University of Southern Maine

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Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Great work studies

    Current Employee - Lab Assistant IV in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Lab Assistant IV in Portland, ME

    Pros

    As a full time student you have the option to take out around 3700 in "work study" money. Most work study jobs aren't work at all so you are infact paid to do your own homework

    Cons

    I really cant think of any

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you're doing


  2. Helpful (1)

    Deluded faculty and incompetent administrators

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine full-time

    Pros

    A few real jewels among the mostly disappointing adminstrators and faculty. Many wonderful staff members and talented students.

    Cons

    Older faculty trying desperately to hang onto a level of privilege that only R1 institutions bestow on their most research active faculty with big grants. Administrators who are colluding with the UMS to strip Portland of its public university.

    Advice to Management

    Shame on you for your circle the wagons and blame everyone but yourselves attitudes.


  3. Financial problems

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine part-time

    Pros

    Fun and rewarding to work with students.

    Cons

    Financial problems and staff cuts mean poor job security.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the well-being of staff and students.


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  5. USM feels stale.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good vacation, healthcare - If working on Portland campus, it's a great location - can bike from East/West ends. - The people left who are not completely jaded are fantastic and hard working

    Cons

    - Nearly zero opportunity for career advancement for staff positions - Very few young staff/faculty - Due to years of budget cuts and constant turnover of top leadership, enrollment continues to drop and the environment is very negative.

    Advice to Management

    Build community within the campus to make a positive change on the culture of the place. Stop giving everyone the title "Coordinator" with low pay, but putting them in roles that have them directing and managing programs/offices. Create career pathways/ladders within USM so young staff can see a future at USM.


  6. Student Coordinator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, relaxed office setting

    Cons

    Too many people working there, it only take one admin to do several peoples jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Less personal talk should go on and workflow should be spread out among employees.


  7. An exceptional work place

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor of Design Science/Art in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Associate Professor of Design Science/Art in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location in Portland Maine a most livable city. Though a small state University it is a great place with a robust faculty that provides a rich educational experience. The mission of the college is great as is how we are a Metropolitan campus (member of such). The college provides excellent opportunities for research with a generous research facility, space and support.

    Cons

    Too much belief in Facilities Management and what they say are the needs of the college this has put us in a "defect" mode. Too much budget cutting and retrenching (firing of faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting a new president every year, listen to the faculty not to facilities.


  8. Excellent work environment, but troubled times

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An excellent working environment with a good balance of quality-of-life and focus-on-real-quantifiable-goals. Payscale is low but benefits are very high. Some good people.

    Cons

    All of the U Maine systems are in massive disarray due to over a decade of financial mismanagement; therefore, very uncertain times with no job-safety for any employee at any level. University "bloat" will take years to reduce staffing levels which much pain along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep to the new trend of openness and strong communication about vision and goals, lending employees the most information possible to enable planning.


  9. incompetent management is heartbreaking

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This is a non-profit organization theoretically dedicated to higher education, so, theoretically, there is an opportunity to work for something more meaningful than the accumulation of money. The students are wonderfully fresh and idealistic.

    Cons

    USM is in a death spiral led by management that doesn't actually believe in publicly funded education and certainly doesn't believe in liberal arts. Management is anti-union, anti-progressive, anti-government, anti-faculty, anti-intellectual. That's a lot of antipathy. Money is spent not on things that will attract more students but on things that please egomaniac executive directors and the egomaniac husband/wife team mentioned in another review.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should be completely replaced along with the Board of Trustees who are complicit with the state putting less and less money into the UMaine system of universities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful location, great students. Portland is a small but culturally rich city with affordable housing. It has progressive values and attracts progressive people from all over New England.

    Cons

    In downsizing mode and being run by a group of non-academic business people. Maine's higher education system is in free fall, thanks to an unholy alliance between Bill Gates democrats and austerity republicans. The bloated and increasingly centralized administration allocates only 27% of money to instruction. Increasingly relies on adjuncts and advocates for online, system-level degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Read reviews about online education and quit trying to dismantle public education in order to line your own pockets.


  11. Great Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - IT in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic staff with great attitudes. Good team environment

    Cons

    Current restructure causing doubt and worry about job security



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