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Great campus research environment

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

I have been working at University of Michigan part-time (More than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Abundant cooperative, interdisciplinary opportunities for research work

Cons

winter can be very gloomy and long in ann arbor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work at

    Cons

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  2. Sometimes great, sometimes not"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    With good leadership and a collaborative work setting, UM can be a great place to work. The decentralized environment in some areas encourages innovation. Offers a wealth of networks that can help build great tools, thinking, approaches

    Has a good framework of support tools if you know where to find and use them. Takes sustainability seriously. In some places, teamwork thrives.

    Cons

    Can be a fragmented, highly risk averse (uncreative) walled garden in their approach. Years of declining resources have led to fear-causing approaches to cutbacks, rather than straight talk, courageous, clear conversation in planning careers. Often paternalistic.

    Can be unclear or lost in tactics when making strategy changes. Does not handle change well or expects senior managers, some who've been in place for decades, to do it. This has resulted in copying mismatched corporate environments, having very different values or goals, wastes resources and creates mistrust.

    Tends to pay less due to the name, glamour factor. Career plateauing problems. Slow to promote those doing the same role & work as previous incumbent. Has non-managerial academics in roles as leaders who end up damaging, sometimes irreversibly, the careers of others. (This happens everywhere, not just UM, but be advised.)

    Unskilled in using Michigan or Midwest vendors. Procurement RFP system doesn't take some vendors seriously, wastes their resources and breeds mistrust. Tends to be penny-wise, pound foolish when select corporate vendors who poorly match a legion of micro cultures, environment and desired goals. The pound = millions.

    Advice to Management

    Make space for temporary professionals from a variety of settings to encourage openness to change, refresh business thinking and deal with risk averse culture. Outsource or reinvent the services procurement system to be more open to local and midwest vendors.

    Recent mismanagement of AST HR and FInance project and vendor selected is a good cautionary tale of leadership pitfalls. May also be due to possible favoritism. Vendors who have complained have been cut out from future bids. "Say it isn't so, Serpico."


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