UMass Medical School

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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
52 Reviews
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UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins
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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
  • For this reason the turnover rate is high (in 2 reviews)

  • Postdoc are treated worse than graduate students (in 4 reviews)

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    Research

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    time-off policies are good. Work environment is good.

    Cons

    limited for MS level. Management is not satisfied.

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Commonwealth Medicine -- loss of the founder = politics and chaos

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    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Director in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Shrewsbury, MA

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Organization is looking to change for the better

    Cons

    Organization is still deciding on what and how to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively be the change that you are looking for, strategy and execution work best together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Entry level position with no room to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    Over-time, flex schedule available, friendly management.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity, poor raises, raises based on team rather than individual performance, low pay, boring work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more positions- fire lackluster employees that barely do enough to get by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hostile Environment and lack of mobility

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator I in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator I in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and fair compensation

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an open environment where employees are listened to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of communication and favoritism

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlestown, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlestown, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is terrible

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Worcester, MA

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Middle 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    postdoctoral salary at umass medical school

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary 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

    Cons

    Nice weather :-) and save location

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    negative experience working there

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It'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.

    Cons

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - X-RAY
    Current Employee - X-RAY

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Govt benefits, hours are good

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, management doesnt care about employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees

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