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UMBC Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work with great people (in 9 reviews)

  • It's a good place to learn in several opportunities (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There are no cons to working at this place (in 10 reviews)

  • The pay is low, but can very from department to department (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Just fine . . ."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMBC full-time

    Pros

    A typical small university environment.

    Cons

    Organization is bureaucratic and typical for a small university.


  2. "Payroll"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMBC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tuition remission, Time off especially around the holidays and medical benefits are awesome.

    Cons

    No real room for growth depending on what department you work for.


  3. "Best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UMBC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pros are the benefits, they are great. The fact that you can advance your education for almost nothing is great as well. You are a state employee is also another perk.

    Cons

    The salaries are on the low end. UMBC like to think it is all for the employee’s be it is actually not. An example of this is the service awards that they have every year, at other colleges that I have worked at everyone gets to go to the awards ceremony even if they are not getting one, but not UMBC. If you are NOT getting an award you CAN NOT attend the service.


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  5. "Decent Graduate School"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at UMBC full-time

    Pros

    There is a great sense of community among Grad students. Many opportunities to connect, support, and mentor one another along the way.

    Cons

    My health insurance was cut off before my final summer of teaching was finished... and I didn't know until after the fact.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more efforts made to allow students to successfully network with people outside of acadamia in industry and government. Not everyone desires the path of tenure and the professoriate.


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    "Typical Educational / State Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Health / Leave benefits
    - Flexible hours
    - You can take classes*
    - Teaching positions available
    - Windows in most offices
    - Yard crew making the campus look great

    Cons

    - Classes are outdated (when you do sign up)*
    - Quite a few complacent instructors (who will not talk to you if you are not signed up for their class)*
    - Parking (they make you pay to park at work-- Yes, that is right: They cut your pay to give you a parking spot ultimately to pay for the student bus service. A bus service that is underfunded and people with cars don't need the bus service. -- NOTE: Use the free parking at research park drive which is a 15 minute walk)
    - Little incentive for improvement. Starting in 2005, people have been at the same pay level for 11 years. They did a hiring freeze, which means that if you change positions or colleges you still get the same pay level, even if the new position is more specialized. Not much incentive there to work more.
    - Watch out for those people who have no incentive to do work, and just push the buck. They put needless / useless paperwork in your way which turns out to be outdated / not needed. Word of advice: Get a second opinion before filling out any form.

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to your employees, they are your bread and butter, and acknowledge that their emails and concerns are being listened to.
    - The new PMP forms are far better than the long previous forms, but use them in two directions. Some managers need some help too.
    - Secretaries are your front face to any organization. Move them around! It'll hurt your production line, but getting some exposure for other workers may help overcome the troubles of lack of incentive.


  7. "UMBC residential life"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMBC part-time

    Pros

    Consistent paychecks, very open-minded/accepting environment

    Cons

    Department has a lot of people moving in and out. Just when you think you're fully staffed, someone else leaves.

    Advice to Management

    i don't have anything to say


  8. "Pay is OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UMBC part-time

    Pros

    The job is easy to do.

    Cons

    The pay is low, but can very from department to department.

    Advice to Management

    Give more money


  9. "Faculty Research Assitant"

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    Current Employee - Faculty Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Faculty Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UMBC full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very free work environment. Flexibility to work at comfortable timings.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive and an over-worked job.


  10. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at UMBC part-time

    Pros

    The environment is good. Students here are great.

    Cons

    The staffs in our department are not very polite. They are not willing to help students.

    Advice to Management

    You should care about students more.


  11. "Work is satisfsctory"

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    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Student Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMBC part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You can gain administrative work experience. This job also helps in gaining soft skills. I got to learn the transfer services process for credits

    Cons

    Need to handle pressure. Sometimes you need to listen to people's rage and handle their anger as supervisors are not willing to come upfront

    Advice to Management

    Everything is well managed



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