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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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4.1 643 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman

Mary Sue Coleman

(351 ratings)

90% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Okay place to work

    University of Michigan (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGreat benefits and time off.

    ConsNot challenging, uneven balance of workload, parking and traffic is challenging.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAnn Arbor is nice place

    ConsWork can be very demanding at times

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    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThe hours are very flexible. Taking time off is always allowed. You also have a lot of vacation days, sick days and personal days to use. It was a positive and welcoming environment. Coffee, hot chocolate, tea and water were always in the kitchen. The work was pretty easy once I caught on to it. I enjoyed my time at UofM.

    ConsSometimes there is not much to do. I would end of sitting at my desk reviewing projects I already reviewed. There needs to be ore structure to the jobs and positions. It would also be nice if the upper management would let you know how you were doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of potential

    Department Director (Former Employee)

    ProsThis overall an excellent institution

    ConsIt is a little mired in playing it safe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great academic environment.

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGreat facilities, world-class faculty, and strong commitment to excellence. Overall a great academic setting. You get a real sense of competitiveness in a good way.

    ConsWeather isn't awesome. Teaching is great but, you tend to get a lot of children whom have little desire to be at the school. Zero office culture, most employees rarely meet up away from work. You can tell at times, the tenure pressure gets to many young faculty more than it should.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffice culture isn't ideal. Lack of support for minority employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    UM is a world-class academic institution with all of the good things and bad things that go with that status.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGood benefits, competitive pay, flexible hours depending on the position.

    ConsUM is very hierarchical and if you don't have a strong advocate in your chain-of-command it can be difficult. There is a lot of research money. Women and minorities are given low-ball salaries and raises, especially if they do not have strong advocates.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUM spends too much money on Assistant Deans, middle managers, and non-core (i.e., knowledge generation) functions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Overall good experience

    Clerk (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGreat job for students to work, flexible, good learning experiences

    ConsLow hourly wages, no bonuses, not much room for advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaising wages for students

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    Nice place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice city to work and live

    Conslong and cold winter, too much snow

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    it's up to you

    Postdoctoral (Former Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    Prosmanagement, infra, support for research is quite good.

    Conspeople (coworkers, staff) are not easy to make connection with. they won't help you grow. you're completely on your own. so you shine all by yourself or perish.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The work is challenging, intellectually rewarding and inspiring, despite the unsupportive environment & unequal status.

    Lecturer II (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsCollaboration opportunities and resources at UM are excellent if you seek them out aggressively.

    ConsAdvancement opportunities and professional development are limited; teaching salary for same work is less than half of a tenure-track employee. Benefits are less than equal to that of tenure-track employees or administrative staff. Review standards for non-tenure and tenure track are unequal, with a heavier burden of proof placed upon the former to show consistently high levels of expertise and excellence in performing similar tasks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEqual pay for equal jobs, opportunity to earn merit pay, annual cost of living raises equivalent to tenure-track and administrative staff, medical benefit costs in ratio to actual salary (same percentage), raise opportunities for advancement and professional development. All faculty enjoy the equivalent levels of performance scrutiny every year (or three). Greater transparency of management activities, vetting, and decisions. Serious effort to include non-tenured track employees in departmental planning, vetting and activities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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