're looking for opportunity, look elsewhere. Pay is low when compared to similar jobs, and advancement is nearly nonexistent. Widespread incompetence has limited (if any) repercussions. Expect to lose all work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove incompetent employees, and use the saved salary funds to pay the competent workers a competitive salary. Quality over quantity. This will solve the issue of your talent moving on to other jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Culture needs improvement

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

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Laid back. State government employee benefits are attractive especially when you have family who can attend the school.

    Cons

    Some measure of discrimination and old-school mentality of hierarchy in the work place. No room for career advancement based on merit and no reward for excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop some of the old mentality and strive for meritocracy and equability. People don't really come to work at the university for the money. They come there for the intangibles and you might be taking that away from them with the old mentality and discrimination going on here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    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 (less than an 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
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    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 (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
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    Lead Technologist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Good place to work instead ?

    Cons

    Supervisor does not have full knowledge and experienced to run lab, also she does not have real manner to talk to the workers.
    She has master degree don't know which subject from USA, so they hire her as Supervisor.
    She act as illiterate. Management have complete knowledge and are involve but never take any action about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management have to wake up instead sleeping and try to act as they supposed to act.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 (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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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
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    Adjunct at UMES

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Princess Anne, MD
    Former Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Princess Anne, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only pro was that it at least paid something.

    Cons

    No classroom equipment, absent administration, no office space for adjuncts, last-minute schedule changes (we're talking the first day of class).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get computers into the classrooms to professors don't have to bring their own laptops to try to hook up to projectors. Hire enough full-time faculty to cover the classes you want to offer. Stop exploiting adjuncts to teach absolutely everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    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 (more than an 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
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    not impressed with university of Maryland

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    great resources and opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    not team oriented and very under-staffed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-evaluation of over all objective

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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