National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

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National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
14 Reviews
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14 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Close to home
    Time off
    University Benefits
    Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Negotiating with other employees.
    Not a whole lot of communication from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees and be honest with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of stability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Good work/life balance and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Business development was essentially non-existent resulting in massive layoffs. Those left are looking for other jobs as faith is low that new contracts will come.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to "shore up" your business development efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company - Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Exempt Employee in Riverdale, MD
    Former Employee - Exempt Employee in Riverdale, MD

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    I was able to advance pretty quickly, learning many tools I will use through out my career. I very much enjoyed the other employees, and the friendships I made. They were the best part of working there. I loved my immediate supervisor. She encouraged my growth and gave me avenues to better myself personally and professionally.

    Cons

    There were clear favorites for upper management. Your performance wasn't always judged by how well you worked. It was also measured by whether they liked you. They grew too fast, and spent money in ways that didn't protect their employees. As a result they needed to let go of a high percentage this year. Of course their favorites were rewarded with raises, while others lost their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to get the extra work done, until you are sure you need more people. Even if that means you have to work longer hours. You certainly get paid enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Satisfied

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Subject Matter Expert in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Good Salary, Managers, work-Life Balance
    Very good kitchen and coffee machines

    Cons

    No growth opportunity in my case

    Recommends
  6.  

    My experience at The NFLC was terrible. I was bullied and treated unfairly. Others were treated poorly as well.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work there is because it's part of the University of Maryland (UMD). The UMD has great benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of the staff are in jobs they are not qualified to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the upper management are all hired as full-time permanent employees, all others are only hired on yearly contracts. If they offer full-time permanent positions for others, they will attract better employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It has been rewarding to work with international colleagues but management is unethical and apathetic to employees.

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    Current Employee - Coordinator in Riverdale, MD
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Riverdale, MD

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

    Pros

    Working with colleagues of various cultural, national, religious and language backgrounds. Ability to take classes and obtain degrees from the University of Maryland at little to not cost.

    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 little to no knowledge of the capabilities of the people they've hired and would rather outsource than encourage employee development from within. They have given themselves multiple, substantial raises, while laying off staff. Above all, they lack strategic vision and team building capabilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what it means to be leader of team, and learn to take constructive criticism from employees. Realize you cannot run an organization by yourself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work, great co-wokers, good place to gain experience in language services

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructional Developer in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Instructional Developer in College Park, MD

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Middle managers are young and energetic. They care about their team members. The work is interesting and the experience can help developers find other jobs in language services. Faculty members are knowledgable and most are willing to help developers improve their skills even more. Work schedules are flexible.

    Cons

    Work is tied to contracts so the work can be limited to 6 months or 1 year. Deadlines can be tight. Some faculty members are more kind and helpful than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All hourly developers are paid the same wage no matter what experience they have. Developers with PhDs are paid the same as developers with 4 year degrees. Some developers have more degrees and experience than some faculty members. Developers should be paid based on their education and experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Satisfying work in a collaborative environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really like the people at NFLC. I like the opportunity to collaborate with team members. My team managers are very patient and they are always willing to answer questions. My project managers understand the challenges and difficult deadlines. I feel a sense of pride and satisfaction when my work is ready for delivery.

    Cons

    I keep getting short (6 month) contracts. I like working at NFLC but would like a contract for a year (or more).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to senior management is to find a way to offer longer contracts with benefits. My advice to project and team managers is to keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    For full-time staff there are wonderful benefits. Lots of leave, holidays, and tuition remission for staff and family. The Center provides additional benefits such as telecommuting and flex hours which makes it a very family friendly employer. Many of the management staff have been promoted from within, so career growth is positive. They also have a generous professional development program after you have been there for one year. Free parking.

    Cons

    Although it is part of the University of Maryland, it is not an academic center. They exist on federal contracts so sequestration impacts their work. Some of the negative comments I believe by staff who were hired to work on those contracts and were told at the beginning the length of the contract they are working on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent pay, terrible in pretty much every other way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Most coworkers are fun and interesting, and the pay is actually pretty decent given the work that's expected of you. It's good experience if you're interested in a second language acquisition/test development career.

    Cons

    Work can be boring and repetitive, and god help you if your job entails interacting with so-called "subject matter experts." This isn't to say that there aren't any great SMEs, because there are, but sadly the majority have zero skills beyond the fact that they happen to speak a critical language. They can barely use a computer, can't follow basic instructions or be bothered to put any reasonable amount of effort into anything. If their work then becomes your work (as it often does), you're in for a world of hurt. Get this: some of them actually copy and paste from Google translate rather than do their own translations in their native language.

    Beyond these specific issues, the NFLC generally is dying a quick death thanks to the incompetent management of both particular projects and the organization as a whole. My team was constantly behind on deadlines, which could have been avoided if management actually had actually put some thought into the situation. The clients were never happy about this, and it'll probably hurt future funding opportunities. Which is another issue: the place hasn't managed to bring in any funding for a long time, and the organization is literally falling apart as a result. People are getting laid off left and right, and once they closed the whole office and made everyone leave at 2pm for no apparent reason. Would you want to work for a place that doesn't have the wherewithal to stay open during normal business hours for one day?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raze the building, move somewhere far away and drink until you forget that the NFLC ever existed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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