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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
734 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is unlike anywhere else I have ever worked (in 22 reviews)

  • great benefits (for full-time) including world-class hospital and 401(k) matching (in 43 reviews)


Cons
  • Talk with other graduate students to see if your situtation is reasonable (in 11 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Good work done I am satisfied

    Cons

    Good work done I am satisfied

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great university

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In general, this is a great research institution with a lot of resources in the College of Engineering where I am a student.

    Cons

    I have heard engineering students complain about Michigan focusing on research rather than teaching. In that case, therefore, it would not be disappointing sometimes when classes are not really taught well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work of encouraging diversity at all levels. The collaborative nature of research across different disciplines is one such example.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    being a grad student is tough, and gets you through

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

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

    Pros

    Best is you walk out with a degree with little chance of failure. You have a lot of smart people to interact with every day, and lots of people willing to help you at every step of education. You also get a ton of family benefits for health care, dental care, prescriptions, and life insurance. You get benefits for each child you have, and there are great family housing options.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, pay does not reflect hard work, and there is almost no chance of a raise. The living costs downtown rival those of downtown San Francisco, so you may want to get a place a little ways from campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a basic academia culture. Very social in general, but entirely

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty good Employer, I'm somewhat happy working here.

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation and they help provide the tools for high learning.

    Cons

    minimum compensation for seasoned employees, difficult to gain personal growth within the department. Not a good balance of employee morale (low) and customer service (high).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I want to suggest Compensating employees for what they're worth and not who they know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fair, transparent, good values

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    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Production Coordinator in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay, flexibility, freedom to express ideas and have them taken seriously, good opportunity for advancement if you stay focused.

    Cons

    Benefits not extended to temporary employees. If you work on a project it is considered a temp position. I have worked on many in succession and have never been offered benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at University of Michigan as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good, respectful and proffesional environment, a great place to learn. Everyone is proud to be a part of the university and this really enhances the experience.

    Cons

    Not a huge fan of being part of the university's politics, seems similar to what it would be like working for the government.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Big college with a close personal feel

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Been here as a researcher for 3 years. Really smart people in the faculty that are always willing to collaborate, which leads to many project opportunities. Even though the campus is large it's not difficult to locate local experts on a variety of topics. Undergraduate research training is also very well organized, so lots of chances for mentorship opportunities.

    Cons

    The town itself is a typical college town with few local attractions and can fell a bit slow from time to time. Other than that really not much to complain about :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It all depends on your department and your goals

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Heath benefits are great! You have flexibility in most scenarios. There are so many interesting things happening on campus that can serve as balance and/or inspiration. There is a push for collaboration across department which is a valuable learning experience.

    Cons

    Some many interesting opportunities and flexibility can make it challenging to focus. Professional advice is not always aligned with the realities of the job market. Despite the push for projects that involve collaboration across departments there is not currently a great culture to support that. A lot of people involved don't know how to collaborate effectively and often the University has incentives in place that are at cross purposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink what success means for the job market. Professors shouldn't be running so many different things. They don't do any of them well.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I loved every minute that really allow you to grow and help out

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Work Environment, and time-off policies

    Cons

    Very large, and the winters are harsh.

  11.  

    Overall satisfaction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time

    Pros

    Well-supported, good colleagues across the university.

    Cons

    Limits to upward mobility depending on function area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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