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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
765 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Depends so much on department and status

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Fine for a student job, but don't expect to stay there

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    Former Employee - Media Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Media Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of resources, generally a good atmosphere, some fun work. It's a great school and you'll work with some very cool people.

    Cons

    The school is too big. No matter what department you work in, there are all kinds of issues with cross-departmental communication (or lack thereof), and lots of hoops to jump through if you want to get anything done. The most discouraging part though is that student workers (at least where I worked) get a raw deal. We ended up with not as many hours as promised, poor management that didn't communicate well, and motivated performance wasn't rewarded. You can try to go above and beyond, but it won't get you anywhere and there's essentially no chance for upward movement or pay raises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    If you work as an Administrative Assistant at UM, your job is never secure.

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

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of co-workers, on-the-job training, free bus pass.

    Cons

    Doctors and faculty rule, even to the point of being allowed to be abusive to Administrative Assistants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that we play a valuable role in assisting doctors and faculty to do their job. Increase pay, protect us from abusive doctors and faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Fun, but not much motivation

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

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The job was relaxing as long as you showed up to work and did the bare minimum. It was a good research experience

    Cons

    Wouldn't be a good job if you are not currently a student

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to hiring people who are not "In the system"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Big university, good insurance for employees.

    Cons

    So big that you feel lost. Your concerns are not always heard.

  11.  

    Great people, lots of red tape

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    Former Employee - Media Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Media Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved working with the people in my department. They were smart and open to hearing ideas from younger staff members. It was part-time, but the hours were flexible.

    Cons

    It was hard to always get things done or move up. There always seemed to be a line up of people that needed to approve something before anything got there. No real room for growth and it was easy to get stuck in your position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep talking to your employees--many of them have great potential!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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