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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "Do not work in IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    State benefits are good to have, fairly easy job.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as career growth. Many people have been stuck in their current titles for many years without hope of a promotion or “moving up.” Many talented workers have left over the years either due to massive layoffs or because working here is terrible. Morale is near zero.

    Management loves to talk about tech buzzwords, bid ideas that we’re aiming towards, to seem like we’re cutting edge. But these things have little value to actual work, and it’s mostly a facade.

    Management also picks favorites, including cases of hiring several former co-workers from a previous job over other applicants.


  2. "Nothing like it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UMass Medical School part-time

    Pros

    None, unless you are one of the top paid management.

    Cons

    Low pay for the work expected from you. Not given the salary that was originally offered. Understandably high turnover rate. Not clarified up front the number of people I would have to support even though the salary was greatly reduced and not enough hours in the day to support these many staff members. Management completely nonsupportive. Very high salaries provided to administrative staff as evidenced on the State employee pay scale website. Employees are charged to park at the same rate.Those who have connections get to park on the site regardless of their length of service.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff fairly, same as you expect for yourselves, especially compensation wise. Lowest paid workers burdened with the most work. Do a thorough research on why the turnover rate is so high.Adjust the parking rates according to employee's salaries.


  3. "Postdoctor"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The enviroment is OK. However, working condition is worse than ever.
    If you are pursuing academic development and don't care about pay, you can come.

    Cons

    For Ph.D., don't be a postdoctor here. They never followed NIH salary standard to pay Postdoctoral research associate.


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  5. "Extremely underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good lab resources and updated equipment. Good discounts on benefits like health and vision even in family plans.

    Cons

    HR and other management is very unorganized Underpaid Research associates. Especially with the amount of hours you put in. If you are Research Associate and not a Research Tech you do not come under any union so cant contest the hours you are made to work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Low Morale"

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    Former Employee - Contract Worker in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Worker in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the worker-bees do a wonderful job - they're overworked and under appreciated.

    Cons

    Union employees and management - basically they can do whatever they want without too much oversight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real and treat people they way you'd like to be treated.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Yearly layoffs in IT continue"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administration Engineer in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administration Engineer in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of tech for an IT person to get their hands on. Money is being invested in certain areas.

    Cons

    Consistent management turnover with even more consistent worker level "layoffs". I quote layoffs because it's not a cost saving measure, but just a nice way to circumvent their regular policy of paying appropriate severance. Like many situations with large management turnover, the sycophants quickly rise up the ranks. Don't be realistic if you want to succeed here; only unrealistic optimism and fake smiles win the day. Partnerships flounder (DCO and hosted email) in the mean time.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "All elements of UMass Worcester are in disarray."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some middle management and line staff still care.

    Cons

    Understaffed in all areas, this campus is being run like a high-tech startup. State benefits are waning and staff cuts are frequent, especially just before each new fiscal year.

    Advice to Management

    Run this place like an institution of higher learning that is in it for the long haul. This should differentiate UMMS from the shenanigans of high-tech where dedicated employees are just numbers and executives receive huge salaries for running the place into the ground looking while for their next opportunity.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Boring and unsafe town, bad management"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some laboratories conduct cutting edge scientific researches (but most other labs aren't doing well). Medical students have all the support from the school.

    Cons

    1. Major focus on medical students and MDs; they have almost all the resources.
    2. Research part isn't too strong. Many labs are poorly managed.
    3. HR said their job is to protect the school not the employees.
    4. Worcester is a small and boring town with low ethnic diversity and high crime rate.

    Advice to Management

    Drop your arrogant attitude, you are not even top 20.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Charlestown location is an unstable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate II in Charlestown, MA
    Former Employee - Associate II in Charlestown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits vacations and really high starting salaries. Lots of perks like reduced insurance and cell phone plans and flexible work schedules.

    Cons

    This place operates on emotions and whether or not you are in the in crowd; Its worst than high school. There will be no career path or chance for advancement if they don't like you. The directors/managers are a tight knit group; they block you from moving to other departments by sharing their jaded opinions of staff with each other and basically blacklist you from other positions. This means if you are fed up with the way they treat you, your only recourse is the door. For this reason the turnover rate is high. I would not recommend anyone leave a stable position to work at UMMS. It is an extremely difficult place to navigate.

    Advice to Management

    The Director’s have too much power and autonomy; they are a self governing community devoid of any consequences or repercussions for the actions they take against their staff. Together they pressure and intimidate the Executive Director and he does what they want. The powers that be in Worcester need to take a hard look at what goes on in Charlestown.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "I've worked in a lot of great places. This wasn't one of them."

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Charlestown, MA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Charlestown, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of vacation and sick time. There's a lot of nice people, but only if you find yourself in the right unit or department.

    Cons

    There's a very high turnover rate. It's unfriendly towards teamwork or group activities. Creativity is dead. There's very little opportunity for growth or advancement. And there's a level of discrimination towards race and gender that's somewhat apparent.

    Advice to Management

    I wish that upper management and human resource would better scrutinize the abuse of workers by lower management. There's almost no protection for workers. If you're being railroaded neither HR or upper management would hear you out and will always side with their fellow managers. I've never though that unions were necessary until I've worked here.


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