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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
839 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is unlike anywhere else I have ever worked (in 23 reviews)

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

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome people, there are absolutely the most awesome people at this place. Truly incouragible with absolutely no regard for conventionality. heck yes i love this school.

    Cons

    Low Salary, honestly i didnt even know if I was getting paid because it was electronic deposits and it never seemed like my bank account had anything in it. a contributing factor to this phenomenon may also have been poor spending habits but thats outside the realm of this conversation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay your undergraduates more. We're poor as hell

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In University of Michigan I enjoy the exciting academic environment. I work as a graduate student research assistant. The working environment is very friendly and skills developed here are very useful for future career. Working time is very flexible as long as you have the work done.

    Cons

    I really cannot think of any major disadvantage for my own experience. Well, the food on campus is not particularly good, especially if you are in north campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    My experience has been fantastic working as a student researcher.

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

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

    Pros

    Best is about the collaborativeness of the students and the open-nesso of the professors.

    Cons

    I cannot think of a con for working at the university. Best university in the world. Go Blue!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the university offers fantastic resources for students and the culture is very strong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Highly rewarding and flexible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - IT Consultant in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for student work, great relationships between coworkers, good benefits for full time workers, customers are generally easy to work with, and scheduling was amenable to classes or a second job.

    Cons

    There is very little chance that you can stay in these positions and next to no growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employee retention, and using the work study positions as a way to train people even when they aren't in class, and not just as busy work to help students pay their bills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unionized GSI's

    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

    Pros

    We have good compensation and benefits compared to other graduate student instructors.

    Cons

    It is hard to separate work life from student life when problems arise with a supervisor.

  7.  

    Great place for learning, great resources for doing cutting edge research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Many opportunities for learning, very diverse faculty

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in research track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate the various tracks for faculty

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Study group facilitator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Study Group Facilitator in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Study Group Facilitator in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    - Very rewarding to work with students. You watch them grow through the semester and foster a community.
    - Decent pay for a college job
    - You meet many other like-minded science-loving people

    Cons

    - It can be a difficult job to manage a group of up to 14 students and there is definitely a learning curve
    - Prep time can become longer than expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Multinational Maintenance Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Multinational Maintenance Supervisor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Multinational Maintenance Supervisor in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at University of Michigan full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The U of M offers decent pay and great benefits. There is opportunity for advancement but the process is often unfair and unjust.

    Cons

    Very political and slow moving. Unions environment where employees don't realize that the rest of the working world plays by different rules. Can be frustrating at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow managers to do their job. Don't interfere with day to day tasks

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A good job experience for a working student with flexible hours.

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    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Resident Advisor in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    There is flexibility and understanding that academics comes first. You learn how to deal with difficult situations on the spot.

    Cons

    There isn't much room for growth and development and the training becomes extremely repetitive after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate training completely! There is a lot of bureaucracy that can be eliminated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research INvestigator

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    slow working pace, not much pressure, a lot of flexible time; very good insurance coverage; 401k match

    Cons

    salary cannot compete with industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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