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University of Maryland Reviews in College Park, MD

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
481 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    "Diversity" Hazard Zone

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

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tuition remission? Women's sports? Fast food?

    Surrounding ghetto is usually held at bay?

    Cons

    Culture is poisonously incestuous. Administration encourages and promotes backstabbers and sadists. If you haven't been rendered miserable or irrelevant within 5 years you're likely just the type of masochist or martyr they want. Siege mentality prevails throughout the warring factions and employee abuse is rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No such creature exists at Maryland. Its Medieval culture belongs in the Maryland Renaissance festival as an exhibit.

    No good deed goes unpunished; and the beatings will continue until attitudes improve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Don't work here.

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

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    Access to research participant pool.

    Cons

    Your quality of life and research career depends almost entirely on your faculty sponsor. There is no room to move up. Most faculty in my department don't care about their research staff or their grad students. It is an opportunity for them to use and waste others' research skills and careers. They will also blatantly lie about policies and salary increase opportunities. It is unclear whom to turn to for career guidance or to be an advocate for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Easy work, flexible hours

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    Former Employee - IT Client Support in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - IT Client Support in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    -Laid back office
    -you set your own schedule
    -easy
    -when you work with a nice caller it's a good job

    Cons

    -boring during time between calls
    -as with any phone support you will get called by jerks
    -sometimes too laidback. There are frequently times when there's nothing to do so everyone just faffs about for a while. Up to 1 hour between calls when you're just sitting around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Sales Person

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Great Manager
    Friendly staff
    Very chill about working schedule
    Short shifts

    Cons

    Staff not all motivated to work hard
    Management did not communicate properly
    Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To hire people who are invested in making the store a better place

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    I learned a lot as a graduate assistant and was able to fund my degree while working

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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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities, flexible time, and free tuition.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to rise in the organization as a grad student

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Terrapin for Life

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Student in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Student in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    The University of Maryland Campus is one of the most diverse campus' in the World. It is a melting pot of cultures and ideas, this is why the University is Ranked as one of the best public institutions in the World.

    Cons

    Only con would be the DOT, which gives out way too many parking tickets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful place to work and study!

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

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

    Pros

    Clean campus, plethora of professional opportunities for students, and interesting work!

    Cons

    Cost of living in the area - you pay dc prices for Maryland quality of life...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great support from administrators for personal growth and work-life balance

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Tuition remission, friendly work atmosphere, and amazing resources such as the health center

    Cons

    Pay is a bit low, but the benefits make up for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more culturally and linguistically diverse people!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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