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University Research Co. Reviews

Updated March 15, 2017
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Pros
  • After reading some of the nasty comments on Glassdoor, I decided that staff who enjoy working at URC should also have a voice (in 3 reviews)

  • A great place to work if you believe in doing good in the world (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Many people are completely overworked so the work/life balance is a challenge (in 5 reviews)

  • The senior management is anything but professional (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Exceptional people"

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    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, amazing people to work with"

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    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Extended Family"

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Company culture"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Overall great company with nice co-workers"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Unprofessional"

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    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.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Do You Like Romper Room?"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Good Intentions, Poor Leadership"

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    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Petty and political; disorganized and dreadful"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much to speak of

    Cons

    backstabbing colleagues, low pay, little room for advancement, management only focused on helping themselves

    Advice to Management

    overhaul many managers, high level and mid-level. heard president barbara turner is leaving, but there needs to be much more change


  11. Helpful (3)

    "You are probably better off anywhere else"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great, motivated young professionals (that the company abusively burns out). Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, highly uncompetitive pay, haplessly ineffective management personnel at the first, second, and third tiers, a complete lack cohesive contract, operations, financial, or administrative management. A company culture of buck-passing, so that everything starts and ends with the lowest staff.

    Advice to Management

    You are responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts, USAID funding, and projects, with thousands of staff around the world. You have no contracts management systems, no effective financial management tools, and no plan to fix these glaring deficiencies. You should solicit the input of people who appreciate the scale of the mess that you have created, and work in a highly collaborative way to leverage their understanding and hustle out a plan to construct a functional modern company.


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