National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

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Overall, a passable place to work, but suffers from seriously flawed and unethical practices.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) College Park, MD

ProsInteresting work with more government money than should be allowed. The center largely acts as a typical DC middle agency for federal and grant funds. Lots of opportunities for travel on the center's dime and very nice, quirky people to work with. Quite a bit of downtime, so much so that many employees use their time to study for classes, surf dating sites, and watch movies, but don't you dare get caught with a book (ebooks are a good way around that). Paid lunch hour, which is technically not supposed to happen, but it's a nice perk that management ignores. Nice building, with free parking, which is a nice perk when working at UMD. The director is actually competent, in addition to professional and genuinely kind.

ConsManagement and employees, for the most part, are great to work with. HR and the executives however are dismal! One year they told all of us that no one gets a raise, and then they gave themselves raises. They've also had incredibly unfair employment standards where they have fired a few people, all female by the way, some of whom went on to sue the center, win, and been forcibly rehired! Since then, they have wizened up and picked up new tricks. HR has bullied people into leaving the center because the budget called for the firing of somebody and the HR member (she) wanted to save their job. Very high turnover, except for a very small group of people.

Advice to Senior ManagementRebuild the HR department from the ground up, consider firing the incredibly and blatantly sexist individual on the exec committee (and everyone knows who he is), stop lying to your employees about funds, and stop treating people like children. Adults don't need dress codes and curfews.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Subject Matter Expert (Current Employee) College Park, MD

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland as an intern for less than a year


    Pros: Good Salary, Managers, work-Life Balance Very good kitchen and coffee machines Cons: No growth opportunity in my case Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    It has been rewarding to work with international colleagues but management is unethical and apathetic to employees.

    Coordinator (Current Employee) Riverdale, MD

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: Working with colleagues of various cultural, national, religious and language backgrounds. Ability to take… Cons: The management team is detrimental to health and growth of the company. They will praise employees one month and fire them the next. They have… Advice to Senior Management: Learn what it means to be leader of team, and learn to… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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