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University of Michigan Overview

Ann Arbor, MI
10000+ employees
College / University
Colleges & Universities
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
At Michigan, you are part of something greater, contributing to a mission of discovery and care. You are valued for your time and talent. You are supported with benefits to promote health, well-being, and balance. And you are challenged with opportunities to grow, personally and ... Read more

Mission: The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and ... Read more

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  • Seven years after last sitting at a pottery wheel, Jenna Long, an academic advisor in the School of Nursing, revived her passion for ceramics. As an adviser she assists students encountering many challenges, including divorces, pregnancies, and military deployments. #UMichCareers can be what you make of them.

  • Howard Tsai, project coordinator at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, is also a lecturer and teaches courses in Ann Arbor and Peru. Tsai is a strong supporter of utilizing the latest machines and methodologies and he urges his students to understand the importance of being proactive with their education. #UMichCareers can be what you make of them.

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University of Michigan – Why Work With Us?

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Why Work at Michigan?

Being part of something greater, of serving a larger mission of discovery and care — that's the heart of what drives people to work at Michigan. In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. It's adding a purpose to your profession. Work at Michigan and become a victor for the greater good.

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Workplace Culture


The University of Michigan has, as one of its core values, an abiding commitment to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to foster and nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect by preventing discrimination and harassment on our campuses.

Learn more about our Campus Commitment.


Michigan encourages a sense of community among all university faculty and staff by promoting and facilitating participation through regular dialogue between members of the university community and executive officers.

Learn about the Voices of the Staff engagement program.


The university is committed to a culture of good health by improving the health and quality of life for the U-M community through education, motivation and empowerment to help individuals make well-informed health care decisions and practice healthy behaviors. MHealthy, the university’s award-winning health and well-being program, offers programs and resources designed to help faculty and staff be their best—physically, mentally and emotionally.

Learn more about MHealthy.

Work-Life Balance

The University of Michigan is committed to supporting a workplace that values balance between work responsibilities and personal lives. The Work-Life Resource Center (WLRC) is a starting point for the university community to learn about resources and tools to promote work-life balance. Its services include help in locating childcare and eldercare, educational programs, consultation on flexible scheduling and child care leaves of absence.

Learn more about the Work-Life Resource Center.


Working at U-M can be the foundation of a fantastic life.

It means having a career with a higher purpose - focused on serving others through research, education, care, and action. And having leadership that values your input in making our workplace great.

It means peace of mind, knowing you have great benefits to care for yourself and your family. That you have the support to strive for well-being at work. And the flexibility to balance your life with your career.

It means being challenged to grow. And to make a commitment to lift one another up.

It means being accepted for who you are and for the talent you share. Because, when you work at U-M, you are an important part of a vibrant community.

Benefits at the University of Michigan

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability coverage
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses

Time Away from Work

Generous paid time off for vacation, holidays and sick time, as well as paid maternity and parental leave. The amount of time you accrue is based on your position, length of service, and where you work.

University observed holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Most areas offer the flexibility to substitute holidays when needed or when the nature of your job requires work on a designated holiday.

Retirement Plan

The university offers a generous two-for-one match of employee contributions to the 403(b) Basic Retirement Plan, with the option to save more through a 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Account (SRA) and a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan. SRA and 457(b) contributions can be made on a pre-tax or after-tax (Roth) basis. Employees can choose to invest with TIAA or Fidelity Investments, or both.

Health Insurance

As an employee, you have immediate access to health insurance and prescription drug coverage beginning on your first day of employment. The university regularly reviews all plans to ensure quality and value.

The University of Michigan offers a choice among several plans and plan types, including comprehensive major medical, HMO and preferred provider organization (PPO). Coverage also is available for dependents who meet age and other guidelines.

Employees can pair any U-M health plan with a pre-tax healthcare Flexible Spending Account.

Prescription Drug Plan

All eligible participants in university health plans plans are automatically enrolled in the U-M Prescription Drug Plan, which covers most prescription drugs with no deductible. The plan offers a nationwide network of retail pharmacies, as well as a convenient mail order service with reduced copays.

Dental Plan

The University of Michigan Dental Plan is administered through the Delta Dental of Michigan. The plan offers a choice of three coverage levels.

Vision Plan

Vision coverage is offered to eligible staff through Davis Vision, a preferred provider organization (PPO). As a plan participant, you receive one eye examination and one pair of eyeglasses every year.

Workplace Health and Well-being

U-M is a workplace where healthy living is encouraged and supported. MHealthy, the university's health and well-being program, helps U-M faculty and staff be at their best—physically, mentally and emotionally.

Under the leadership of President Mark Schlissel, in fall 2015, the University of Michigan embarked upon a renewed commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

After a yearlong period of intense planning, 49 units across campus devised strategic goals and objectives to fulfill the vision set forth by Schlissel and the Board of Regents.

The process culminated in fall 2016 with the creation of a five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan; the appointment of Robert Sellers as the university’s inaugural Chief Diversity Officer; and the development of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, which oversees the campuswide implementation of the unit plans.

In support of this mission, provides transparency, timely updates, and a variety of resources for the university community and the public.

University of Michigan Reviews

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University of Michigan Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at University of Michigan in April 2016.


    Hour long in person interview. They went over my education and history or work places and went over how I felt I could contribute to their team. There was three department heads there. Each one took turns asking questions. Not too stressful

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University of Michigan Awards & Accolades

  • Great Colleges to Work For, Chronicles of Higher Education, 2017
  • Healthiest Workplace in Michigan, Governor's Fitness Award, 2017
  • Top 5 U.S. Public University, Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, 2017
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