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University of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
152 Reviews
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152 Reviews
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University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret
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Pros
  • Good benefits; good work-life balance; decent food options and other employee perks (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits and there's a reason why no one leaves; guaranteed raises and cost of living increases (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • quite less room for advancement (in 4 reviews)

  • And there is little room for career advancement (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tremendous opportunity for growth and intellectual freedom for research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in New Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Manager in New Bedford, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great institution to work for with many opportunities for interesting project related work and teaching

    Cons

    University politics can be tricky

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cutting edge energy storage and green chemistry at UMB

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    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Chemistry department at UMass Boston is still in its virgin stages of development. It is a fairly small department but its faculty and diversity of research is gaining momentum very quickly. It has world renowned electrochemistry research (Professor Deyang Qu) that focuses on battery, capacitor and hybrid-capacitor work. The inorganic and organic chemistry focus is just as strong--as these research groups headline the production points of the first university in the world that grants PhDs in Green Chemistry.

    Cons

    The bureaucracy of this very small department is a tuff sell. There are veteran professors in the department who use their political power in order to lessen their contribution to the departments mission. This attribute, combined with the fact that it is the only publicly funded university in Boston area (huge competition with Harvard, MIT, etc.) and that over 90% of the graduate students must teach every semester in order to get their stipend--makes it a particularly challenging environment from which to produce graduate level work/publications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Represent the graduate student body far better than you currently are doing. Diminish the 90% of the graduate student teaching body to more like 50%, where teaching is more of an option, not a requirement. Increase the activity and initial motivation of research plans for incoming graduate students. Do not simply use them as tools by which you can lessen your workload and manipulate the poorly outfitted/funded public university system that is currently in place in Massachusetts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in North Dartmouth, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in North Dartmouth, MA

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

    Pros

    time-off, good benefits and compensation

    Cons

    personal and professional growth, promotions

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Teaching at UMB as an Adjunct Instructor has been enjoyable and rewarding.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Instructor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great place to be an adjunct because the pay is much higher per course, as compared to other universities in the region. There is great administrative and IT support. The students contribute a great deal to class discussions, as most bring long-term professional and diverse personal experience to the classroom.

    Cons

    Parking on campus is a nightmare anymore. This makes it challenging to meet with students outside of class time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is traditionally a commuter school. Many students come from far away and the T is not convenient for them. Some have to come and go from campus during the day, for their jobs and/or their families. Time spent looking for parking and taking the shuttle is cutting into class and study time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Great place for grad school.

    Cons

    Since its a big university, can take awhile for paperwork to process.

  7.  

    Great Culture!

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Amherst, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the staff and faculty. Very supportive of student employees. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Can be demanding on the student during exam times, but faculty tries to accommodate schedules.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great department

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Amherst, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Great to help faculty and students. Free education!

    Cons

    Some tasks are a little tedious, but nothing that a few clever scripts can't fix!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on trucking!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Graduate teaching associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity to develop teaching skills

    Cons

    Poor department support for professional development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a graduate-school wide initiative to expand professional training, not only for an academic career but also for the increasingly common non-academic paths pursued by recent Ph.D.s

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Public University

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time

    Pros

    Cares about its students and personnel and this University is on the rise

    Cons

    At this point I do not have any cons for this institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Immature staff that use students for their own personal agenda

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Honestly nothing, I did more in that office then 5 upper staff members combined

    Cons

    Horribly organized, bad union staff workers, injustice, political game and full of liars who only want people on their side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow up and learn to be management

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