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University of Maryland Reviews in Maryland

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
508 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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    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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    Off Campus Housing Consultant

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    Former Employee - Off Campus Housing Consultant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Off Campus Housing Consultant in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    - Very Friendly
    - Easy to learn how office operates
    - Great opportunity to develop people skills and communications skills
    - Never too stressed with work and supervisors are very understanding

    Cons

    - Not much work to do (Find a lot of time doing your own work)
    - Hours determined by round robin
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work but hours could be distributed better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    research assistant intern

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

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

    Pros

    good working environment, friendly coworkers, negotiable boss,
    you can learn a lot from lab. some time you have to work on weekend because of the extra experiment but the other time are pretty flexible.

    Cons

    no windows in the lab, and it takes a while( at least 5~10 minutes ) to walk to the nearest restaurant / food place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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
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    Challenging research environment, friendly colleagues

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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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    opportunities to grow and pursue your own research interests, learning opportunities, interesting colleagues who genuinely want to help, good benefits, culture of learning and growth

    Cons

    research program lags a little behind what cutting edge work would be, salary not all that great considering cost of living in the area, loads of time looking at a computer screen - research group meetings became the highlight of my week

    Recommends
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    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
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    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 (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
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    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 (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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    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
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    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

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