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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
45 Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern experience

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    Dedicated, intelligent people, friendly, hard-working, informative

    Cons

    Everyone was willing to help one another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful research opportunity

    Recommends
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    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    The scientific community at UMass is one of the best, the people here are supportive, knowledgeable and very willing to collaborate. The research here is innovating and exciting, and you could not ask for a better environment to train as a scientist.

    Cons

    Like most universities, postdoctoral fellowships come with a small salary and at UMass often fall below the NIH salary cap. While there is great scientific mentoring, there is little room to grow and advance beyond the level of postdoc, and the career mentoring needs a boost. Also, the Chancellor could put more energy in promoting the research here instead of only focusing on the Med School and translational science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great for UMass to help with career development and advancement for postdocs, specifically helping to engage in opportunities outside of the PI pipeline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    UMass.. so so..

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    Good as a first job.

    Cons

    Low Pay. Not enough chance to grow without Ph.D.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tumultuous time for IT division

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administration Engineer  in  Shrewsbury, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administration Engineer in Shrewsbury, MA

    Pros

    Good salary for the area. Pension benefit is good. Great access to new technologies and a wide breadth of technologies. Supporting medical research that can make a difference is more rewarding than working for a typical for profit corporation.

    Cons

    Company charges for parking. Politicking is required between managers and within groups. Since the new CIO was hired there have been three rounds of layoffs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Coordinator II

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator II  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator II in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    Great benefits and atmosphere.

    Cons

    HR is very difficult to work with and many positions are grant funded for limited amounts of time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    A great run while we had funding

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    UMass has a great work-life balance, benefits (vacation and sick time), and co-workers. Plenty of opportunities to learn new things. If you like working in a multi-cultural environment where cutting-edge science happens around you all the time, this is a great place to be. The people who work here really want to make a difference.

    Cons

    If the lab is funded by grants, there is higher pressure for speedy results and publishable data. The compensation is not as much as industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always be transparent about what is going on, particularly on the departmental level. When there is a reduction in force, be fair in giving all employees the same notification. HR could really stand to streamline the hiring process so that good candidates don't slip through the cracks while they maintain due diligence.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Ole Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant II in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    There 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.

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mixed Experience

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    Benefits. Big enough to find genuine colleagues and collaborators.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Choosing the right lab is the most important thing in academic

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    There are many talented biologists and good seminars.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Commonwealth Medicine -- loss of the founder = politics and chaos

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA

    Pros

    UMMS and Commonwealth Medicine serve a noble cause: improved healthcare for Massachusetts residents, people across the US and around the globe.

    Cons

    The Commonwealth Medicine division of UMMS was founded by Tom Manning, a visionary and very effective leader who grew the organization to over $400 million in revenue (not for profit) with clients in many states and 20 countries around the globe.

    Unfortunately, Tom resigned after Michael Collins was named the new Chancellor of UMMS. Over investment in expensive lab space and personnel, combined with the impact of the Great Recession and NIH cuts finally hit, which led to rounds of layoffs. Internal politics and ineffective business leadership became critical problems. The collapse of the Massachusetts healthcare exchange was the most public failure; a UMMS team led this project.

    Based on reviews from others about UMass Medical School itself, it appears that similar problems occurred there.

    UMMS is a large and important organization. Like an elephant, it can survive many blows that would take a smaller company, and State funding virtually guarantees that UMMS is here to stay. That said, it will continue to struggle without stronger management and vision at every level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many people are promoted and protected because of who they know, assigned to leadership roles that no independent for-profit company would hire them into. This cronyism saps the life blood of UMMS and kills initiative. It is time for a shake-up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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