UMass Medical School

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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
51 Reviews
2.9
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • State institution offers great benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • good benefits package - better than a lot of places since it's a public institution (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • While there is great scientific mentoring, there is little room to grow and advance beyond the level of postdoc, and the career mentoring needs a boost (in 2 reviews)

  • For this reason the turnover rate is high (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very Stressful and NO Appreciation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMass Medical School

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Stay far away from pharmacy services!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    All elements of UMass Worcester are in disarray.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Boring and unsafe town, bad management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Worcester, MA

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (more than an 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Charlestown location is an unstable place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate II in Charlestown, MA
    Former Employee - Associate II in Charlestown, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Charlestown, MA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Charlestown, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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