University of Michigan
4.0 of 5 555 reviews
www.umich.edu Ann Arbor, MI 5000+ Employees

University of Michigan Reviews

Updated Apr 15, 2014
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93% Approve of the CEO

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman

Mary Sue Coleman

(318 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great institution to work for, work-life balance"
    in 14 reviews
  • "Great benefits, always something going on so you don't get bored, meet a lot of interesting people"
    in 28 reviews
Cons:
  • "pay is low for graduate students, long working hours, busy campus with so many students"
    in 10 reviews
  • "very competitive resulting in long hours of work"
    in 7 reviews
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A good place to work

Graduate Student Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

ProsIn general this is a great university. I have learned a lot during the time I'm here. The benefits are impressive.
People are really friendly over here.

ConsThe weather is not so well if you don't like the cold. Almost half of the year is snowing, and you can't really do anything during this time. It gets dark pretty early during winters, which greatly influenced my working efficiency.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great University

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Michigan

ProsOpen-minded colleagues everywhere. Excellent summer and fall.

ConsMassive Organization. Tends to be bureaucratic here and there.

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Great exposure to inner workings of an amazing institution!

Organization Strategy Intern (Former Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

ProsVery unique organization that cares about its employees well being

ConsAs an intern, there was some office clerical work that was part of the job

Advice to Senior ManagementI believe they did a great job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Researcher

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Michigan

ProsDepartment with excellent amount of resources and lots of opportunities to learn about other research through lecture series. Excellent access to journals and scientific materials. great support from the university. good benefit national standard for compensation. many great activities in the area. good support for career development though workshops or speaker series.

Consoffice culture various depending on research group. not enough support for retirement planning. could use more funding opportunities for researcher, no clear path for senior researching position.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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pleasant experience here

Database Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

ProsGreat benefits, many time-off hours. Nice supervisor, easy to go with co workers

Conslimited development chances. Restricted learning opportunities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to be a graduate student - although, depends on your advisor

Graduate Student Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

ProsMy advisor allowed very flexible hours and even extended vacation time for international students to travel back to their home countries. The benefits from the University are great. The health care covers about everything and the vision and dental are reasonably priced. There's also a child-care subsidy (~$5500/year/kid) for them to attend daycare if both parents work/are full-time students.

ConsDepends on the advisor. However, graduate school is hard. Talk with other graduate students to see if your situtation is reasonable. If not - switch to a different advisor. Spending in extra year to get a PhD in a happy (but stressful) environment is better than spending 4-5 years unhappy.

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Pre-residency research fellowship

Preresidency Fellowship (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

ProsGreat and supportive community. wonderful staff and great vibe.

ConsThe town of Ann Arbor is not a big city and has a slow vibe.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great institution for research

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsVery open and cooperative research environment. Highly recommended.

ConsDepending on what building you are in, parking can be a challenge even if you buy one of the parking passes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A top university that's a great place for faculty and students, but average at best for staff

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

I have been working at University of Michigan full-time

Pros- You work with really smart, very hard-working people who are dedicated to public education, driven by the mission
- UM offers strong benefits and above average professional development
- Except at the highest levels, staff have no voice

ConsTop levels of leadership have proliferated salary and administrative job growth to excess at the highest levels while salary growth for all other staff doesn't keep up with the cost of living increases and it's extremely difficult to get approval for new positions in the operational departments that serve students.

Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to the values and work cultures of academic institutions rather than continue the shift to a bloated corporate hierarchy that is out of touch with staff in the trenches and out of touch with the core 'customers', the students and faculty scholars. Spend time out in the schools and colleges talking with faculty and students, to reduce the isolationism.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Student Food Service (Current Employee)
Ann Arbor, MI

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

Prosflexible time shift; friendly working environment; reasonable workload; great management

Conshour pay could be higher

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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