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University Research Co. Reviews

Updated May 11, 2017
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Pros
  • They typically comprise mid level managers and junior staff (in 5 reviews)

  • URC is a family owned company which works globally on public health issues with a focus on the quality of care and health systems (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Many people are completely overworked so the work/life balance is a challenge (in 7 reviews)

  • The senior management is anything but professional (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Recruitment Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Recruitment Associate in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very caring, intelligent, hard working and incredible mentors and colleagues who value the junior staff and help them grow personally and professionally (They made coming to work everyday a pleasure!). Ability to work on multiple projects at once. Great professional development opportunities. Great on work-life balance. The new president is an amazing and humble person and I am excited to see where he takes the company in future.

    Cons

    Has it's ups and down like any other company

    Advice to Management

    Work on the Go - No go process for BD, continue seeking and developing ideas to bring in new business


  2. Helpful (7)

    "URC has the potential to be a good company, but falls short in almost all areas"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Program Officer in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    URC has some amazing entry-level and mid-level staff. They are technically competent, friendly, and create a community among themselves because the corporate culture is not very supportive. The company are also involved in some high-level and successful global health projects.

    Cons

    1) The way the company silos the three main technical divisions is such a disservice to the company. It does not allow for cross divisional collaboration. Leadership is too cautious to stand up to the vice presidents because their reputations are one of URC's main assets. Because of this, business development, professional growth, and overall leadership and mentorship to junior staff is sorely lacking.
    2) Turnover is well over 60% because low- and mid-level staff have inadequate support. They are worked until they burn out, and then they leave. Supervisors do not have proper training, business development overwhelms everyone's workloads, and work-life balance is nonexistent.
    3) Financial compensation is well below industry standards for junior staff, yet at the same time senior management make well into the six figures. Professional growth in the company is skewed for staff due to favoritism, nepotism, or sucking up to leadership.
    4) The company has been around for 50 years, but has yet to get in the 21st century on business practices. The most notable one is leadership's disregard for being environmentally conscious. In the company's recent move, leadership disregarded multiple staff members' requests to be more green - especially in regards to the use of reusable dishware in the kitchen to reduce paper waste. They also don't support telecommuting or flexible work schedules as much as they could. With today's technology, this should be a given and not something you have to fight for.

    Advice to Management

    1) Stand up to your division heads in order to make the company work more efficiently and be less cost-prohibitive.
    2) Listen to your lower level staff on new ideas for project implementation and business practices - especially in regards to utilizing new technologies and being "green."
    3) Make more efforts to improve retention - actually care about your staff's work-life balance, professional growth, mentorship, and compensation (financial and otherwise).

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, amazing people to work with"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Missio- driven organization, caring mentors who value and support junior staff. interesting projects with great diversity and outstanding impact. Highly qualified senior staff. Enjoy coming to work everyday. URC is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Long hours sometime but that with most jobs

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the support to junior staff and field staff. Continue that.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Extended Family"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is my first full time job after finishing my undergraduate degree, and URC feels like an extended family to me. After reading some of the nasty comments on Glassdoor, I decided that staff who enjoy working at URC should also have a voice.

    Through hard work, I've been promoted twice. People who work hard are being recognized and promoted here. This company has given me the room to grow personally and professionally, and I enjoy coming into work everyday.

    Cons

    There are occasional long hours, and ups and downs, but this is like any other job.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Exceptional people"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work! Exceptional leadership and talented staff around the world working for a great public health cause. URC has developed innovative solutions for prevention and control of infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health.

    Cons

    improve opportunities for junior staff

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing great work


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Company culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People work well together in each division. The benefits are ok. Great location. Some of the practice leads are outstanding at what they do and those few people carry the entire company.

    Cons

    People work well together in each division, as mentioned, but not so much collaboration among the three different practice divisions. The business development team, including pricing, do not produce the best proposals. too much politics lead by some of the HR staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the talented people you have and be fair and mindful of what they can bring to the table if they are given the opportunity.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Overall great company with nice co-workers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice here and the management is very strict.

    Cons

    Works for intern is a little bit boring.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Unprofessional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The coffee options are good. Located near metro.Some very smart and talented employees, who care about their work. They typically comprise mid level managers and junior staff.

    Cons

    The senior management is anything but professional. Many at the top are just plain narcissistic and feudal in their management style. They don't care about the company, the mission, or its staff. Just plain wasting US tax payer money, while burning out young staff. HR wastes time writing FAKE positive reviews in Glassdoor; while turning a blind eye to the poor behavior of the head honchos. The new President (knew him before he became the President) is a nice guy. Hope he can clean things up.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management is pointless. Advice that the new President... get a new executive team in place before things go south all together. Promote capable mid-level managers.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Do You Like Romper Room?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Position in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Position in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some talented, well-intended people - but everyone ends up feeling trapped, frustrate and rightly deserving or better quality in their professional life.

    Cons

    All senior VPs behave like 3 yr. olds, i.e., NO, you cannot play in my sand box. If you think this is fun, it is not. There are even larger issues given that this is, after all, international development. There are many poor and sick people it the world. Trust me, being unemployed is preferable to being mired in URC's toxic web. I'm sorry to be negative but the point of this review consistent I believe with Glassdoor's mission, is to share professional, candid insights. For those of you in business development, consider for one instant that this 50+ yr. old organization has no "go/no-go decision-making framework" . Consider carefully the implications.

    Advice to Management

    Retire - as soon as possible, please. Give the organization with talent and potential to make a positive difference in the world.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Good Intentions, Poor Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University Research Co. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Contains passionate, eager, and intelligent individuals, particularly at mid-level and below
    Decent benefits
    About to move to a brand new office in Friendship Heights

    Cons

    Toxic work environment
    Paradoxical ignorance of business development processes, despite stated intentions of sustainable growth
    Poor transition from Barbara Turner as President
    Sly, Machiavellian tendencies by some (one Prince in particular) in senior management

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Plain and simple.
    Embrace established business development practices before your company's win rate falls off a cliff
    Welcome younger/fresher voices into upper management
    Get back to your mission of saving lives, not lining your pockets before the ship sinks


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