The University of Massachusetts Amherst
4.1 of 5 30 reviews
www.umass.edu Amherst, MA

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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The University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy

Kumble Subbaswamy

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    great place to work

    Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Amherst, MA

    Prosgreat area, benefits, lots of different types of work available

    Consparking, my windows don't open, supervisor is rarely around, but accessible if needed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
    Amherst, MA

    ProsGreat way to help pay graduate school tuition.

    ConsNot many hours. Not much guidance/training provided.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very fair

    Aux Crew Member (Former Employee)
    Amherst, MA

    ProsStudents are nice to work with and the environment is very laid back. You will find that it can be a great place to work if you aren't too itchy to get your work done at the gestest place possible.

    ConsLeadership can be lax sometimes. You may find one day you appreciate that the boss isn't getting down your throat but the next day when your trying to do your best and others decided to be a bit lazy it can be rather frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more proactive about getting results. A consistent manager is key to getting consistent results. The amount of people working is over kill at best, which is understandable as they need to fill up positions with students, but get them working and give them responsibilities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome School

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Amherst, MA

    ProsThe education that one is able to receive is outstanding, the people are generally very helpful, and my supervisor wanted me to succeed. It is expansive enough to be able to have many different challenges in the one day that it would be very hard to ever find it boring to work there. I loved UMass Amherst, the Flagship campus! Anyone would love it too.

    ConsI did not find any cons when I was there. If they were there, I was fortunate to have experienced them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good benefits and job security, disheartening advancement prospects in the library

    (Current Employee)

    ProsAmple time off from this state university, compared to what I've heard about private employers. In addition-- I'm sure this isn't the case throughout all offices in the university, or even all parts of the library--my department's management is extremely accommodating in terms of time off, both for vacation and for family sickness and emergencies (the latter seems like basic decency to me, but I've heard enough horror stories about other workplaces and one of the former managers at one of the branch libraries here--to be very grateful that the office I work in is humane in this regard.) NOTE: I gave four stars, but "Satisfied" really isn't correct. But, neither is "Neutral" (three stars.) It's really 3.5: I'm frustrated as I describe below, under "cons," but deeply grateful to have a job with a middle-class salary from a workplace that doesn't feel like a sweatshop or an asylum. Such is America in 2014.

    ConsDisregard for educated suggestions of front-line staff in favor of buzzwordy fantasies of upper management. Lip service is paid to fairness, but work and contributions of existing staff are ignored. As long-time upper-level paraprofessional and librarian employees have retired, their positions have been eliminated and lower-level staff left to pick up their work with no recognition of increased expertise they're required to obtain to continue to do the work that needs to be done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent research environment

    Senior Research Fellow (Former Employee)
    Amherst, MA

    ProsUMass Amherst really lives up to its fame. People are open-minded and were very welcoming. Even the salary was competitive with higher-ranked places such as MIT and Stanford

    ConsAmherst is a really small town and UMass is the only game in town.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
    Amherst, MA

    ProsI enjoy the small-town setting, and the opportunity to spend time in the woods when the weather is nice.

    ConsI had a hard time finding an adviser experienced in the career path I was interested in pursuing, thought to be fair, my interests are very different from most others in my field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClear expectations about time management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey can admit more students, maybe.

    ConsFaculty and students are very nice and helpful.

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    Not a bad place for a postdoc.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsThe group allowed postdocs to pursue their own research and encouraged outside collaboration.

    ConsThe research group was fractured and did not work together on many (if any) projects. Little interaction between profs and postdocs or students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great choice for graduate school

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSeamless transition from undergraduate to graduate studies. Great advisement.

    ConsMust be able to remain self-motivated.

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