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Updated Jun 12, 2014

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3.0 42 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

UMass Medical School Chancellor Michael F. Collins

Michael F. Collins

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47% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Mixed Experience

    Assistant Professor (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsBenefits. Big enough to find genuine colleagues and collaborators.

    ConsSub-culture of elitism. No mentorship. Little recourse in HR matters. Highly political.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore oversight over growth and mentorship of junior faculty. Establish clear protocols for recruiting, hiring, and dismissal of employees that are not subject to political influence.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Choosing the right lab is the most important thing in academic

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsThere are many talented biologists and good seminars.

    ConsPostdoc are treated worse than graduate students. Doesn't make sense to me.

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

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    Good Ole Boys Club

    Administrative Assistant II (Former Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsThere is good room for advancement. Love the people who work there. Very dedicated and the research is amazing. Lots of great work being done there.

    ConsIf you aren't part of the in crowd, good luck. Also, they don't tell you that if you retire as a state employee, you lose 2/3 of your social security. You end up learning a lot through the grapevine. Lots of backstabbing - sad, but true.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCulture is very cliquey. Management doesn't seem to have to answer to anyone. HR didn't seem to be able to help at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is good and full of professionals

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Salary and many other benefits

    ConsOffice politics and non challenging working environment

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    Great research environment, but not so great career development opportunity

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat research environment and interactive atmosphere

    ConsDoes not have good career development opportunities; Does not comply with NIH guidlines for employee benefits and compensation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough place with good pay, ruthless HR

    Administrative Assistant I (Former Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsGreat benefits. great pay, great work environment

    ConsUnion membership, ruthless HR, workforce reductions at any time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Talented people solving some of of public sector health care's most pressing problems.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat on-the-job learning experience. Exposure to diverse skills and experience. People there care about helping people who are poor and disabled receive better services through the research, consulting, and policy development work that we do. Does not rely on any state tax money -- it earns its own way and then some. Profits are used to fund UMass Medical School, the parent organization.

    ConsNot as competitive for public sector contracts as it once was. Private, for-profit firms are winning contracts that it used to receive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed executive leadership with private sector experience.

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    Not the worst, but not the best!

    Animal Care (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsGreat co-workers, good benefits, stable job, state employed. 8 hour shift and the occasional weekend for OT.

    ConsHard to move up, management doesn't care about it's employees, and the pay is pretty sad, but if you need a job then it'll do. It was okay at the start, but it takes so long to move up the chain and even then, if the supervisors don't like you (for whatever reason, could be your hairstyle) you could be here 10+ years and not be promoted. Or they have you doing jobs that are a higher pay grade, but won't get you the raise you deserve for doing that job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow some level of caring, and get to know the people working for you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK

    Scientist (Former Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsGood basic science environment, Possibilities for collaboration.

    ConsLittle internal funds to support new scientists,

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise more money for support of entry faculty and even prospective faculty within the organization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for a little while

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Worcester, MA

    ProsState job offers fantastic benefits - got to choose between about 9 different health insurances, 13 paid holidays a year, 4 wks vacation and 3 wks sick time. Relaxed atmosphere with flexible hours.

    ConsIn any lab, the person in charge is a scientist and not a manager. This leads to many problems with the daily running of the lab, executive decisions, hiring/firing, etc. There is very little room for growth without a PhD.

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