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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
689 Reviews
4.1
689 Reviews
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University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great institution to work for, work-life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Academic setting - cutting edge research, great colleagues, bosses, and atmosphere (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • The graduate students in non-science disciplines are always bugging you to become unionized (in 10 reviews)

  • Cold weather in winter will give you a hard time (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Experience i will never forget

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    Former Employee - Building Manager  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Building Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    great people, nice environment, awesome job

    Cons

    nothing much except slightly lower wages

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to mike and merry from pierpont commons, you guys are the best.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good research environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a great place to work with talented people and the world's leading experts in many areas. Ann Arbor is also a very nice small city to live and raise a family.

    Cons

    The long winter can be harsh. It's also a bit far from the closest major city, which is Chicago. Workload can be heavy before paper submission or grant application deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    PhD/GSRA

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    Current Employee - GSRA  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - GSRA in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    diverse culture
    free and active research atmosphere
    a lot of seminars

    Cons

    cold....
    UM does not put students in the center as private schools do, part of the reason is that it is too large.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Graduate student instructor

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very experienced and helpful professors as main instructor are impassioned about teaching. smart students who are willing to learn.

    Cons

    It could be time-consuming when you first started.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A rocky part-time position

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    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They was a fair amount flexibility with the amount of time worked and the days on which I was allowed to work. The work environment was laid-back and the people were generally friendly. As a super part-time working directly for a small department, I received no benefits beyond my pay, which was on the low end of reasonable.

    Cons

    The staff that hired me, who were also my direct superiors, had no previous experience with hiring or managing personnel. I spent a lot of time sitting on my hands because my boss had no work for me when I came in. In the end, I left because there were more important things to spend my time on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before hiring, please make sure that there is actually work to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training environment with many talented and supportive researchers that are dedicated to training.

    Cons

    Benefits could be better. Regular staff employees have very nice benefits package but postdocs do not get all of the same benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Still Growing

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    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great environment, everyone is smart and motivated

    Cons

    Difficult for leadership to ensure that resources keep up with rapid growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that organizational support resources are tracked as carefully as growth statistics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great place to work and live; A fantastic school located in a great town

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    The other employees are pleasant to work with, the pay is competitive, and the weather is great. The hours are great, very flexible and my supervisors genuinely care about us.

    Cons

    Parking is a hassle. It is expensive and you either spend a long time looking for a place to park or you end up walking for a ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider lowering the price of parking. Allow employees to take one course for free each semester as many other universities do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Facility!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan as an intern

    Pros

    Very progressive company in education and research.

    Cons

    Parking and pot holes are the only cons.

  11.  

    Research Assistant at University of Michigan

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, professional environment, ability to learn and move forward.

    Cons

    Can be very negative and challenging. Even though an educational institution, expectations are high and there is not as much room for education. Lacks the structure found in most places of employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a employee review system combined with structured hierarchy that allows for a balanced work life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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