The vacation time is really good, however, the pay could be better.
Generous paid time off. No benefits for domestic partners.
As far as assistantships, it was in line with other Universities graduate programs.
since I was part time, not all benefits applied
I would have to say that the best or worst thing about the benefits package at the University of Massachusetts Boston would be classified as a worst: "I Was not Offered Any!".
Health insurance was ok but you had to use the campus clinic.
GIC health insurance, tuition and fee waivers, pension (requires 10 years service to be vested)
I can study and make full use of my free time work and make money there at the same place.
Pros: Beautiful location Immense amount of diversity among students and staff (people from many different walks of life) Relatively easy to be accepted in Not the most expensive considering it is in Boston. Decent amount of activities and social events (including clubs) Cons: Disrespectful staff in the campus center (Heaven forbid I ask a question.) Expensive parking No on-campus housing so housing on location can get quite expensive
The health insurance coverage is pretty good and if you are female the maternity leave is spectacular! The union is ineffective and upper management is trying to reduce benefits. Tuition assistance is also being attacked and is not that great to begin with.