University Research Co. Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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  1. General Services

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    Current Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resource Assistant in Manassas, VA

    I have been working at University Research Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Company to work for and its family orientated.

    Cons

    The Con for me was the travel into the office from where I live.


  2. Program Development Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Global organization with various projects in multiple countries around the world - opportunity to learn about different technical areas in different geographic and cultural contexts

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth if you are junior staff; no mentorship from senior staff; no support from HR

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to appreciate staff and show them they are valued: this will increase commitment and morale and less people would leave


  3. Helpful (3)

    Project Coordinator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time

    Pros

    tuition reimbursement, opportunities to obtain more skills, which quickly are woven into your new scope of work

    Cons

    miserable work environment, office politics are pervasive, hours and expectations from upper management are unmanageable


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Truly bad place.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. full-time

    Pros

    Not much to list here.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Abusive, obnoxious leadership; toxic, poisonous environment from a very top level; poor benefits. Ridiculous micro-management and lack of appreciation of rare talents, staff promotion based solely on favoritism. Huge staff turnover, as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Concur with one of the previous advises here - RETIRE.


  6. Helpful (1)

    n/a

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros to URC.

    Cons

    Horrible management and horrible benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Retire


  7. Helpful (2)

    Employee turnover speaks for itself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The entry- to mid-level colleagues I worked with were great people and many of the field projects were doing interesting work.

    Cons

    I found the overall organizational culture to be quite toxic. Senior leaders can be extremely unpleasant, open communication is actively discouraged, professional development is seen as a waste "since people will just leave as soon as we train them," and field projects do not receive adequate support from HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Invest in your staff and treat them like the assets they are.


  8. Helpful (2)

    The company needs to work on increasing employee satisfaction.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A good amount of the workers are smart and really passionate about International Development.

    Cons

    Too much unnecessary politics for a company that size.

    Advice to Management

    They need to increase employee satisfaction


  9. Helpful (1)

    Company works on good causes. Good for beginning professionals.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worthwhile projects in the international health field and a chance to travel. Decent benefits. Weekly all staff meetings were a good way to know what others were doing. A lot of activities and support for entry-level workers.

    Cons

    There was a lot of staff turnover, especially among middle level managers.

    Advice to Management

    Consider investing in improved office space and opportunities for mid-level managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent company!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has some of the smartest people in the industry. Tons of possibilities for promotion.

    Cons

    Location in Bethesda is inconvenient for most staff.

    Advice to Management

    Improve leave policy


  11. Helpful (6)

    “Worst place I worked in 10 years, The Good Reviews are set-ups from current employees don't believe them. ”

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The payroll department is excellent, friendly, efficient, always paid on time.

    Cons

    You're dropped into your chair with no orientation, training or prep for your position. The CEO is out of touch with the "workers" in the organization. The Sr. VP's are incredibly abusive, they lack empathy, and integrity, but have the expectation that their employees will remain engaged, and work 60+ hours a week. If you are lucky to be in a clique you will receive promotions, bonuses and have zero accountability in your work. Excellent office for those who survive, and thrive, through obsequious behavior.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to retire.



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