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University of Maryland Reviews in Maryland

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
451 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 17 reviews)

  • Tuition remission, friendly work atmosphere, and amazing resources such as the health center (in 21 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.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Awesome University

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    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 for 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
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    flexible time-off policies, integrity, science oriented environment

    Cons

    soft money salaries, pressure to get grants

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for more than a 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    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 for 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
  11.  

    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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great boss good work hours

    Cons

    low pay almost no benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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