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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • great benefits and collegial atmosphere (in 18 reviews)

  • good benefits package, great hospital (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay while having to pay for employee parking (in 7 reviews)

  • Beurocratic, minimal room for growth (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "research tech"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits package, great hospital

    Cons

    HR can be difficult to work with


  2. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Safe, caring environment to work

    Cons

    Doesn't follow recommended NIH minimums for postdoc salaries

    Advice to Management

    Pay your postdocs!

  3. "Just okay"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Instructor in Worcester, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The experience depends on the lab and your lab environment.

    Cons

    Parking is not conveniently located and expensive. Benefits are not great.

    Advice to Management

    Create opportunities for career scientists.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The aura of working for a medical school is appealing at first and at dinner parties. If your not a MD or PhD, it becomes difficult to explain your role, and the leaders don't help.

    Cons

    Unless your on the academic side and at a significant level your a second class citizen. The consultant division Commonwealth Medicine seems like a good idea, but is poorly managed and will most likely fold soon. The state has caught up on the compensation and benefit side.

    Advice to Management

    What management? Lots of chiefs with no metrics for success, which means if you don't measure it how can you manage it? They don't, crappy "experts" are god-like but in reality are bullies and inexperienced managers. The turnover rate is growing which should tell you something. Good people are leaving.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Research Associate"

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

    Pros

    Easier commute than Boston or Cambridge. Very nice facilities, though many empty spaces.

    Cons

    Very old school approach to human relations. Lots of fiefdoms. fair amount of political nepotism at upper levels, not as noticed because of location outside Boston. Salaries and bonuses at top seem out of wack for a non-profit government institution. Little room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people not just buildings.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, poor HR Dept"

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

    I have been working at UMass Medical School part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are world class, very motivated and some of the best in the midical field.

    Cons

    HR does not value good help, outstanding employees are not promoted due to budget cuts and end up leaving. There is a high turnover due to the nature of the business - grant funded projects. There is not a career ladder for advancement. If you would like to be rewarded for your efforts with a promotion, uou need to change departments.

    Advice to Management

    The attrition rate could be lowered if HR was interested in retaining good employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Post Doc Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Standard salary, but lots of support for post docs in career development from the university career services department. NIH workshop,

    Cons

    Cafeteria in the research building in term s of the food is really bad. Also the prices are also very high. The cafeteria in the hospital building is okay, still very expensive and food still sucks.

  8. "Comfortable and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Policy Analyst in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good benefits. Very kind, hard-working and highly knowledgeable colleagues. Good work life balance. Mission-oriented work. Social justice orientation. Appreciation for diversity, a tolerant work place. My manager was very supportive of my professional growth. Varied work with opportunities to provide input to the future direction of my division/team. A lot of creative freedom into my work.

    Cons

    Lack of Standard Operating Procedures and Project Management capacity at my division. At times waste and duplication of efforts. Poor communication / mixed messages from senior management as to direction of the division. Lack of a team-oriented culture; work is very silo-ed and sometimes isolating.

    Advice to Management

    Continue being supportive of your excellent staff, I commend them for this. Invest in SOPs and project management capacity/staff to avoid duplication of efforts. Expand opportunities to grow for your staff within the organization.


  9. "LPN"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Patient interaction, independent and team work atmosphere, ability to assist and work along surgeons during and post procedures

    Cons

    Availability to advance. Increase in workload without compensation. Lack of flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Allow flexibility with employees in school. Negotiate with union for allowing increase in pay.


  10. "Good company and benefits."

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Worcester, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent. Medical Insurance, vacation and holidays.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more professional development opportunities.


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