UMass Medical School

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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits package - better than a lot of places since it's a public institution (in 5 reviews)

  • State institution offers great benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of finding, limited support for post docs and career development (in 2 reviews)

  • For this reason the turnover rate is high (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Research Tech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    The schedule is very flexible

    Cons

    The pay is not great, reviews not done in a timely manner

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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

    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
  3.  

    UMass.. so so..

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

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than 3 years)

    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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    Intern experience

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

    I worked at UMass Medical School as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everyone was willing to help one another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful research opportunity

    Recommends
  6.  

    Very Stressful and NO Appreciation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMass Medical School

    Pros

    Found no pros to working for this place

    Cons

    Consistent turnovers, very little training, expect you to know all their systems immediately, tools to work with don't work well but you are expected to produce work somehow, very organized, lots of pressure to meet deadlines but given the job to do very near deadline date. Paying for parking and then having to take a shuttle or walk quite a distance
    Never worked in a place with so many unhappy employees who only stayed because it was a job for the time being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the low salary and decreased benefits the least you can do as an employer is cover the cost of parking. Also allow flexibility in schedules to accommodate for the distance of parking. There should be at least a 15 minimum flex time. Employees should not be forced to pay Union dues. Have more respect for the employees, first by paying them more then is being offered, and pay according to merit. Having everyone receive the same wage increase leaves no incentive to work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  8. 2 people 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

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    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.  

    Research Coordinator II

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

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    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
  10.  

    Mixed Experience

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

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  11.  

    Choosing the right lab is the most important thing in academic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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