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Updated August 17, 2017
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  • College park is not like Washington D (in 29 reviews)

  • Not sure it's the best idea to let graduate students teaching undergrad classes independently (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "awesome."

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    Current Employee - GRA in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - GRA in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule & nice people. They will pay for your classes and for your living expenses while you perform research for them. This is only if you are in a field such as engineering. Make sure to get your work done and to stay on task. Also, it is best if you can find housing very close to campus or the commute will be horrible! Look at the metro and bus routes and see if you can use public transportation instead of driving to work. It will save you gas money and many headaches! Overall, UMD is great and terps rule!

    Cons

    The commute is horrible- traffic around 495 sucks!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to younger employees


  2. "UMD : An Exciting, cutting edge technological experience and learning"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant, Grade III in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant, Grade III in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    There's a good research culture. Students and researchers intermingle and exchange ideas and thoughts in a free and constructive way. There's a lot of transparency in every level of communication and most faculty have an open door policy.

    Apart from approachability there's also a lot of scope for interdisciplinary research (at least among the different engineering disciplines). Which makes archaic ideas like "aerospace engineers" deal with only rockets and planes quite redundant. Also, the classes that are offered are quite stimulating for most parts and very helpful in gaining expertise in one's area of research. The atmosphere is fairly laid back and not very high pressure.

    Cons

    Takes most people a long time to graduate, there should be more planning and cohesiveness in getting people graduated sooner. Need better forums to bring research from different areas together, off late new initiatives are in place for graduate students to come and present their research to others. There need to be more panel meetings to meet all faculty and understand their work.

    The department is split up into several labs in different parts of the campus. It would be more useful to have all units in close proximity to improve constructive interactions. Also, the facilities at the various labs while adequate, could use an upgrade in certain student facilities such as printers, computers etc.

    Advice to Management

    International students find it harder to find research jobs and positions, the senior faculty could help create a database of their contacts in the professional world.

  3. "Good pay with plenty of time off."

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    Current Employee - Advisor in Largo, MD
    Current Employee - Advisor in Largo, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free tuition for employees. Great information systems to make job efficient.

    Cons

    Not enough time for professional growth.

    Advice to Management

    We should be able to wear jeans to work.


  4. "University of Maryland Professor"

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    Current Employee - Professor in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Professor in College Park, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    As a faculty member, you can make your own future. The university's location is excellent for collaborative research. Once a tenured professor, you have job security.

    Cons

    Academia is no longer a bastion of free thought and shared governance is more talk than action. Due to the recession, employees will not receive raises and will be furloughed for the third straight year.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a new president who will advocate for diversity and the environment in terms of positions and initiatives. Place more emphasis on traditional academic values of access to high quality education for our future world citizens.


  5. "UMBC"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and great colleagues.

    Cons

    Small university, limited growth potential.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Very nice place to develop career"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    UMCP foceses not only on "academic" or "sciency" things but also on practical and industrial things so that students or research faculty could have opportunities to develop either direction.

    Cons

    Quite expensive area to live with post-doctoral salary ranges.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going!


  7. "good place to work"

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

    Pros

    a) senior management appreciates your contribution
    b) work-life balance - management is considerate of employee's needs
    c) opportunity to take on leadership roles

    Cons

    a) Not enough opportunities for career advancement
    b) Confined to roles - not being able to expand understanding of industry which is understandable given the nature of the industry itself

    Advice to Management

    Organize more trainings for employees
    Have a more defined feedback and appraisal system at regular intervals, encouraging employees to set and achieve goals for personal/professional development

  8. "Great people, work and vision"

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

    Pros

    Even though small organization, great individuals to work with, a lot of autonomy, benefit from working with different centers across the University, flexibility in working hours and off site

    Cons

    As this is a center within a University, it is hard to sometimes get things done

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Conduct research with a professor"

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

    Pros

    Tuition remission, Assistantship salary, various academic seminars and events. You can do a Master's of PhD with no school expenses plus you get a salary.

    Cons

    Some of the negative aspects are that you will have to work overtime to get your research done. Most of the time you will be working 40+ hours.


  10. "A place where you can learn and engage in organizational activities"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in College Park, MD
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in College Park, MD
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good Management, Colleagues are good to work with. Information sharing is encouraged.
    Good benefits.
    Learning opportunities.
    Responsibilities are equally divided.

    Cons

    Working at a university won't provide more exposure to the corporate world. The process can be improved and time-lines should be made more strict.

    Advice to Management

    Leaders at UMD are doing a good job, but there has to be some good process and knowledge management activities in place so better operations.


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