University of Maryland Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh
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Pros
  • Personal growth, great work life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • I plan to take advantage of tuition remission at some point (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • College park is not the greatest town (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay is sometimes lower than in the private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Like many employers, your ability to succeed professionally depends on what department you work in.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There's usually a place to grab coffee or a bite if you're hungry.

    Cons

    The pay is very low, especially at the satellite locations. To give an example, they want an employee with at least five years' relevant experience AND a master's degree, all for a whopping 32k per year with restricted benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect to attract so-called "A-players" with a "C-player" salary package.


  2. It was exhausting.

    Former Employee - Math Grader in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Math Grader in College Park, MD

    Pros

    easy to get grading jobs even for undergraduates

    Cons

    only paid for a certain number of hours


  3. University of Maryland Police/Department of Public Safety

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Supervisor in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Culture needs improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Not a great vibe

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (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 Management

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


  7. Lead Technologist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Technologist in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (Less than a 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 Management

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


  8. Food Service Aide

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Food Service Aide in College Park, MD
    Former Contractor - Food Service Aide in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  9. 10 Yrs Employment + Education but No Room to Grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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.


  10. Teaching Assistants

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (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 Management

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


  11. Adjunct at UMES

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Princess Anne, MD
    Former Contractor - Adjunct Instructor in Princess Anne, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland as a contractor (More than a 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 Management

    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.



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