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University of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
148 Reviews
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148 Reviews
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University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret
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Review Highlights

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.  

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

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    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 for 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
  2.  

    Graduate teaching associate

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    Former Employee - Teaching Associate  in  Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Teaching Associate in Amherst, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for less than a 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
  6.  

    Good Institution but doesn't invest in its students

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    Former Employee - Student Government Official  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Student Government Official in Boston, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The school is investing very heavily in infrastructure, which should pay off dividends in the long term and should attract more talent to the institution.

    Cons

    There nearly zero focus on investing in the students themselves, student activities are put on a back burner and given a minimal budget, and several obstacles along the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Buildings are great, but students who succeed are even better. Get your priorities right.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Research assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts part-time

    Pros

    For Ph.D. program, you got paid to get your own degree. So enjoy it!

    Cons

    Umass Amherst may not be a top graduate school, and a little country like

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent experience. Great individuals and management. Felt like a home and very helpful environment

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    Former Employee - Treasurer  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Treasurer in Boston, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great management. Opportunity to meet well established scholars and government officials. Calm work environment. Looked forward to work everyday. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Salary was low. Job security was an issue due to budget constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salary and benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience

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

    I worked at University of Massachusetts as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great & cheap cafeteria food,guess you can say that I wouldn't mind being a receptionist after being an intern there.

    Cons

    Not having big enough responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more work for interns to do

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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