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Updated October 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work as a student (in 10 reviews)

  • Tuition remission, Time off especially around the holidays and medical benefits are awesome (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • There are no cons to working at this place (in 11 reviews)

  • As always, tuition remission is a great benefit to full-time non-contingent employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Easy job to do"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at UMBC (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very casual environment, easy jon

    Cons

    Raises are very hard to get


  2. "Great University"

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    Current Employee - P/T Lecturer in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - P/T Lecturer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UMBC part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Treat their part-time instructors well.

    Cons

    With most adjunct positions, could pay better.

    Advice to Management

    Adjunct pay should be more inline with full-time professors.

  3. "It's a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UMBC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall my experience was a very good one. I learned how to work with various people and personalities; gained some great skills, completed my advanced degree and worked on some great projects. The benefit package was awesome, especially regarding leave (accrued, sick and personal). Understanding and empathetic staff and management.

    Cons

    Not enough emphasis on regular staff development; suggested, urged, but not prioritized unless it's project related. It can be difficult to advance in certain positions, because no one wants to leave (if this can be considered a con).


  4. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMBC full-time

    Pros

    Small enough to easily know others. Large enough to be intellectually challenging and stimulating. Great students!

    Cons

    Under resourced. Big aspirations, but funds are not allocated to stated priorities. Not many opportunities to grow since people stay forever and there are a limited number of mid to upper level roles.


  5. "Test"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not a bad place to work.

    Cons

    Not the best place to work.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of friendly staff and great mentors! Great location and great pay and benefits. I really enjoy working here and look forward to what the future has to bring in the department

    Cons

    Main concern is that the food is quite expensive in the area. Another con is that the building is quite old so the bathrooms aren’t that nice l.


  7. "Graduate stipend is fair"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UMBC part-time

    Pros

    Good support in my department (CSEE)
    Exciting research
    Support is adequate

    Cons

    Opportunities for support are highly competitive, so not everyone can get them

  8. "Awesome!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UMBC full-time

    Pros

    Great hours and sense of community.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement without degree.


  9. "Needs Transparency to Staff"

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    Current Employee - Staff
    Current Employee - Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMBC full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse student body. Supportive co-workers. Always busy with ebb and flow of semester. State benefits are decent. Tuition remission is a plus. There are a ton of hard-working people and offices around campus. Free gym usage. I feel safe on campus. Variety of coffee and lunch places.

    Cons

    President is inspiring, but Provost has little integrity. Provost puts very little in writing. We were told to "make this go away" when a student raised an issue all the way to the 10th floor. Administration wants to hide low staff morale. Eyes roll at "strategic plan" which does not refer to staff. Long-time staff can seem resistant to change/new technology. Administration expects you to answer emails day, night, weekends just because they have poor work-life balance. People can't believe I pay over $300/year for parking.

    Advice to Management

    Faculty are on a pedestal and staff are the lowlifes even though we are the backbone to your operations. We stay because we believe in the institution but we are disappointed in budget cuts to programs and no salary increases. When president leaves/retires, expect a flood of people to follow. I enjoyed working there for the first few years, but when layers of the onion got peeled back, I've found myself disgusted at leadership. All we can continue to do is serve the students and each other.


  10. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMBC part-time

    Pros

    Instructors are nice. The work can be done within proper hours. The salary is reasonable.

    Cons

    The health insurance may not be that good based on my experience, although it is covered for a TA.


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