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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
658 Reviews

4.2
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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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  1.  

    Highly variable, mostly good

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Instructor in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    There are incredible opportunities for research at UofM, and potentially a chance to truly distinguish yourself at a globally well-reputed institution.

    Cons

    As in all academia, pay is low and continued employment mostly uncertain (before tenure). Opportunities at UofM depend very heavily upon the leadership of the research-group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure teaching/research balance without altering courses by permitting single-submission of group-work.
    Have graduate researchers track specific events in the course (with records held by faculty) of their programs so that professors may be held accountable for needless disruptive alterations to projects or other workplace problems. Even if the matter rarely comes up directly, the extra security could go a long way towards improving productivity.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was an undergrad researcher and got paid cash money.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They pay you to do stuff that you'd totally do for free (if you're like me and do science anyway purple monkey dishwasher minimum word limits).

    Cons

    Eh, maybe you will be pressured to give talks and go to conferences. It, of course, completely depends on who your advisor is.

  3.  

    Intermittent Lecturer, satisfied with opportunity but in need of more stable appointment

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    Current Employee - Intermittent Lecturer  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Intermittent Lecturer in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    -schedule flexibility
    -high pay compared to lecturers at other universities because of union
    -freedom of exploration in academic and professional interests
    -strong supportive faculty

    Cons

    -unclear roles
    -little formal mentorship
    -intermittent appointment frustrating at times

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You're Always learning something new

    Cons

    Their are no cons involved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain..." - L. Frank Baum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - It will look good on your CV/resume
    - Benefits are decent, but you better use them or lose them!
    - Great medical/scientific resources available FREE, including UM libraries & staff support.
    - Clinical supervisors & the patients we care for are top notch.

    Cons

    Pay below private sector, but I knew that when I accepted this position. Even worse, in our small area, is the blatant nepotism, bullying & legally questionable employment practices going on. Every dept is different - I'm speaking for a select area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read your policies & then enforce them. Please revisit the one about about 'no backlash for reporting concerns....'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great benefits, management style leaves much to be desired

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

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Benefits
    Retirement match
    Able to use annual leave without many questions from upper management (although campus should get on page with the health system and switch to a PTO format)

    Cons

    Micromanagement approach from overseeing units (I.e. Office of Research, or UMOR)
    Opportunities are limited for administrative staff
    Low compensation compared to corporate
    As mentioned above, a switch to the PTO system versus vacation/sick would allow more flexibility on how time off is used.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research units should be able to have more autonomy and not have to conform to additional policies set by the Office of Research that are not actually in practice at any other unit. That office could definitely benefit from a clean sweep of the incompetent directors who are granted too much powers yet aren't actually completing any real work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Sold a can of beans

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

    Pros

    Benefits, opportunities for promotion, college atmosphere

    Cons

    office culture, unclear leadership, unrealistic goals and expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't crush new viewpoints, allow for new ideas to exist even if it goes against the status quo.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Okay place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - University of Michigan  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    Great benefits and time off.

    Cons

    Not challenging, uneven balance of workload, parking and traffic is challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Lectureships at UM: How UofM is a good place to work, but not a very welcoming one

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    Current Employee - Leo Lecturer I  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Leo Lecturer I in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    There are many benefits--everything from the actual benefits (nice retirement matching package, e.g.) to working for an institution that knows what it's doing and has money and has bright students. Your colleagues are smart and engaged. The location is nice and convenient; the buses up to North Campus are very helpful in the winter.

    Cons

    UM is such a big school that it has a lot of moving parts. A lot of jobs, a lot of people, a lot of students. I don't know if that *results* in their making everyone feel more or less worthless or expendable, but that's ultimately what happens. We are all made to feel completely disposable, and indeed many are treated as such. I cannot wait to get out of here--to work for a school or a company in the industry that lets me know I am valued, and that does indeed value me. Finally, the pay. I make a little over 30k a year doing what tenured professors do for double, TRIPLE, or QUADRUPLE that. Way to not value your employees, UM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your lecturers. Don't micromanage them. Let them sit on boards. Make them feel wanted. Pay them a fare wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Resourceful place to work at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Specialist  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Research Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    leadership, benefits, work life balance is good, small town, good people, help with job search,, many opportunities to talk to senior staff about personal and professional issues, very good staff.

    Cons

    should work on this infrastructure facilities, could provide more opportunities to minority students, could have good grievance committees for resolving staff conflicts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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