University of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret
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Pros
  • Good benefits; good work-life balance; decent food options and other employee perks (in 7 reviews)

  • Working at a university provides great benefits, amazing opportunities, and the chance to extend your education at minimal cost (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • not much opportunity for advancement (it's a work-study job), favoritism when it comes to promoting managers, very low pay (in 3 reviews)

  • Amherst is a small town which means little fun for extracurricular life (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Too much time in hands

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Media-Lab Consultant in Dorchester, MA
    Former Contractor - Media-Lab Consultant in Dorchester, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lot of time available and not much work to do If you are a student and you are currently seeking a position on campus that will get your feet wet in the world of IT and Data Entry this is one of the many places you would love to get started

    Cons

    lot of time available and not much work to do Pay is terrible The department tends to have an unorganized structure.

    Advice to Management

    Get your stuff together and be a little more organized so the little guys get their work done better.


  2. Research Assistant

    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Lowell, MA
    Current Contractor - Research Assistant in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back environment, opportunity to learn from professors, exposure to research being done in other labs, flexibility, small department size.

    Cons

    The atmosphere can be too laid back at times, with nothing being accomplished. Have had very negative experiences of being bullied, with management doing nothing to address the problem. There is also the issue of rampant ego to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Give students and research assistants more structure and clear goals to focus on. Confront and address interpersonal issues rather than pretend these don't exist.


  3. A small friendly company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D and Sales Manager in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D and Sales Manager in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is an old, family owned company. The company has not aggressive strategies in marketing and R&D. Therefore I have a low stress position. I also have the privilege of define and manage most of my activities and be more efficient and productive.

    Cons

    It is an old, family owned company. The CEO is old and resists major changes that are necessary for improving the products and also sales and marketing efforts.

    Advice to Management

    I advice him to get retired soon. The niche market of the company is picking up and the management has to respond to it and come up with modern products and solutions otherwise the company is going to lose its market share in the long run.


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  5. Great experience and learning opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EHS Intern in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - EHS Intern in Amherst, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people were willing to share knowledge, vast experience to be gained working on campus

    Cons

    slow system, people don't want to work together, political/power struggles in the office

    Advice to Management

    people there have been there for so long, position rarely open up, but the campus is expanding so new opportunities might be available


  6. Nice Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management is very supportive and helpful. The workenvironment is very relaxed and stress free

    Cons

    it takes a long time to find a job


  7. Great place to work and study

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Equal opportunity for everyone

    Cons

    Not a lot of exposure


  8. It is a good workplace, a lot of research

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Lowell, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    technology availability for research. Good for PhD candidates. Not many jobs for grad students though. Interesting staff with good creative ideas.

    Cons

    Lack of funds. Not very great lab facilities. Most of the equipment is under processing of getting fixed.


  9. Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in North Dartmouth, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in North Dartmouth, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    time-off, good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    personal and professional growth, promotions


  10. Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Great place for grad school.

    Cons

    Since its a big university, can take awhile for paperwork to process.


  11. Graduate teaching associate

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Amherst, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity to develop teaching skills

    Cons

    Poor department support for professional development

    Advice to Management

    Consider a graduate-school wide initiative to expand professional training, not only for an academic career but also for the increasingly common non-academic paths pursued by recent Ph.D.s



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