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University of Maryland Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 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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    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Maryland

    Pros

    Great place to work, particularly if you enjoy being always surrounded by brilliant academics. Nice benefits package and a top notch IRA/ health insurance. Not too many responsibilities - loads of free time.

    Cons

    Not many bad things to say here. Work can be a little dull sometimes.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Graduate Assistantship - Full-time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Maryland

    Pros

    Tuition remission, health benefits, schedule flexibility around class times, publications, designated office space, and the opportunity to establish networks (especially if you get a GA in the school where you're studying). My experience with the actual work and professors has been very positive. I'd also say there's a decent number of lunch options, including a co-op, for what it's worth.

    Cons

    Getting there isn't ideal for commuters. After being stuck in two lane traffic to get to campus, parking on campus is monitored very strictly so if you're at a paid meter spot, don't be late by even a minute. I've seen the parking enforcement waiting around to give out tickets. The transportation situation is exacerbated by the lack of clarity about walking to campus from the metro station. There's a direct route to campus or a roundabout route depending on which exit you take from the station. Most assigned lots are also a bit out of the way from the central buildings and traffic on campus gets pretty terrible depending on when classes are released because you can wind up waiting a very long time for pedestrians to cross.

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    Intramural Sports

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    Former Employee - Intramural Sports Supervisor  in  College Park, PA
    Former Employee - Intramural Sports Supervisor in College Park, PA

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company values, opportunity for advancement, solid pay, pick your own schedule (for the most part)

    Cons

    dont really offer any opportunities for bemefits, it is a part time on campus job, so it has its limitations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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