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National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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  1. "Management needs to be clear on strategic objectives"

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    • 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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    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.

  3. "Great While It Lasted"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary, location, great support and mentorship

    Cons

    Could not generate new business and had to lay off many


  4. "Business Services Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bowie, MD
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Bowie, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, such as 401k, tuition remission, health insurance, annual/sick leave and 3 personal days per calendar year.

    Cons

    Traffic is very congested around that area.


  5. "Great first job out of college"

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    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Subject Matter Expert in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice coworkers, HR, great facility for full-time employees, enjoyable tasks

    Cons

    Lack of workspace for employees, lack of organization, no notice to employees when contract wasn't renewed

    Advice to Management

    Try to get better organized and solidify contracts rather than losing them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "NFLC Experience"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Consultant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility to work with your schedule

    Cons

    salary is low
    training is informal and doesn't further personal growth

    Advice to Management

    more investment on training


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of stability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Good work/life balance and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Business development was essentially non-existent resulting in massive layoffs. Those left are looking for other jobs as faith is low that new contracts will come.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to "shore up" your business development efforts.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company - Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Exempt Employee in Riverdale, MD
    Former Employee - Exempt Employee in Riverdale, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    I was able to advance pretty quickly, learning many tools I will use through out my career. I very much enjoyed the other employees, and the friendships I made. They were the best part of working there. I loved my immediate supervisor. She encouraged my growth and gave me avenues to better myself personally and professionally.

    Cons

    There were clear favorites for upper management. Your performance wasn't always judged by how well you worked. It was also measured by whether they liked you. They grew too fast, and spent money in ways that didn't protect their employees. As a result they needed to let go of a high percentage this year. Of course their favorites were rewarded with raises, while others lost their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to get the extra work done, until you are sure you need more people. Even if that means you have to work longer hours. You certainly get paid enough.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Close to home
    Time off
    University Benefits
    Friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Negotiating with other employees.
    Not a whole lot of communication from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees and be honest with them.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "My experience at The NFLC was terrible. I was bullied and treated unfairly. Others were treated poorly as well."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work there is because it's part of the University of Maryland (UMD). The UMD has great benefits.

    Cons

    A lot of the staff are in jobs they are not qualified to do.

    Advice to Management

    While the upper management are all hired as full-time permanent employees, all others are only hired on yearly contracts. If they offer full-time permanent positions for others, they will attract better employees


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