The University of Massachusetts Amherst

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
76 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great and so are the benefits (in 4 reviews)

  • Great school, flexible hours, solid pay, excellent management (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • not very good for students who has much more courses (in 3 reviews)

  • Not competent wages even for the graduate student research assistant that's why you cannot get a lot of good students (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great student job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Pros

    Flexible, cool, nice, training, fun

    Cons

    time consuming, annoying because you have to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cool

  2.  

    Good area to study/live

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

    Salary increase is retroactive, time-off is negotiable with the PI, salary is good as the living cost of the area is not high.

    Cons

    In general taxes of Massachusetts are high

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Auxiliary Services Staff

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dinning Commons Employee in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Dinning Commons Employee in Amherst, MA

    I worked at The University of Massachusetts Amherst part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Much support provided to students working in summer programs. The location is at a familiar place and the responsibilities are clearly laid out. There is always a possibility to continue after the term has ended, and the flexibility allows students to focus on their studies while working to support themselves.

    Cons

    The competitive and rewarding jobs only last a short term throughout the year. Year-long jobs are plenty but with the massive workforce available the pay rate is usually the state minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should listen to the underpaid graduate and undergraduate students and provide more accommodation for them, as they are what keeps everything moving. The possibility of promotion or rewarding employee loyalty should also be discussed. At times it seems as if favorites are played, and those who deserve a raise (based on time spent working at the workplace) are often not rewarded.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place for Graduate Study

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

    Good reputation, great health insurance, wonderful area to live

    Cons

    Graduate stipend could be higher

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    PhD Candidate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

    You get paid for what you like to do. You get to lead your own research and meet a lot of people from different places. The atmosphere is very conducive to learning as is expected.

    Cons

    Like any PhD the salary is not great. Can get stressful at times because you are the only one you can hang on to to get answers.

  7.  

    Engaging, challenging, rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

    The environment is great - my supervisor is very knowledgeable, my coworkers are engaged and I enjoy coming to work every day.

    Cons

    The University is chronically understaffed and as a result you can be asked to do more than your fair share of work. Hiring practices are also atrocious, and salaries aren't very competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your hiring practices in line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great professional IT team full of fun people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The University of Massachusetts Amherst part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are all excellent.
    Your co-workers are generally resourceful.
    Flexible hours (as a student employee).

    Cons

    Some users can be frustrating to work with (patience is KEY).
    Information Tech can be tedious.
    Some days people are lax and you end up picking up slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general all pleasant.

  9.  

    A great short term place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst, MA

    I worked at The University of Massachusetts Amherst part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's great to work with engaged people who care about what they're doing and are hopeful for their futures. I mostly worked with PhD candidates and they were interesting and smart and kind. Work-life balance is easy, as nearly everyone is also working on dissertations and dealing with young families.

    Cons

    Co-workers can get overwhelmed by other responsibilities and disappear to finish a dissertation, for example. but when it's your turn to finish a huge project, you'll be glad for the luxury.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    UMass AFS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AFS IT in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - AFS IT in Amherst, MA

    I have been working at The University of Massachusetts Amherst full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere a lot of work to be done and a lot to be learned.

    Cons

    None besides that management frequently have no idea what they are doing nor what they are trying to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst, MA

    I worked at The University of Massachusetts Amherst full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent research opportunities and learning tools. Colleagues were very friendly and very enthusiastic about their work. I had a great time working at UMass Amherst.

    Cons

    Must be willing to commit a large amount of time and work overtime.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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