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Updated April 18, 2015
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  1. International grad students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time

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

    Pros

    Lots of student jobs for international students

    Cons

    Try to pay as close to min wage as possible. NO jobs for undergrads

  2. Challenging

    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Depends on the kind of work you get. I am developing a responsive website, so learning new stuff and enjoying my work.

    Cons

    Majority of the positions are for work-study students, so little difficult for international students to find a part-time/assistantship.

  3. Great diversity of students and most are committed, hard working students who are here to learn.

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts part-time

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

    Pros

    Union for part time faculty, pay is on the higher end than most university courses, staff and faculty are generally friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    Little options for timing of classes, process to get things done can be slow, burned out employees.

    Advice to Management

    Productivity review for all staff would be good, this can promote positive changes especially in those who might be struggling.

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  5. Overall

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    Current Employee - Clerk III in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Clerk III in Amherst, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Sheer size allows for opportunities to work in variety of fields,
    If taking classes is your "thing," you get tuition waiver,
    More holidays than the classic corporate environment because the Univ. follows an academic schedule,
    Opportunity to improve skills through workplace learning
    An academic year has a different ebb/flow to the pace of work,
    Being around young people keeps you young AND on top of what's "current"
    Cutting edge research.
    You're helping shape the future "leaders" of our country--that's the purpose of education
    Academia is a pretty easy-going work environment.

    Cons

    If you want quick action, academia is not for you. It's thoughtful and sometimes painfully slow to change or even make decisions.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on educational opportunities and less on the "frills" and acoutrements.
    I'd rather have the University say "we don't have a state of the art recreation center, but we can offer you some scholarship/grant/tuition waiver money to help pay the cost."

  6. Great Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Lowell, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great advisor, good facilities,friendly environment

    Cons

    very tough course work, qualifiers are very stressful

  7. good place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    diversity and nice people. good location, of course

    Cons

    did not integrate all the resource with other UMass branches

  8. Teaching assistant compensation and responsibilities similar to other universities

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The experience you have as a teaching assistant depends primarily on who you're teaching for and the kind of guidance you get from the department. My experience with UMass was fine, and having the support while I finished my degree was great. The campus itself is in a beautiful location on the Boston Harbor, and there continue to be a lot of improvements to the buildings (including new buildings) all the time.

    Cons

    Payment and reimbursements are part of a HIGHLY bureaucratic system. People are generally nice in the grad student office, but I had issues getting paid on several occasions. Small points, but the library doesn't have enough windows -- which is true of a lot of the older buildings on campus. I hope that they new buildings are being constructed with higher standards!

    Advice to Management

    Be open to change by listening to your undergrads, grad students, and junior faculty. They define the experience that people have of the school more than any other population there. Also, be sure to keep the support staff happy!

  9. IT Assistant

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in North Dartmouth, MA
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in North Dartmouth, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great, very friendly and can learn new things

    Cons

    Less pay, not much growth

    Advice to Management

    Every one is friendly

  10. Tremendous opportunity for growth and intellectual freedom for research

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in New Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in New Bedford, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great institution to work for with many opportunities for interesting project related work and teaching

    Cons

    University politics can be tricky

  11. Great department

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Amherst, 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

    Friendly staff. Great to help faculty and students. Free education!

    Cons

    Some tasks are a little tedious, but nothing that a few clever scripts can't fix!

    Advice to Management

    Keep on trucking!

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