UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins
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Pros
  • Nice working culture, good infrastructure, same good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • State institution offers great benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No growth opportunity, poor raises, raises based on team rather than individual performance, low pay, boring work (in 2 reviews)

  • Does not have good career development opportunities; Does not comply with NIH guidlines for employee benefits and compensation (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Yearly layoffs in IT continue

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administration Engineer in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administration Engineer in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of tech for an IT person to get their hands on. Money is being invested in certain areas.

    Cons

    Consistent management turnover with even more consistent worker level "layoffs". I quote layoffs because it's not a cost saving measure, but just a nice way to circumvent their regular policy of paying appropriate severance. Like many situations with large management turnover, the sycophants quickly rise up the ranks. Don't be realistic if you want to succeed here; only unrealistic optimism and fake smiles win the day. Partnerships flounder (DCO and hosted email) in the mean time.


  2. Really depends on the lab you work in

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Medical benefits. Easy access by public transport, if you live in Worcester

    Cons

    Low pay. Lab technicians start 30,000.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Political clowns

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are inline with econmy

    Cons

    You name it they treat people like animals and rules only apply to certain people...

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees as you would like to be treated


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  5. Very Stressful and NO Appreciation

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Found no pros to working for this place

    Cons

    Consistent turnovers, very little training, expect you to know all their systems immediately, tools to work with don't work well but you are expected to produce work somehow, very organized, lots of pressure to meet deadlines but given the job to do very near deadline date. Paying for parking and then having to take a shuttle or walk quite a distance Never worked in a place with so many unhappy employees who only stayed because it was a job for the time being.

    Advice to Management

    With the low salary and decreased benefits the least you can do as an employer is cover the cost of parking. Also allow flexibility in schedules to accommodate for the distance of parking. There should be at least a 15 minimum flex time. Employees should not be forced to pay Union dues. Have more respect for the employees, first by paying them more then is being offered, and pay according to merit. Having everyone receive the same wage increase leaves no incentive to work hard.


  6. Stay far away from pharmacy services!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, coworkers are friendly and supportive

    Cons

    Management is inept, apathetic and unqualified for their positions. No support given to employees- you're on your own. Don't expect any professional growth here. Reliant on two companies as clients to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Trim the fat and get rid of managers who have ambiguous titles and don't contribute to the company. Find and develop managers who understand how to motivate and empower your employees. This is the reason 35+ employees have left this dept over the last two years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    All elements of UMass Worcester are in disarray.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some middle management and line staff still care.

    Cons

    Understaffed in all areas, this campus is being run like a high-tech startup. State benefits are waning and staff cuts are frequent, especially just before each new fiscal year.

    Advice to Management

    Run this place like an institution of higher learning that is in it for the long haul. This should differentiate UMMS from the shenanigans of high-tech where dedicated employees are just numbers and executives receive huge salaries for running the place into the ground looking while for their next opportunity.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Boring and unsafe town, bad management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some laboratories conduct cutting edge scientific researches (but most other labs aren't doing well). Medical students have all the support from the school.

    Cons

    1. Major focus on medical students and MDs; they have almost all the resources. 2. Research part isn't too strong. Many labs are poorly managed. 3. HR said their job is to protect the school not the employees. 4. Worcester is a small and boring town with low ethnic diversity and high crime rate.

    Advice to Management

    Drop your arrogant attitude, you are not even top 20.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Charlestown location is an unstable place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate II in Charlestown, MA
    Former Employee - Associate II in Charlestown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits vacations and really high starting salaries. Lots of perks like reduced insurance and cell phone plans and flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    This place operates on emotions and whether or not you are in the in crowd; Its worst than high school. There will be no career path or chance for advancement if they don't like you. The directors/managers are a tight knit group; they block you from moving to other departments by sharing their jaded opinions of staff with each other and basically blacklist you from other positions. This means if you are fed up with the way they treat you, your only recourse is the door. For this reason the turnover rate is high. I would not recommend anyone leave a stable position to work at UMMS. It is an extremely difficult place to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    The Director’s have too much power and autonomy; they are a self governing community devoid of any consequences or repercussions for the actions they take against their staff. Together they pressure and intimidate the Executive Director and he does what they want. The powers that be in Worcester need to take a hard look at what goes on in Charlestown.


  10. Helpful (4)

    I've worked in a lot of great places. This wasn't one of them.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Charlestown, MA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Charlestown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get a lot of vacation and sick time. There's a lot of nice people, but only if you find yourself in the right unit or department.

    Cons

    There's a very high turnover rate. It's unfriendly towards teamwork or group activities. Creativity is dead. There's very little opportunity for growth or advancement. And there's a level of discrimination towards race and gender that's somewhat apparent.

    Advice to Management

    I wish that upper management and human resource would better scrutinize the abuse of workers by lower management. There's almost no protection for workers. If you're being railroaded neither HR or upper management would hear you out and will always side with their fellow managers. I've never though that unions were necessary until I've worked here.



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