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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
475 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 18 reviews)

  • Tuition remission, friendly work atmosphere, and amazing resources such as the health center (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • a) The stipend is too low to cover the expenses of the college park/silver spring neighborhood (in 9 reviews)

  • While entry level pay is very nice do not expect the pay at advanced positions to equal the private sector (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    A Solid Place for Engineering Graduate School

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    Competitive stipends for engineering graduate students.

    Schedule can be very flexible, although it is strongly dependent on supervisor/adviser.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of bureaucracy/red tape, particularly when trying to make purchases.

    Most professors are more focused on research, so there is a large variation in the quality of graduate classes.

    Very few official vacation days provided, but you can typically work out an informal agreement with your supervisor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Each Lab is a Different Environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible as long as you get your work done. Most PIs are understanding about family matters. More holidays then just the federal ones - nice break @ Christmas and Spring break.

    Cons

    No real childcare available on campus. Have to pay for parking. Work-life balance is difficult because research funding in always sparse and so you feel pressure to do more every week. Each PI is very different in how they train and interact with the people in the labs.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work, fun working with students, nice to work in a lab

    Cons

    Pay was not great, the higher staff was constantly changing the curriculum at the last minute, causing the TAs to feel unprepared.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work out the kinks of the curriculum before the semester begins!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    High Quality, Low Cost Engineering Education

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exposure to research, lot's of employment opportunities, environment encourages creativity. UMD is a great place to start one's journey into different technical fields.

    Cons

    Sometimes you can feel like just a number. Lower level courses can be more challenging than upper level, and may discourage students from continuing their studies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help encourage student workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome University

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    opportunity, relationships, resources, culture, work-life balance

    Cons

    everyone has a different experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some professors may be horrible, ask around what kind of professors they are

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I enjoyed my time as a work study granted student at the college

    Former Employee - Desk Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Desk Assistant in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Worked around class schedule
    Friendly environment in the departments I worked in
    Was frequently able to do school work when it was not busy
    Free food left after luncheons

    Cons

    Had to take care of some problems that should not have been directed to a student assistant
    Sometimes hard to focus on work when there were large luncheons

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Relax working environment

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Systems Analyst in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Senior IT Systems Analyst in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working at UMD consider a state employee with a lot of benefits such as a 3 weeks pay vacation and regular 2% living cost increase. Depend where you work, flexible work hour and telecommute is available. Also, allow us to attend out-of-state conferences as a part of career development.

    Cons

    The salary is not comparable with private companies and there is no bonus. Working environment is not as good as private companies especially for IT employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hoping to change the working environment more friendly and better facility. Also need to promote family like relationship between employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place for undergraduate student experience

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    Current Employee - Student Programmer in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Student Programmer in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    -very accommodating of school/exam schedules
    -committed to helping students learn skills and get experience that will help them when they graduate
    -overall kind and welcoming staff

    Cons

    -no raises throughout the company due to budget cuts, and low salaries to begin with
    -sometimes there just isn't a lot of work to do, so you may end up doing something menial for a while or finding busywork

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees better as soon as possible and give them more challenging tasks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Good benefits not a lot of innovation

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    Former Employee - Academic Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Academic Coordinator in College Park, MD

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits including automatic contributions to your retirement account, flexible schedule if you are in the right department

    Cons

    Have to pay for parking. Little ability to advance. New ideas are met with "we tried that 10 years ago and it didn't work"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good So Far

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    Current Employee - Food Server in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Food Server in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free Shuttle Bus if you don't have a car ( Staff or Student ID required ). Food ( All You Can Eat ) is only $2.00 if you work at one of the Diners. Lots of ( unpaid ) vacations: 1 week during the Christmas Holidays, 2 weeks during the Spring Break and of course, 3 whole months during the summer.

    Cons

    If you work at one of the food Diners, you are required to show up even when it's snowing, students have to eat so they need diner staff to prepare, cook and serve food.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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