University of Michigan Reviews

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University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is unlike anywhere else I have ever worked (in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits, many time-off hours (in 45 reviews)

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

  • Long hours may be required to balance work and life (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Great school, Great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Student
    Current Employee - Graduate Student

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tier 1 Research University with a truly wide range of resources and a huge, active alumni network. Everyone takes pride in their work and in their school. Ann Arbor is a beautiful town to live in.

    Cons

    It's a state school with bureaucracy to match. Most of the time you won't notice, but when you have to interact with upper-level administration it becomes a bit of a hassle.

    Advice to Management

    Continue supporting cutting edge research, not just with funds but with legal support and policy as well


  2. Great School

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Michigan full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The University of Michigan has the best balance of academics, athletics, and social life that I've seen. All aspects of life in Ann Arbor are great.

    Cons

    The level of difficulty for certain classes is higher than what would be found at other schools and the environment is very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve on things as they come and shore up weaknesses when they arise. Michigan prides itself on continued excellence and I'm sure that won't change.


  3. Well Oiled Institution

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Vast pool of opportunity, diversity of skills sets and backgrounds, great oversight of employee rights, fosters positive culture.

    Cons

    Pay is significantly less that other academic institutions for comparable titles.


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  5. Academia at its finest!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Producer in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The location - Ann Arbor and the UofM campus are beautiful. Company pride - who doesn't love UofM? Atmosphere - academia provides a very intelligent, relaxing work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Salary - the salary is on the lower end of the position spectrum. Growth - there was limited lateral growth and limited to no ladder with this position.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  6. Helpful (2)

    Possibly the best place to work in Michigan

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, location, and benefits are hard to beat.

    Cons

    The nature of many of the salaried jobs can push some of us to work well beyond a 40 hour work week. Departments are trying to improve work/life balance but there's still some work to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Some of the rigid requirements for position titles can force inferior position titles to be given. Academia appears to discount that knowledge and expertise can be gained outside of a degree.


  7. U of M

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice company culture and supportive environment.

    Cons

    Typical work gossip and cattiness.

    Advice to Management

    Have employee best interest in mind.


  8. Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Very nice infrastructure for research

    Cons

    Ann Arbor in winter can be pretty bad!

    Advice to Management

    They are excellent, nothing to cahnge


  9. Research Fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Very relaxed with lots of opportunities to pursue personal research agenda. Faculty supervisors very supportive and willing to advance your career.

    Cons

    The only complaint is the retirement plan that does not offer employer contribution for research fellows.


  10. Campus Information

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Information Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic management, made meeting enjoyable. Always open to feedback and to adjusting the way the system works. Great location of campus, and a great way to meet people.

    Cons

    Paid close to minimum wage (but this is understandable since it is mostly a student job and we are often free to work on other things when on the job if it's not busy)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing! Drew is missed but the management has definitely picked up where he left off.


  11. Current UM Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Community
    Prestige
    Go Blue!
    City of Ann Arbor

    Cons

    Very decentralized
    Pay rate is less than private sector
    Not enough networking events



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