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University of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
158 Reviews
3.9
158 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.  

    good place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    diversity and nice people. good location, of course

    Cons

    did not integrate all the resource with other UMass branches

  2.  

    Teaching assistant compensation and responsibilities similar to other universities

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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 part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The experience you have as a teaching assistant depends primarily on who you're teaching for and the kind of guidance you get from the department. My experience with UMass was fine, and having the support while I finished my degree was great. The campus itself is in a beautiful location on the Boston Harbor, and there continue to be a lot of improvements to the buildings (including new buildings) all the time.

    Cons

    Payment and reimbursements are part of a HIGHLY bureaucratic system. People are generally nice in the grad student office, but I had issues getting paid on several occasions. Small points, but the library doesn't have enough windows -- which is true of a lot of the older buildings on campus. I hope that they new buildings are being constructed with higher standards!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to change by listening to your undergrads, grad students, and junior faculty. They define the experience that people have of the school more than any other population there. Also, be sure to keep the support staff happy!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor management. Needs better leadership.

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Boston, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    People are friendly. Flexible hours for the most part. Probably a good place to work at if you're more focused on retirement but I can't recommend it for young people.

    Cons

    Terrible and inexperienced management. They tend to take credit for your work. They like to outsource or buy expensive products that ends up not being used in order to justify their accomplishments for the year. Unions make most people lazy and not work to their full potential. Management likes to ask you verbally and avoid sending you emails for work outside your job description so there won't be paper trails.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    IT Assistant

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    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in North Dartmouth, MA
    Former Employee - IT ASSISTANT in North Dartmouth, MA

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

    Pros

    Great, very friendly and can learn new things

    Cons

    Less pay, not much growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every one is friendly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Nice Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Management is very supportive and helpful. The workenvironment is very relaxed and stress free

    Cons

    it takes a long time to find a job

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and study

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Equal opportunity for everyone

    Cons

    Not a lot of exposure

  8.  

    It is a good workplace, a lot of research

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    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Lowell, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant in Lowell, MA

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

    Pros

    technology availability for research. Good for PhD candidates. Not many jobs for grad students though. Interesting staff with good creative ideas.

    Cons

    Lack of funds. Not very great lab facilities. Most of the equipment is under processing of getting fixed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Tremendous opportunity for growth and intellectual freedom for research

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    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
  10.  

    Good

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    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
  11.  

    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 (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

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