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.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
Recommends
Neutral Outlook

I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Pros

Interesting 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.

Cons

Management 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 Management

Rebuild 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.

Other Employee Reviews for National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

  1. Great first job out of college

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice coworkers, HR, great facility for full-time employees, enjoyable tasks

    Cons

    Lack of workspace for employees, lack of organization, no notice to employees when contract wasn't renewed

    Advice to Management

    Try to get better organized and solidify contracts rather than losing them.


  2. Content developer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Content Developer in College Park, MD
    Former Contractor - Content Developer in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours Relatively good hourly rate Friendly working environment

    Cons

    Short contracts Internal agendas and politics Hectic work load Tight deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Value and make use of your best talent not your best friends


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