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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
682 Reviews
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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.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    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.

  6.  

    Pleasant working environment with lots of opportunities for networking and future career development

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, and less of a corporate mentality: generally speaking, workers aren't treated simply as an easily disposable cog

    Cons

    Hours worked very on a daily to weekly basis, but expect to bring your work home, often (depending on what you end up doing). More then likely will have summers off, depending on what you do. Not as many perks as a corporation, but generally a really good package. Lower salary but a more distinguished position. If you stick around long enough, you will be well taken care of, or at least taken care of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Great benefits, positive atmosphere, if you like process you will like working here.

    Cons

    Different departments operate differently. If you have a good manager you will have a good experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue as is

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It's all in who you schmooze

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay/benefits and lots of paid time off, excellent resources for anything you could want both on a personal level as well as for professional needs to do your job. Computers are always up and running at lightening speed.

    Cons

    Micro managers in research arena, every detail counts, no matter where the comma lands, it counts
    Clinical arena, faculty are much more entitled, but very forgiving of admin mistakes. Anesthesiology was great dept to work for, so is Gen. Surgery

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't patronize or be condescending to admin staff, they'll relay your pompus attitude when you leave the area to all their coworkers. The staff are trained to work for the university, not to be personal assistants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great Experience

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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 less than a year

    Pros

    good network of people, salary was good for a student on campus

    Cons

    initially confusing to set up payment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good resources

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    The resources at UMich are second to none. Great environment and city.

    Cons

    Winters can be harsh. Need to prioritize work and personal life in a post doctoral position. This can be tough as the position is not for ever and you need to get the most out of it.

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