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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • Beurocratic, minimal room for growth (in 4 reviews)

  • Most upper management staff are subject matter experts - not people managers and most lack the skills to effectively manage staff (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Undergraduate Researcher"

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

    Pros

    Networking and awesome research experience.

    Cons

    Low pay while having to pay for employee parking

    Advice to Management

    Employee parking should be free and more accessible. Other than that I had a great experience working in the orthopedics research labs.


  2. "Good place of Post Docs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good environment to work

    Cons

    No public transportation around school


  3. "Bioinformatician"

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    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Bioinformatician in Worcester, MA

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people with great resources

    Cons

    High work ethic is absolutely required


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  5. "Outstanding education, graduates extremely competitive"

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    Current Employee - MD/PhD Candidate
    Current Employee - MD/PhD Candidate
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    UMass Medical School hosts some of the best biomedical research in the world, and provides students with the skills and contacts to succeed in diverse PhD career paths. As a medical school, it shines in its ability to train empathic, highly informed clinicians for every specialty.

    Cons

    Because there is no undergraduate student body at this campus, research labs are more productivity-focused than educationally focused, but that is a prssure everyone is facing these days with funding so tight.


  6. "Up and coming research hub"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    The research community is collaborative and supportive.

    Cons

    This institution is incorrectly perceived as outshadowed by larger research centers to the East.


  7. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Engaging work, good entry-level position

    Cons

    No room for growth, rarely a raise, work morale is low


  8. "Undergraduate Researcher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeville, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at UMass Medical School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great part time experience with lab work. Also one of the few places that will pay an undergraduate to do lab work.

    Cons

    Not as much biomedical engineering research.


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    "Postdoctoral associate"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Once you accept the reality that, as a postdoc you are underpaid and undervalued, there are some advantages to working at UMMS. Your experience will vary depending on which professor you work for and the department. I had an excellent boss but the department could be pretty unpleasant.

     Basically all newly minted PhDs have to spend 3-5 years (or more) as postdocs before getting a job that allows them to earn more than their cousin who works a toll booth. Nationwide, postdocs are less exploited than they have been in the past, but it's all relative. Postdoc is a training position after all, but the whole academic research system is a pyramid scheme so the number of jobs created pales compared to the avalanche of qualified scientists graduated each year.

    There's nothing really special about compensation.Salaries and benefits at UMMS are at the bare minimum levels allowed by NIH.

    Cons

    Despite the fact that it's a public institution, UMMS aspires to be as rigid and cold-hearted as any ruthless corporation. I was working my tail off into the late hours on an important experiment on my last day so I didn't have the time to clean out my desk or say goodbye to people. My job essentially ended because we ran out of research funding for my position. Despite the fact that no one would need my desk, or locker, the administrators quickly wanted anything of mine removed from the premises. Quite a shock considering I still was on good terms with my boss and coworkers and would still be working to publish an article (without pay) and might have need of some resources.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to act like human beings. The worst offenders are people who talk a good game when it comes to fairness and genuinely seem appalled when corporate America acts callously towards their employees. The hypocrisy is astounding.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very good work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Shrewsbury, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Shrewsbury, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and medical insurance coverage are comparable however, they offer a lot of plan to choose from which sets them apart from other companies I have worked for. Work/life balance is very good.

    Cons

    Job security: Job is federal grant acquisition based and could end without notice or could end at the appointed time but if no new grant is acquired to replace the one ending, then layoffs occur. Very hierarchical and employees are not empowered.

    Advice to Management

    Moving towards a flat organization and empowering employees would help the growth and success of the organization and employee commitment.


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    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    less traffic and easy to get to the facility. Secured jobs but again low paid. Good health insurance and extra benifits

    Cons

    Very poor and unprofessional management and underPay the employees. Can't keep their employees at al due to unprofessional behavior toward employees. Barely merit raise every year. No bonus



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