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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
682 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great institution to work for, work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Academic setting - cutting edge research, great colleagues, bosses, and atmosphere (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The graduate students in non-science disciplines are always bugging you to become unionized (in 10 reviews)

  • Cold weather in winter will give you a hard time (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    I am a graduate student research assistant at the University of Michigan and have had an average experience overall.

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

    I have been working at University of Michigan for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The work-life balance is average for a graduate student and the ability to network has helped. The benefits are excellent for students.

    Cons

    Time-off policies are not always clear cut for graduate students.

  2.  

    ok place to work

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

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good leadership, a lot of resources, some part of the campus is really beautiful. flexible work hours,

    Cons

    Depending on the PI, some research labs can be really difficult to stay, unhealthy environment ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some PIs need to learn basic management skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    LEO Lecturer 1

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    Current Employee - Leo Lecturer I  in  Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Leo Lecturer I in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I am afforded with working for one of the top Universities in the US.

    Cons

    I am only an adjunct so, I work on an as needed basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice to have the LEO 1's on a permanent part-time basis, such as teaching one class for at least 2-3 semesters. This way we have a more guaranteed and steady work assignment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Varied experiences, needs room for more diversity

    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Wonderful university environment, filled with lots of events, restaurants, etc.

    Many resources at instructors' disposal (not just in library, but also in the form of technologies for the classroom, experiential learning, etc)

    Cons

    Though there are many resources, it is often hard of figuring out where to actually go to use them

    Not too much training outside of that specifically related to the subject being taught

    Stark imbalance amongst graduate student instructors' workload from subject to subject

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on your mission statement to promote and respect diversity on campus.

  6.  

    Good benefits, poor advancement

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    Current Employee - Registered Dietitian  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Registered Dietitian in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits including insurance (medical, dental, vision) and retirement. Great PTO (roughly 17hrs/month). Good flexibility with duties and interdisciplinary involvement on the clinical side.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, poor management and communication. Very little room for advancement and responsibility. Poor distribution of responsibilities between members of the same department with the same job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    You're Always learning something new

    Cons

    Their are no cons involved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain..." - L. Frank Baum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time

    Pros

    - It will look good on your CV/resume
    - Benefits are decent, but you better use them or lose them!
    - Great medical/scientific resources available FREE, including UM libraries & staff support.
    - Clinical supervisors & the patients we care for are top notch.

    Cons

    Pay below private sector, but I knew that when I accepted this position. Even worse, in our small area, is the blatant nepotism, bullying & legally questionable employment practices going on. Every dept is different - I'm speaking for a select area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your policies & then enforce them. Please revisit the one about about 'no backlash for reporting concerns....'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits, management style leaves much to be desired

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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 full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Benefits
    Retirement match
    Able to use annual leave without many questions from upper management (although campus should get on page with the health system and switch to a PTO format)

    Cons

    Micromanagement approach from overseeing units (I.e. Office of Research, or UMOR)
    Opportunities are limited for administrative staff
    Low compensation compared to corporate
    As mentioned above, a switch to the PTO system versus vacation/sick would allow more flexibility on how time off is used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research units should be able to have more autonomy and not have to conform to additional policies set by the Office of Research that are not actually in practice at any other unit. That office could definitely benefit from a clean sweep of the incompetent directors who are granted too much powers yet aren't actually completing any real work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sold a can of beans

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

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, opportunities for promotion, college atmosphere

    Cons

    office culture, unclear leadership, unrealistic goals and expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't crush new viewpoints, allow for new ideas to exist even if it goes against the status quo.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Okay place to work

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    Current Employee - University of Michigan  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off.

    Cons

    Not challenging, uneven balance of workload, parking and traffic is challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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