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University of Michigan Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
752 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.  

    Research Assistant

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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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    independence, guidance and support as needed, encouragement from my team and leadership, low -moderate stress

    Cons

    availability of resources, time management systems and redundancies, recognition of beyond the role work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take practice in performing some of your researchers' jobs for an hour or two per month related to jobs / tasks with small impact on project results but improved personnel metrics most notably happiness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good University

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    The faculty is great and everyone is helpful. A lot of resources available and the environment is quite friendly

    Cons

    Too cold and not too much to do in the town. Not recommended if you come from the city and have never lived in a rural setting

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    GSI (Graduate Student Instructor). I was assisting professors in teaching two classes.

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    Former Employee - GSI (Graduate Student Instructor) in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - GSI (Graduate Student Instructor) in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at University of Michigan part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Being in close relationship with both students and professors, creating a bridge between the two.
    Great salary (full payment of the tuition plus a monthly salary) and health benefits, working just 9 hours per week.
    Great recognition in academia.

    Cons

    Being a students that has to teach to other students (sometimes older then you) it's sometimes a wired feeling

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    They try really hard to make everything very easy for you to get started.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    It really depends which department you're working with, but chances are that if you're working with a faculty member, you're working with a top person in his/her field of study.

    Cons

    Not all experiences can be the same. Some faculty can have very high expectations, even unrealistic, but it really depends on who you're working with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    All in all, it's a good place to work. Cutting edge research and excellent benefits

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Great people to work with. Lasting friendships. Free use of university and public transportation buses

    Cons

    Terrible parking situation. Not the best place to work if you are young and unestablished or looking to go back to school since tuition incentives are not the greatest. They do have a very good retirement package, however.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've had very good managers. They work hard and make sure that we do too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Michigan

    Pros

    Good work done I am satisfied

    Cons

    Good work done I am satisfied

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    being a grad student is tough, and gets you through

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

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

    Pros

    Best is you walk out with a degree with little chance of failure. You have a lot of smart people to interact with every day, and lots of people willing to help you at every step of education. You also get a ton of family benefits for health care, dental care, prescriptions, and life insurance. You get benefits for each child you have, and there are great family housing options.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay, pay does not reflect hard work, and there is almost no chance of a raise. The living costs downtown rival those of downtown San Francisco, so you may want to get a place a little ways from campus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a basic academia culture. Very social in general, but entirely

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A great university

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

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

    Pros

    In general, this is a great research institution with a lot of resources in the College of Engineering where I am a student.

    Cons

    I have heard engineering students complain about Michigan focusing on research rather than teaching. In that case, therefore, it would not be disappointing sometimes when classes are not really taught well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work of encouraging diversity at all levels. The collaborative nature of research across different disciplines is one such example.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Pretty good Employer, I'm somewhat happy working here.

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    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Specialist in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation and they help provide the tools for high learning.

    Cons

    minimum compensation for seasoned employees, difficult to gain personal growth within the department. Not a good balance of employee morale (low) and customer service (high).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I want to suggest Compensating employees for what they're worth and not who they know.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fair, transparent, good values

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, flexibility, freedom to express ideas and have them taken seriously, good opportunity for advancement if you stay focused.

    Cons

    Benefits not extended to temporary employees. If you work on a project it is considered a temp position. I have worked on many in succession and have never been offered benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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