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University of Maryland College Park Reviews

Updated July 3, 2017
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University of Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh
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  • College park is not like Washington D (in 28 reviews)

  • Graduate students don't get credit waiver (in 25 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good university, high reputation, good work life balance, well paid, pretty campus

    Cons

    too large to navigate, not safe close to campus

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to safety issues


  2. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Director in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Director in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse campus community. A mini-city. From deans to truck drivers, lawyers to housekeepers. Million dollar coaches to over-extended support staff.

    Cons

    Very stratified. If the various colleges could erect a wall around their building, they would be just as happy dealing only with their own. There were definitely the haves and the have-nots. No clear over-arching administrative fabric--everyone had their own fiefdoms run the way THAT unit or college wanted it without consistency across the campus. Some colleges or units were great, others just awful with the turnover to prove it!

    Advice to Management

    Turnover at the highest level became acute while I was there. From the President to almost all of the Deans. Some VP slots like Finance and Administration had more than five people in that job in ten years. Some great, some downright awful. A greater sense of community within the overall administration needs to be restored. Because of the revolving door, people who had contributed for 20+ years and had a wealth of knowledge were abruptly laid off or otherwise terminated simply because of another change in leadership. In several instances across campus, the new leader was getting rid of long-term employees without having worked with them a day. How can you know you don't need a person or position without actually finding out what they do, or if there is another role they could perform? You lost a lot of good people that way. I left on my own, but still have close ties to campus and find some of it shocking.

    Need for more internal consistency. For example, departmental or college HR units approached things very differently. What was a firing offense in one unit had a blind-eye turned to it in another. Some administrators were clearly doing private work that had zero benefit to the campus, yet no one would act. Not talking about professors writing books--that can bring prestige to a unit. Supervisors using staff for their own side endeavors. Staff transferring across campus got tripped up in the different "rules," maybe honestly not knowing because there was never a clear campus policy that was enforced.

  3. "IT Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - IT Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - IT Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of time off.

    Cons

    Does not follow own policies, can be multi-minded

    Advice to Management

    Find standards that work for most, cater specially to the rest


  4. "Wonderful institution but struggles to incorporate graduate student needs"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Environment is friendly. Fellow graduate students in government and politics are fun and hard-working.

    Cons

    Funding for graduate students is below our peers, and far below what is required to meet our departmental aspirations.

    Advice to Management

    Very poor job of connecting University resources to students. Faculty have a very hands off approach to graduate students, which leaves quite a few twisting in the wind or quitting after slugging through the first three years.


  5. "Getting that PhD"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Have won a lot of scholarships / fellowships / awards

    Cons

    Can't unionize as a graduate student worker in a state university.


  6. "Decent Place to work as a student"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in College Park, MD
    Current Intern - Software Engineer Intern in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Above minimum wage
    - very flexible hours

    Cons

    - Paid a lot less than other jobs with the same work
    - Max 20 hours a week


  7. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Staff is friendly, salary is adequate for living expenses

    Cons

    traffic is the worst here.

  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits and work experience

    Cons

    Work education balance may change depending on project


  9. "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Associate Director in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    My department is great with an amazing director. Our department purpose is clear and I get to use my skill everyday and feel my department cares about me and my development

    Cons

    PARKING!!!! The Senior campus leadership in particular the President appears to treat staff like a commodity and seems more interested in being a urban developer than the leader of a great univeristy

    Advice to Management

    President Loh - live up to your promises to have everyone, most importantly yourself, treat staff with respect and focus on creating a great university for students instead of using the donors money to re create College Park for private corporations to get rich!!!!


  10. "Overall good experience"

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    Former Employee - Director in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Director in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, administration is trending in right direction overall

    Cons

    Parking rates for employees, processes are very slow

    Advice to Management

    Take business approach to units and think more entrepreneurial


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