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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
134 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.  

    Just okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Entrance Monitor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Entrance Monitor in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Easy work
    Can do homework
    A lot of people there
    Easy transition from working out to work

    Cons

    Boring work
    Full-time staff treat the student employees poorly and speak to them in a condescending tone
    Lack of values
    Lack of direction
    Deadend

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ramp up security for both students, workers and patrons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Slow moving, highly burecratic organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Internal Technology Team in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Internal Technology Team in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Pros

    - Easy to keep your job
    - No expectation of taking work home with you
    - Easy to move around within the U-M system (e.g. between departments)

    Cons

    - Very traditionally structured (e.g. tenure vs. merit)
    - Slow to adapt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    It was very rewarding.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Some of the best pros are the people you meet and the opportunities presented.

    Cons

    Some of the downside is that its hard to work your way up .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Depends on the department, working at Michigan can be great or can be a pain.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    There are flexible hours for individual tutors, as well as the benefit of building relationships with other students during employment.

    Cons

    Working with students can be a pain, especially if the tutoring job is drop in. Also, the compensation is better as a private tutor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Instructional Assistant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    It was OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Great work/life balance, compensation is low.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Unreliable management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    I do a lot of programming and other stuff.

    • Career Opportunities
    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

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