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"Employees need more opportunities for career development and advancement!"

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Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
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I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Some great people and interesting projects. Good maternal/parental benefits.

Cons

Low morale, few career development opportunities, little interest in building capacity of staff, poor human capital management, poor work/life balance, limited promotion potential, low pay. Except under certain circumstances (e.g people with favoritism benefits), employees without MPH, MD, and/or PhD degrees will not go far and will not get to do interesting work, because they are not "technical", even if they have advanced degrees and experience. Favoritism runs rampant with some great employees stuck in their positions for years, while others are undeservingly promoted once or more every year. It is a toxic work environment with in-fighting between departments, managers, and staff. Lots of micromanaging at every level of the company. The turnover rate is through the roof, with a revolving door of staff departures and new hires. Managers are sometimes abusive to staff and unconstructive blame is always being thrown around. Employees spend much of their social time discussing opportunities they are pursuing with other organizations and companies.

Advice to Management

Invest more in employees and promote more from within. Many will be in the industry for much of their careers and may not want to work with/for URC in the future. Better starting salaries and raises. Recognize that employees without MPH degrees are capable of understanding and performing "technical" work.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "A hostile and toxic work environment due to abusive senior management staff and policies."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time

    Pros

    Most of the staff at URC are good people and hard workers. The projects that the company does are generally well-run and make important contributions to the field of global health.

    Cons

    Senior management (with a very few exceptions) make this company a very difficult place to work. Policies and decisions often seem arbitrary and ill-made and do not reflect the best interests of the global health community, the company, or the staff. Most staff are denied opportunities for development and growth, expected to work long hours without compensation or recognition, and inappropriately accused, blamed, and punished for issues beyond their control. The atmosphere here is one of tension at its best and fear at its worst, and many staff (when not fired as a result of the company's decreasing revenue) are choosing to look for other opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    To turn this company around, you will need to start by changing your attitudes and policies. URC's very competent staff is its best asset, but they must be supported and empowered to do their best work. Your self-serving attitude is bringing this company down.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Need better career development for all employees, not just selected few"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time

    Pros

    I really cannot think about anything I really enjoyed while working at URC, except meeting some fantastic people at HQ or in the field offices. Visiting and working with the field offices was probably the part I enjoyed the most.

    Cons

    Only 3 days of sick leave a year, and one of the toughest inclement weather policy in the nonprofit sector.
    Really needs to improve on HR.
    Pay/work balance was not great.
    Too much favoritism. Career development/advancement was really fast for some people while other producing the same quality of work had to wait forever or move on.

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