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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
507 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 19 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 10 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.  

    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
  2.  

    I had mxed feelings with being a research assistant

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice acdemic environment, lots of facilities for research, lots of good classes for you to choose, school is very international, close to D.C. area,

    Cons

    Crime rate is increasing, increased tuition and mandatory fee each year, parking lots are scarce, salary is low, living expense is very high, out of school people aren't friendly in the area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    floater

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    Former Employee - Floter in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Floter in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    great boss good work hours

    Cons

    low pay almost no benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Culture needs improvement

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

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

    Pros

    Laid back. State government employee benefits are attractive especially when you have family who can attend the school.

    Cons

    Some measure of discrimination and old-school mentality of hierarchy in the work place. No room for career advancement based on merit and no reward for excellence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop some of the old mentality and strive for meritocracy and equability. People don't really come to work at the university for the money. They come there for the intangibles and you might be taking that away from them with the old mentality and discrimination going on here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Communications Intern

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity. You're doing meaningful work and get great experience. They try to cater the internship to your interests, and even dedicate time to discussing your learning experience & career goals. Also, free coffee and tea always (and often, free lunch as well).

    Cons

    The work can get old fast-- but they're very willing to add new tasks, just ask! Also, START internship/career info caters more to intelligence-type jobs, so aspiring communications/public relations professionals often fall under the radar.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Laboratory Intern

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

    I worked at University of Maryland as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    You get experience from working on projects, all of which you can put on your resume. You build good connections and have people you can ask for references. Graduate students were nice and approachable.

    Cons

    I didn't get paid. Most undergraduate student researchers don't.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) is the Best Department for Student Designers

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects, from web design to bus decal. Great pay for on-campus student jobs. Great environment. Lots of opportunities. Fun.

    Cons

    Hardware is the only shortcoming I can tell for now. According to IT, the DOTS' net work only supports PCs which are also out dated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    University of Maryland is a cool environment to work at

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    very talented environment. I did my internship there in Summer 2013. My mentor and supervisor were very helpful to lead me get the essential for my project

    Cons

    I wish my contract is longer. It is hard for students or interns to work as a team. Everyone is doing his own stuff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Great place to start

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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 (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

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