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University of Maryland Reviews in Maryland

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
507 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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    Student Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland

    Pros

    Technically brilliant folks . Very relaxing environment. No hurries

    Cons

    Not well managed. Things are all around and engineers have to gather all the pieces one by one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have discussions more often with regular employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good Atomosphere

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    Current Employee - Student Web Developer in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Student Web Developer in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    - Good work school balance
    - Managers are nice
    - Free Food sometimes

    Cons

    - Very low pay
    - No Personal Growth
    - No interesting projects

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Senior Management needs to improve Leadership and Ideas

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    I am on staff in one of the colleges and have loved it because of the people I work with and the environment. Benefits are really great.

    Cons

    Little to no chance for advancement for staff. An entrenched "rankism" exists -- the belief that only a PhD can do the job. Management lacks ideas and eschews risk-taking or innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much micro-managing and not enough leadership. Although faculty are allowed to work from home, staff is discouraged from doing so. Men are paid higher salaries for same work as women.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, fun working with students, nice to work in a lab

    Cons

    Pay was not great, the higher staff was constantly changing the curriculum at the last minute, causing the TAs to feel unprepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out the kinks of the curriculum before the semester begins!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Each Lab is a Different Environment

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

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible as long as you get your work done. Most PIs are understanding about family matters. More holidays then just the federal ones - nice break @ Christmas and Spring break.

    Cons

    No real childcare available on campus. Have to pay for parking. Work-life balance is difficult because research funding in always sparse and so you feel pressure to do more every week. Each PI is very different in how they train and interact with the people in the labs.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good benefits not a lot of innovation

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    Former Employee - Academic Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Academic Coordinator in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits including automatic contributions to your retirement account, flexible schedule if you are in the right department

    Cons

    Have to pay for parking. Little ability to advance. New ideas are met with "we tried that 10 years ago and it didn't work"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good So Far

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    Current Employee - Food Server in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Food Server in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free Shuttle Bus if you don't have a car ( Staff or Student ID required ). Food ( All You Can Eat ) is only $2.00 if you work at one of the Diners. Lots of ( unpaid ) vacations: 1 week during the Christmas Holidays, 2 weeks during the Spring Break and of course, 3 whole months during the summer.

    Cons

    If you work at one of the food Diners, you are required to show up even when it's snowing, students have to eat so they need diner staff to prepare, cook and serve food.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I had mxed feelings with being a research assistant

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice acdemic environment, lots of facilities for research, lots of good classes for you to choose, school is very international, close to D.C. area,

    Cons

    Crime rate is increasing, increased tuition and mandatory fee each year, parking lots are scarce, salary is low, living expense is very high, out of school people aren't friendly in the area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    floater

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    Former Employee - Floter in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Floter in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    great boss good work hours

    Cons

    low pay almost no benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Easy work, flexible hours

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    Former Employee - IT Client Support in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - IT Client Support in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Laid back office
    -you set your own schedule
    -easy
    -when you work with a nice caller it's a good job

    Cons

    -boring during time between calls
    -as with any phone support you will get called by jerks
    -sometimes too laidback. There are frequently times when there's nothing to do so everyone just faffs about for a while. Up to 1 hour between calls when you're just sitting around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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