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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
803 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is unlike anywhere else I have ever worked (in 23 reviews)

  • great benefits (for full-time) including world-class hospital and 401(k) matching (in 45 reviews)


Cons
  • Talk with other graduate students to see if your situtation is reasonable (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours may be required to balance work and life (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work/life balance, compensation is low.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Work with very intelligent people. Intellectually-stimulating environment. Exposure to academics and thought leaders through work and attendance at a variety of events. Easy to continue your education if you wish, take part in interest areas across campus.

    Cons

    Patriarchal culture. Compensation half what I made in the private sector (lower is to be expected, but half is not sustainable long-term). I would rate the company much higher if staff salaries were more competitive. Bureaucratic, slow procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Instructional Assistant

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    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Instructional Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Being an instructional assistant is one of the best student jobs here at U of M. Great pay, not many hours impeding success in other classes, and the people I work with are really experienced in their field.

    Cons

    I really wish that communication was better. I sometimes had to email my boss 4 times before he responded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work! Communication between teaching staff is key.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    It was OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Pros

    I liked the other employees that I worked with.

    Cons

    I did not like my boss at all. They were absolutely terrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Unreliable management

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    Current Employee - Cook II in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Cook II in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and flexible scheduling.

    Cons

    Management gets lost in bureaucratic nonsense. Little to no accountability for failures on the part of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look up some techniques about the factors that make management acceptable. E.g. trust.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    I worked as a grader for Math 454, a partial differential equations course taught to mainly engineering students

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    Former Employee - Math Grader in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Math Grader in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    One professor was very well organized, he provided a clear, detailed rubric to work with
    Very flexible schedule

    Cons

    Other professor didn't have his class in order, took a long time to tell me he had homework ready to grade and expected it returned within a day
    Pay is low

    Recommends
  7.  

    I do a lot of programming and other stuff.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    My family gets free education, healthcare and stuff like that.

    Cons

    Too much work, health insurance is not that great

  8.  

    UM is a machine!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Pros

    engaged and committed colleagues, exploring cutting edge issues.

    Cons

    purely outcomes oriented i.e., number of publications, regardless of quality. surprising lack of methodological rigor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    There's good...and there's bad

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty good. TONS of time off, which is more attractive the older you get. Work with mostly smart people (although not always possessing much common sense). Better job security than the real world. Many researchers are genuinely committed to the area they study and passionate about their work, and it is always invigorating to work with people who are passionate about what they do. Facilities are generally lovely.

    Cons

    Low pay for experience. If you deal with faculty, you must always tiptoe around egos and humbly accept your position in the world as (sneer) "staff." The university does not employ good business practices, from utterly illogical (de-centralized) hiring processes to daily decision-making. No one is thinking about what makes sense in the long run. Faculty just want to get their grants--which, to be fair, is how they are rewarded. Staff largely don't care a lot and rarely go the extra mile. (That's the downside of high job security.) Problems are not defined before "solutions" are adopted -- there is a general lack of process to any decision-making. Very little strategic thinking. Researchers are quick to eschew partnering with the for-profit sector, although some changes in that thinking have been seen lately. Researchers do not think much about what the really important research questions are; most work is derivative and incremental in nature -- changing one small variable from someone else's research (again, this is what the NIH and other federal funding agencies reward). Management and true leadership skills are sorely lacking (ironic, as U-M supposedly trains the "leaders and best"). Parking. Dear god, the parking. Untenable at most facilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faculty desperately need leadership training. Being a great researcher (or great grant-getter, which is what it really is defined as) does NOT make someone qualified to be a leader. In fact, it seems to be the opposite set of skills.
    More parking lots!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Depends so much on department and status

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time

    Pros

    Great health insurance, generous time off and good retirement plans. Some managers/departments are very good at allowing flexible schedules and other things that help with work/life balance.

    Cons

    Your status (faculty versus staff) and department can make a big difference in treatment, job satisfaction and salary. Some departments pay very well while others (library) pay very poorly for similar work. Staff are often treated like dirt and often faculty members can be downright hateful and abusive to those they think beneath them in education, status etc, especially if you won't break policy for them.

  11.  

    Very good benefits. Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    I have worked here for 9 years there are great benefits, healthcare, tuition reimbursement. Great working environment. World class healthcare center.

    Cons

    Having a very hard time moving up. Although I make a decent salary I'm unable to get a promotion. There is a need to promote from within and offer training to help employee move up the company.

    No opinion of CEO

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