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Updated January 19, 2018
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UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley
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Pros
  • UMB is a wonderfully eclectic and international work environment (in 11 reviews)

  • Convenient place to work and study flexible hours (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, lack of pathways for stable position (in 7 reviews)

  • a public university, low salary, limited funding (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great adjuncting experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UMass Boston part-time

    Pros

    Unique and diversity student body; supportive staff; technology in the classrooms

    Cons

    Difficulty accessing campus due to construction


  2. "I loved being an assistant at Umass Boston"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Boston part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced faculty, bi-weekly salary, and chill work environment, flexible work and schedule. I really enjoyed being a research assistant at Umass Boston and I am missing those days.

    Cons

    Maybe they could pay their research assistants more but it still wasnt a big issue for me. Sometimes things can get a little too 'flexible'

  3. "So much potential, but needs solid leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time

    Pros

    UMass Boston can be a great place depending on the department in which you work. Some areas are positive, forward thinking, encouraging and supportive. Dedicated faculty, serious students, incredible talent in many areas. The waterfront location is beautiful and the benefits are generally very good.

    Cons

    Lacks leadership and direction from the top. Egos galore. Departments are very siloed. Most decisions made by committee which makes things difficult and sometimes impossible to get done. A lot of negativity. More collaboration is needed between departments/people.


  4. "Communications"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is never a dull moment on the job. Busy, hectic work environment. Lots of change going on. First dorms opening in fall 2018 and 2 new building opened in past few years. Lots to communicate.

    Cons

    There was a $30 million deficit and the interim Vice Chancellor is making tough decisions on what to cut and there were 43 layoffs for the first time in 40 years. It really shook the place up. The unions are fighting management.


  5. "Working Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits for employees for example free tuition and fees
    Some supervisors offer flexibility of working hours for example 8 - 4 rather than 9 - 5

    Cons

    lack of communication between main departments and smaller on campus departments. For example the budget office doesn't communicate with the business mangers.

    Advice to Management

    Develop better work flow procedures and make it mandatory that staff follow the procedures.


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Boston part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Convenient place to work and study flexible hours.

    Cons

    Low salary, lack of leadership which is causing layoff on long-term employees.


  7. "Lovely Budget Crisis Going On Here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Boston full-time

    Pros

    It's great to get a degree and be paid for it.

    Cons

    The state is strangling the life out of public higher education.

  8. "student employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at UMass Boston part-time

    Pros

    you get to meet a lot of different people there and the culture is great there. You can feel the diversity there.

    Cons

    as always parking was an issue.


  9. "Marketing and Business Development"

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Business Development in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Boston (More than a year)

    Pros

    The school realized and has been investing in Marketing efforts. So, the role would put your skills to use unlike before.
    Great work place and also great location

    Cons

    Pay would not be as much as other schools in Boston area.


  10. "Umass Boston work ethics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Boston part-time

    Pros

    You are not expected to work more than your dedicated working hours.

    Cons

    Work schedule is very monotonous


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