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Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great access to research material, flexible hours, and fantastic health insurance

    Cons

    I wish I were paid more.


  2. "Good Place to study"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a Friendly Environment

    Cons

    there is some Low Pay

  3. "Research assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Nice campus, good professors and good facilities

    Cons

    not much too say. Almost perfect for work and study.


  4. "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


  5. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Administrative people are friendly and competent. The academics (professors and students) are also great. Lots of amazing research being done.

    Cons

    Even if your contract is not long, you have to pick a pension scheme.


  6. "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.


  7. "Lab Manager"

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager in College Park, MD
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible work environment
    - Accomodating schedules
    - Academia culture

    Cons

    - Not much opportunity for growth

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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