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Updated June 20, 2017
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  • College park is not like Washington D (in 28 reviews)

  • Graduate students don't get credit waiver (in 24 reviews)

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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. "Self-sufficient, Overachieving Environment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work with very smart people
    Culture dedicated to understanding truths
    Programs are led by funding-savvy individuals

    Cons

    No community feel/Isolating. Commuting campus
    Not the most welcoming environment (competitive even combative at times)
    To keep up, you must put in hours above and beyond
    Uncertainty of continued funding/position

  3. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    Good environment and good people

    Cons

    low income as a postdoc researsher


  4. "State of Maryland review title"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time

    Pros

    Best reasons to work here

    Cons

    No bad things to say at all


  5. "Student Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time

    Pros

    Very Flexible and accommodating for student workers

    Cons

    I was a commuter so my biggest problem was having a long drive to work


  6. "Graduate Assistent at BSOS UMD"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland part-time

    Pros

    Amazing work culture, nice packages for students, complete support from upper management;

    Cons

    not that I know of


  7. "Nice place to work and go to school"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy to work part-time and manage classes.

    Cons

    I'm a student who works part-time.

  8. "It is a good place, overall."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    The gym is great. It is a diverse community. It is five metro stations away from DC.

    Cons

    The traffic is always bad. Security is an issue. During my stay, the frequency of security alerts is increasing. Parking is expensive and terrible. The GRA salary is not enough when compared to the living expense in DC suburb.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more funding to the campus police.


  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. "Graduate Assistant Positions for Teaching and Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Maryland full-time

    Pros

    Great learning experience and exposure to cutting-edge research. The University of Maryland has a lot of student led organizations that attempt to create community and put students in positions to network.

    Cons

    Lack of cohesive governing body for graduate student labor and departmental variation in oversight contributes to space for abuses. Pay across departments is not uniform, and there is a clear lack of oversight for the amount/quality/purpose of graduate student work.

    Advice to Management

    Support the unionization and full recognition of employment for graduate students, which comes with being more open and transparent about funding decisions and cost of living expenses. A clear lack of engagement on the behalf of administration reflects a sense of value for graduate student work.


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