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Updated Jun 3, 2014

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3.0 41 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Commonwealth Medicine -- loss of the founder = politics and chaos

    Manager (Former Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsUMMS and Commonwealth Medicine serve a noble cause: improved healthcare for Massachusetts residents, people across the US and around the globe.

    ConsThe Commonwealth Medicine division of UMMS was founded by Tom Manning, a visionary and very effective leader who grew the organization to over $400 million in revenue (not for profit) with clients in many states and 20 countries around the globe.

    Unfortunately, Tom resigned after Michael Collins was named the new Chancellor of UMMS. Over investment in expensive lab space and personnel, combined with the impact of the Great Recession and NIH cuts finally hit, which led to rounds of layoffs. Internal politics and ineffective business leadership became critical problems. The collapse of the Massachusetts healthcare exchange was the most public failure; a UMMS team led this project.

    Based on reviews from others about UMass Medical School itself, it appears that similar problems occurred there.

    UMMS is a large and important organization. Like an elephant, it can survive many blows that would take a smaller company, and State funding virtually guarantees that UMMS is here to stay. That said, it will continue to struggle without stronger management and vision at every level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many people are promoted and protected because of who they know, assigned to leadership roles that no independent for-profit company would hire them into. This cronyism saps the life blood of UMMS and kills initiative. It is time for a shake-up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointing

    Director (Former Employee) Shrewsbury, MA

    ProsOrganization is looking to change for the better

    ConsOrganization is still deciding on what and how to change

    Advice to Senior ManagementProactively be the change that you are looking for, strategy and execution work best together.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Entry level position with no room to grow

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOver-time, flex schedule available, friendly management.

    ConsNo growth opportunity, poor raises, raises based on team rather than individual performance, low pay, boring work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate more positions- fire lackluster employees that barely do enough to get by.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Hostile Environment and lack of mobility

    Clinical Research Coordinator I (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsGreat Benefits and fair compensation

    ConsNo opportunity to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate an open environment where employees are listened to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lack of communication and favoritism

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Charlestown, MA

    ProsLots of vacation time and paid holidays, on site parking, cafeteria in the building

    ConsManagement does not communicate with its employees and the disconnect can lead to feelings of chaos, and a sense that they are disinterested in improving skills of employees and recognizing their success. I'll echo what other reviewers of this location have said and say that favoritism is rampant in this office. If you are not part of the 'in' crowd and constantly tell your boss what they want to hear then you are not going to move forward.

    There is only one annual review of employees by managers and vice versa which rarely offers constructive feedback. The office has no interest or intent on promoting from within which leads highly motivated and skilled employees to leave for greener pastures and the dead-weight employees that coast to stay here until pension time. The office does not offer any training programs or seminars to learn essential business skills. If you want to learn a technical program - that is crucial to your job - you have to pester a coworker to teach you on the side.

    If a manager wants to promote an employee, the employee must formally apply for the position and go through HR checks (which focus almost solely on tenure and an archaic pay structure) and an interview process (with their own boss about the job that they are already doing). This process wastes the employee's time, the manager's time, and the time of prospective candidates. All for the sake of show. It normally takes 3 months of wading through red tape before the process is over.

    Lastly, I work on a team of 6 people and our director has made 3 of my coworkers cry in the past 4 months and one of them quit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to recognize talent in your employees and nurture it! Don't whisper to each other about coworkers and laugh behind their backs. Listen to your workers - when every single person in the unit is giving you the same feedback there is probably something to it. Hypocrisy is not attractive and it does not promote a cohesive team. Oh, and don't make your employees cry and call them stupid.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management is terrible

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsGreat co-workers, fun atmosphere, employee benefits and programs are wonderful

    ConsMiddle management is terrible, and discrimination is evident. Mgrs who treat others in an unacceptable fashion are Not disciplined (HR/Diversity dept is not doing their job)! Dont work there unless you like to be verbally abused, bullied, discriminated against and then made to feel it was your fault!

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees, and terminate management who is causing the problems. You are losing good people (they are quitting)! for no good reason

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    postdoctoral salary at umass medical school

    Postdoctoral (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsSalary is not controlled by the SChool. Everything is up to a PI. My PI pays postdocs with 3 years of experience 36000 per year. While NIH guidance is 46000

    ConsNice weather :-) and save location

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    negative experience working there

    Instructor (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsIt's a project driven environment in the medical school. You will learn a lot hands on skills for doing practical research. The team I have been work with is productive.

    ConsDon't expect too much independent time for doing your own research is you don't have your own funding. The pay is in the lower part of the market, given the living cost of Worcester is fairly high. Gym, cafeteria are terrible, benefits are so so.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    X-RAY (Current Employee)

    ProsGovt benefits, hours are good

    ConsLack of leadership, management doesnt care about employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with employees

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