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University of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.7 144 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret

Robert L. Caret

(11 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Pleasant, supportive team and culture

    ESL Tutor and TA (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsGreat environment and culture, fabulous and thoughtful people, lots of opportunities for growth and self development.

    ConsThe tutoring hours aren't consistent, but that is the nature of the job. Depending on which ESL instructor you get paired up with, if you're unlucky, the instructor may not know how best to work with the tutor.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good work-study job to have

    Staffroom Consultant (Former Employee) Amherst, MA

    Prosflexible work hours, non-stressful work environment, get to be on a computer for most shifts, time to do homework during downtime

    Consnot much opportunity for advancement (it's a work-study job), favoritism when it comes to promoting managers, very low pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to avoid favoritism when promoting people, consider shorter overlaps for certain shifts, get lighter vacuums

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfied

    Graduate Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst is located in a beautiful, safe town in Western Mass and affiliated with other four colleges in the area including Amherst and Smith college.

    ConsI had a great time there as a graduate student so no complaints

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    Great place for research

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Amherst, MA

    ProsGreat research facility, many oportunities for collaborations, nice and quite place for graduate students. Several strong graduate programs including Food Science, Engineering and Polymer science.

    ConsMay not be suitable for a city person since not a lot of city-like activity avaliable. There are few good restaurants but still lacking due to the size of the town. Living cost is relatively high considering a setting of a small town.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Depends on the department

    Senior Research Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsUMass offers great compensation and benefits packages, including plenty of paid vacation time, good healthcare and dental, and lots of additional perks.

    ConsMany departments and institutes are poorly run by narcissistic academics

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to enact more oversight over department heads and institute directors. Make annual review of ALL non-tenure track employees and professional staff mandatory (HR could easily enforce this). Conduct exit interviews.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    As TA for your grad department, you gain insights and connections

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Amherst, MA

    ProsGrad school assistant-ships are great if you like to teach and are comfortable with content. Wonderful for your resume if you are looking to teach at university level. As it is a union job, you have grate hourly salary, stability and protection from potentially abusive faculty

    ConsBe sure that you have the time and are willing to be invested in your students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior TAs are really important to a smooth running semester!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice Place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment to work. You will get a chance to earn a or additional degrees if you want. The faculty and administration can be helpful.

    ConsNo room for promotion at all. In fact if you start as a receptionist, you retire as a receptionist. Absolutely no promotion unless you move to another department. The other thing you will have to work at least up ten years to earn a decent salary and even by then cost of living is so expensive - then its not a decent salary anymore. Top down communication sucks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within and stop practicing nepotism. Maybe staff will be more encourage to do work. Plus communicate more with members who have to talk to both students and the general public.

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    Great Deal for Grad School

    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Amherst, MA

    ProsTeaching and research assistantships provided free tuition and fees while I completed my graduate degree. The work environments were challenging, and I enjoyed them.

    ConsIt's a big university, so things can be slow-moving. If you are trying to do something new, it can be tough to get the approvals and get it done in a timely fashion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    A generally good experience overall

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPassionate faculty and students, extensive library

    ConsThe mailroom is right next to the morgue.

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    Typical New England atmosphere may require extra effort to find your niche.

    Graduate Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) Amherst, MA

    ProsReasonable job duties for grad students, health and dental insurance for single persons and/or families, great Union benefits and advocacy

    ConsWages may seem a bit low for work, public institution, preferential treatment within the university for "hard" science disciplines, the weather

    Advice to Senior ManagementReconsider wages for grad students

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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