UMass Medical School

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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time for more than 5 years

    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
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    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

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time for more than 8 years

    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
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    Approves of CEO
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    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

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time for more than 5 years

    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
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  5.  

    It is a great place to work in.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent education opportunities. After work programs worked for me, to pursue a masters degree. Classes were just within the campus. State institution offers great benefits.

    Cons

    Located in a small city. Away from main attractions. Very cold in winter. Be ready for harsh, snowy winters. Usually very congested roads to Boston.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    Nice place to work. People are friendly.

    Cons

    Need more challenge, sometimes getting bored.

  7.  

    It is good and full of professionals

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    Good Salary and many other benefits

    Cons

    Office politics and non challenging working environment

  8.  

    Entry level position with no room to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    Over-time, flex schedule available, friendly management.

    Cons

    No growth opportunity, poor raises, raises based on team rather than individual performance, low pay, boring work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more positions- fire lackluster employees that barely do enough to get by.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Director in Shrewsbury, MA

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Organization is looking to change for the better

    Cons

    Organization is still deciding on what and how to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Proactively be the change that you are looking for, strategy and execution work best together.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  10.  

    Hostile Environment and lack of mobility

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator I  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator I in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits and fair compensation

    Cons

    No opportunity to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an open environment where employees are listened to.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  11.  

    It was an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience in scientific research.

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

    I worked at UMass Medical School part-time

    Pros

    I had a huge amount of flexibility in my work hours, as well as helpful and thoughtful direction. It was a meaningful start for someone hoping to gain experience in scientific research, a field that is often difficult to gain entrance to. My mentors were always willing to coach me and answer questions, without being overbearing.

    Cons

    It's not easy work—it requires both physical and mental dexterity as well as a talent for multitasking. There is certainly a learning curve and the margin for careless errors is quite small. But such is the nature of working in science.

    Recommends
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