University of Maryland Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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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. Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked under great professor who allowed me to have a significant part in research. Flexible hours that worked around my class schedule.

    Cons

    Research based job so salary depended on the money received from the research grant so when the fund in the grant have been depleted, you do not get paid.


  2. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Junior Systems Administrator in Bowie, MD
    Current Employee - Junior Systems Administrator in Bowie, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Team environment. You will not be left hanging.

    Cons

    Some people get carried away in their own world


  3. Overall Fantastic

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    Current Employee - General Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - General Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible contracts with good pay.

    Cons

    Issues with tuition reimbursement and plenty of red tape.


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  5. Administrative Assistant II

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Greenbelt, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Greenbelt, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Everyone was very friendly to work with and very easy going. It was a very nice environment to work and there is always something new to learn.

    Cons

    There were a few people that were not very friendly, but you have to overlook that. Most of the co-workers were very nice. The money is little less than the private industry, but your schooling is covered if you want to go back to school, which is a plus.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful how you treat the people who work under you.


  6. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    The University of Maryland School of Medicine offers a good benefit package; however no retirement benefits as a postdoctoral fellow. Campus has recreational facilities

    Cons

    No retirement benefits are included in the postdoctoral fellow salary. Campus is in West Baltimore, which can get dangerous, especially after dark and on weekends when police presence is low

    Advice to Management

    it would help to implement an escort service for employees leaving later in the evening or maybe a shuttle service.


  7. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good environment and work life balance

    Cons

    Neighborhood is kind of boring.


  8. Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I love the Diversity at the University of Maryland. I like working for Professors versa Business Management.

    Cons

    I prefer to not work for certain Management but you cannot help it at an University of a Business alone.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people like you want to be treated.


  9. Great place to work as an undergrad

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a TA, the work was exciting. You get to talk about the subjects you love, and the more enthusiastic you are, the better it is.

    Cons

    Sometimes the grading becomes a little intensive. You need to set aside more time than you'd expect to do it correctly.

    Advice to Management

    The professors often have very little experience in teaching pedagogy. There really should be some course to orient professors with how to effectively communicate material. This inability leads to some classrrom activities being given to TAs which do very little for the learning process.


  10. Good resources and beautiful campus

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's located at college park, near US-FDA. So people work here have close relationships with US-FDA, which is very important as you share the resources with them as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes things could take a long time if not meeting the specific requirements.


  11. A renowned physics department

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The University of Maryland has many research opportunities for physics Ph.D. students. Once they know you, the administration is very helpful and certainly works with students to take care of any paperwork. Student's I've worked with have had many opportunities after graduating. The graduate student community is also quite tight-knit and helpful.

    Cons

    As with any top-tear research school, work can get a little overwhelming. This is really specific to a student's advisor, but the school definitely protects the tough advisors who bring in a lot of grant money. Grad student stipend is enough to get by but not much more.

    Advice to Management

    It may seem like a good idea to host social events at 4 o'clock on a Friday, but many students have more expected of them than to leave the lab early. I personally felt excluded from these events because of the time at which the occurred. Many of us are hard working and under a lot of pressure, and merely creating an image of a relaxed and fun environment doesn't necessarily create one. If the department really wants to produce a laid-back atmosphere, the expectations for students should be clearly presented and the department should work with advisors to cooperatively embrace self-care.



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