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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated November 8, 2017
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Pros
  • great benefits and collegial atmosphere (in 18 reviews)

  • good benefits package, great hospital (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay while having to pay for employee parking (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not a good place for career enhancement"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    collaborative environment which is oftentimes good for PIs

    Cons

    NIH minimum salary is not paid to many post doctoral fellows. The school does not allow forming a Post doctoral association and there is no raise in benefits for years. Senior post docs are not offered scientist positions.


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Do as I say not as I do"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    Pay was decent and hours were good.

    Cons

    Management lacked communication, consistency and a lot of nepotism.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at UMass Medical School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great professors, nice people, some good benefits

    Cons

    Administrators of departments are too powerful and autonomous. Too much emphasis on how long you have worked there and not enough on performance. Administration hires way too much at top while reducing staff at lower end (janitors cleaning every other day).

    Advice to Management

    Have classes on federal laws, wage hour laws and Disability. Encourage department staffs to work together rather than as fiefdoms run by individual dictators.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do not work in IT"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (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.


  7. "Depends on your department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    State employee benefits are very good (retirement, paid vacation and holidays, paid sick days)
    Good experience-they'll work you to the bone but you'll learn a lot while doing it

    Cons

    Depends highly on the department you work for, but some departments have no respect for work life balance, do not listen to the concerns of their staff, no guidance on professional development, when my resume grew promised raises/promotions were not delivered,

  8. "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.


  9. "Cadaver Program Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    WAS a well-respected cadaver program
    Former manager was praised within community
    Calls were returned within a reasonable time

    Cons

    Program is non-existent
    Reputation has gone from 5 stars to zero stars in 4 months
    No accountability

    Advice to Management

    It won't make a difference


  10. "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.


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