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. "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Contractor - Project Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Contractor - Project Assistant in College Park, MD
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-Life balance is really good. Flexible too.

    Cons

    Does not pay well, but the benefits are great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Little job security and less team spirit"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland as a contractor

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, and above average benefits through the University of Maryland. Very flexible telecommuting option. Some job security for teacher's pets.

    Cons

    Funding is almost entirely through outside contracts, and the NFLC's inability to retain them means that widespread layoffs are a regular thing. Several people in leadership roles lack skills to manage, lead, communicate, and/or team build. Many hires seem unqualified, and not all of them are being let go. Only full time on site employees have offices. Little room for growth and constant job insecurity leads to low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to the promises of transparency, and if you are going to write a newsletter to staff, at least acknowledge the fact that half of them will not longer have jobs in 2018. Make sure that your overpaid administrators have basic training for their jobs. Realize that making everyone give up their offices and phones was a fatal blow for morale, which was already low due to not being able to offer contracts of longer than a year.

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