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University of Maryland College Park Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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  1. "Education was fine; research experience felt useful."

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in College Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Convenience and building a relationship with professors. Extra income was a nice bonus as a college student, and doing something within one's field is always beneficial.

    Cons

    Finding time to work can be difficult depending on courseload. Sometimes projects can face hurdles and hours per week can be inconsistent.


  2. "Excellent Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk Representative in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Front Desk Representative in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours
    - Company culture is perfect balance between competitive and welcoming

    Cons

    I can't seem to think of any. It's a great position that I would recommend to any student looking to make some extra cash!

    Advice to Management

    I have no complaints. Keep being yourselves, and students will love you. You were all very nice to me, and I'm happy I had the position.

  3. "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.


  4. "Great opportunity to research"

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in College Park, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good working environment, helpful staff.

    Cons

    Undergraduate pay limit is fixed for certain jobs.


  5. "Student Designer"

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    Former Employee - Student Graphic Designer in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Student Graphic Designer in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is super friendly and great to talk to. Plenty of learning opportunities. Very laid back work environment. Stress free environment.

    Cons

    Projects can get repetitive at times, such as updating old forms. Pay periods are 2 weeks behind which takes getting used to.


  6. "Student Affairs Staff member"

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    Current Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    vacation, independence, mostly caring colleagues

    Cons

    no vision, departmental silos, poor budgeting, antiquated practices


  7. "Project Coordinator"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    I have been working at University of Maryland as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in TLPL, in the Center for Mathematics Education has been an outstanding and rewarding experience.

    Cons

    Older building, climate control not great.

  8. "Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible Hours
    -Workload is easy to manage on top of classes and research

    Cons

    -varies based on adviser & class you are TAing for


  9. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very helpful cleanroom staff
    Tools are maintained well
    Good variety of instrumentation
    Facilities staff are quite prompt in responding to issues

    Cons

    Do not have some subscriptions to important field-specific journals
    Some administrators are nasty


  10. "Stress Free Nice Working Environment"

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

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mostly Driving College Students so no passenger issues

    Small company so everyone knows everybody

    Tuition Remission ( if full time)

    Since employed for University of Maryland you have full access to most facilities and discounted access to the rest

    No mandatory uniform -allowed to wear regular wardrobe (within reason)

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other CDL positions

    A lot of routes are short and redundant ( circles college campus)

    Must constantly look out for pedestrians darting across the street at inappropriate times ( college campus)

    High percentage of young student employees

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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