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University of Maryland Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
475 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and above average leave compared to professional services industry (in 18 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.  

    Perfect place for research

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

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

    Pros

    Support for all kinds of studies, excellent collaboration environment within the university and outside.

    Cons

    Limited funding and problems for travel and seminars. Must apply for seed grants for investigative researchers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Student Employee

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    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Communications Assistant in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with scheduling around students' class schedule, friendly staff, very inviting

    Cons

    The hourly pay did not increase, could be higher to help students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    Innovative R&D leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in College Park, MD

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for inter-disciplinary research, upper management committed to career enhancement, generous comprehensive benefits package, extensive network of contacts to decision makers in R&D in nearby federal government funding agencies and laboratories, availability of highly qualified faculty and graduate research assistants.

    Cons

    I have never experienced any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work in promoting UMD as a national and international leader in language, cognition, and brain science.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Student Teaching Assistant

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    The pay is great for the time commitment. As a research institution, it is a great opportunity to collaborate on academic research that could become published. Office hours prove to be a great time to practice your leadership and teaching skills.

    Cons

    It is a one-time stipend pay so if looking for a weekly check, this should be negotiated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One of my best experiences was teaching the class for a week while the professor was out on business. Strongly encourage teachers to provide this opportunity to all student teaching assistants,=.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Data Entry Specialist

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    Current Employee - Data Entry Specialist in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Data Entry Specialist in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Supervisors are very helpful and hours are very flexible. You can have a balance of work and school life.

    Cons

    You do not gain much skills or grow as a data entry specialist. The only experience you gain is Microsoft excel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A professional, immersive, and overall exceptional working experience that combines career development with peer mentors

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    Current Employee - Peer Career Educator in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Peer Career Educator in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    -Career Development
    -Resume development
    -Networking
    -Working with students
    -Community building
    -Strong working environment
    -Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    I have no objections to working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Graduate Research Assistant...not to bad

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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

    Tuition Paid for
    Livable Stipend
    Set my own hours
    Good education
    Professors available to help often
    Shuttle bus system
    Great benefits for a grad student (medical and dental) if needed

    Cons

    I do wish I got paid more...
    No chance for bonuses, really
    Parking sucks on campus (small spots, over-crowded lots)
    Adviser may be absent often or down your throat depending on who it is, all depends on who you get

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great experience!

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    Current Employee - Event Support Employee in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Event Support Employee in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Very flexible hours. Cater to your student needs as well as your schedule. Time off is very easy and you can also do work in the office.

    Cons

    Pay grade may start low depending where you work. Minimum wage increase is not applied to all jobs on campus. On of my jobs had it, the other did not.

    Recommends
  10.  

    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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    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
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