National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland - Overall, a passable place to work, but suffers from seriously flawed and unethical practices. | Glassdoor
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"Overall, a passable place to work, but suffers from seriously flawed and unethical practices."

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Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
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I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland as a contractor (More than 3 years)

Pros

Interesting work with more government money than should be allowed. The center largely acts as a typical DC middle agency for federal and grant funds. Lots of opportunities for travel on the center's dime and very nice, quirky people to work with. Quite a bit of downtime, so much so that many employees use their time to study for classes, surf dating sites, and watch movies, but don't you dare get caught with a book (ebooks are a good way around that). Paid lunch hour, which is technically not supposed to happen, but it's a nice perk that management ignores. Nice building, with free parking, which is a nice perk when working at UMD. The director is actually competent, in addition to professional and genuinely kind.

Cons

Management and employees, for the most part, are great to work with. HR and the executives however are dismal! One year they told all of us that no one gets a raise, and then they gave themselves raises. They've also had incredibly unfair employment standards where they have fired a few people, all female by the way, some of whom went on to sue the center, win, and been forcibly rehired! Since then, they have wizened up and picked up new tricks. HR has bullied people into leaving the center because the budget called for the firing of somebody and the HR member (she) wanted to save their job. Very high turnover, except for a very small group of people.

Advice to Management

Rebuild the HR department from the ground up, consider firing the incredibly and blatantly sexist individual on the exec committee (and everyone knows who he is), stop lying to your employees about funds, and stop treating people like children. Adults don't need dress codes and curfews.

Other Employee Reviews for National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

  1. "Management needs to be clear on strategic objectives"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Great University of Maryland Benefits
    -Flexible Schedule
    -Great Co-Workers

    Cons

    -Pay sucks
    -Limited Growth opportunities
    -Management is trying to make so many changes without a clear objectives
    -Project based funding which could lead to lay offs due to lack of funding

    Advice to Management

    Change has to be planned.


  2. "Overall good place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great coworkers--everyone is very friendly. Also free parking, and free coffee and tea.

    Cons

    Job is boring, and there are no restaurants or shops in walking distance.


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