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University of Massachusetts Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
156 Reviews
3.9
156 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.  

    A generally good experience overall

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts

    Pros

    Passionate faculty and students, extensive library

    Cons

    The mailroom is right next to the morgue.

  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider wages for grad students

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    GTA

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Amherst, MA

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

    Pros

    Tuition Reimbursement
    Health & Wellness Reimbursements
    Excellent Dental and Vision plan
    Gained experience teaching in an university setting
    access to five colleges

    Cons

    Underpaid compared to other institutions
    always directly affected by state budget cuts
    somewhat crappy medical insurance
    middle of nowhere town

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your GTA's better and increase the pay so we don't qualify for welfare wages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    State employee at University of Mass

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    State benefits, low pressure, some stability

    Cons

    No innovation, not eager to think out of the box, not a ton of room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and try to understand the big picture. Do not assume because things have run a certain way that it is the right way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    adjunct faculty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the students are great--diverse and non-traditional
    freedom to develop own curriculum

    Cons

    parking is abysmal
    using too many adjuncts at expense of creating more salaried jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more Full Time teaching positions (tenure and non-tenure track)

  7.  

    Research assistant/graduate student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Amherst, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Amherst, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a temporary transitory stage...

    Cons

    it doesn't pay well while you are doing it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Faculty in Amherst Center, MA
    Current Employee - Faculty in Amherst Center, MA

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

    Pros

    Progressive management, diversity, unionized employees make for a worker-friendly environment. The surroundings are clean, safe, and urbane; nice place to raise a family.

    Cons

    Underfunded and undervalued by state; there seems to be money for new buildings but not for resources to support employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more closely with the legislature to get necessary support, and honor faculty governance. Take more responsibility to raise funds; faculty and staff have enough on their plates already.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    high energy, high expectation, team-oriented research based problem solving

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Worcester, MA

    I worked at University of Massachusetts as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fellow employees have all "been there before" and are more than willing to help troubleshoot research problems with you.

    Cons

    As with any biological-research driven based company, hourly schedules often fluctuate with conducted experiments, sometimes requiring later work days or earlier starts. 99% of the time these problems are mitigable with some planning ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It was a pleasure and an invaluable opportunity to work with such highly motivated professionals as an undergraduate intern.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Kind people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Easy going, high spirited and young people to work with.

    Cons

    It's a government job. Cannot advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at Cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Overwork, Underpaid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst Center, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Amherst Center, MA

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Academia
    - If you have a car, university is 2-3 hours from New York City and Boston

    Cons

    It depends on your adviser/supervisor for a graduate research assistant. I was overworked and underpaid as graduate student. I did not learn anything of value from my adviser, and I was not allowed to take classes because it takes time away from my work.

    - Overworked (Contract 4 hrs, worked much more)
    - Underpaid (Did not get paid more for working more)
    - University is a middle of nowhere (for a person coming from an urban city)

    Doesn't Recommend

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