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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
479 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Decent salary and work conditions; great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Assistant Research Scientist in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    It depends a lot on your department. Mine was very good about professional development and the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    The rules for non-tenure-track faculty are all over the place and regulations and job path are not clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formalize the role of non-tenure-track faculty within the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to start

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, Convenience, Easy going, Opportunities for motivated individuals, State health benefits

    Cons

    Big administration and can be easily forgotten if you don't make a name for your self. Very conventional administration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more vibe with unorthodox approach. Too conventional and hard to breakthrough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT Department

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Software Developer in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    It's fun, engaging, and you really learn a lot. The company is strong and a family.

    Cons

    Pay isn't great - but what do you expect it is a public institution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience to begin your career with as a student

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    Former Employee - Faculty Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Faculty Research Assistant in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    - Flexibility of hours (as a student)
    - Challenging work; you can apply what you've learn in class to your work
    - Great experience
    - Good benefits
    - Tuition remission

    Cons

    - Processing/calculating data can sometimes be mundane work
    - Not a lot of promotion potential, have to wait for someone to leave/retire before moving up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a great vibe

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    beautiful campus, close a lot in the winter, compensation is good for some projects

    Cons

    authoritarian culture, some terrible people there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be laid back, don't fire people unless they really are bad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Student

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    Current Employee - Lab Intern in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Lab Intern in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    The professors are very research oriented

    Cons

    The professors are very research oriented

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The professors are very research oriented, change that

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Shuttle UM Driver

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    Current Employee - Shuttle UM Driver in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Shuttle UM Driver in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Friendly, flexible. Semester breaks are a nice break in work where we can relax and drive less long hours. everyone is friendly and overtime is available if needed and you are flexible

    Cons

    Some workers don't hold to their schedule and it can backfire to another driver, Shifts done by seniority and can be bad for newer drivers, late nights sometimes, drunk riders and pedestrains

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and discipline

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Dept of Biology

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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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great way to pay for school. Convenient to work at the same place where you take your classes. Only have to report to your scheduled labs and prep meetings, otherwise you can be anywhere grading papers/emailing students/etc throughout the week. In that regard, it beats a M-F 9-5 job.

    Cons

    Grading is often incredibly time-consuming. If you are not familiar with the material for the course to which you are assigned, it will likely be difficult the first semester of teaching it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place for student internships/jobs

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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 University of Maryland part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The staff I worked with are very understanding, flexible with student hours, and kind. It's the easiest commute for a student living on campus, and the experience can help you prepare for off-campus opportunities if you're a student.

    Cons

    As for the cons, you have to deal with the decentralized campus. It can be hard to connect and reach out to other employees when you're trying to get something done. Almost a month into my job, and I've yet to get my own work computer. It's a slow campus when it comes to IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT needs to be better. It shouldn't take a month to get a computer, and the university needs better information management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I satisfied overall environment at UMD

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

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I had a great supervisor at UMD.

    Cons

    GRA salary was a bit low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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