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UMass Medical School Reviews

Updated December 6, 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 9 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Worcester, MA

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

    Pros

    Health Care coverage and optional dental

    Cons

    Underpaid and overworked. Poor parking conditions and zero sense of community


  2. Helpful (1)

    "No Career advancement for Scientists"

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

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

    Pros

    Good place to Collaborate. programs with multiple discipline.

    Cons

    No growth for researchers especially post-doctorate fellows. No career guidance and enhancement. You can be post-doc for years without any increase in benefits.
    Management main focus is to keep their bosses happy anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Be supportive to research fellows, they are the future of institute.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Disappointing & Dissatisfied"

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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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, holidays all paid

    Cons

    Management too centered and closed in their own ways. Every manager and supervisor/team lead, anyone and everyone in a management supervisor position needs to go back to school and refresh their management training and how to have succeful and productive communications with their employees, if they've ever had any at all!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    GO BACK TO SCHOOL!!!! Your practices are outdated and do not meet the needs of your employees over all.


  4. 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not Really Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UMass Medical School full-time

    Pros

    New Building
    Good Benefits
    Hmm, I have to enter at least 5 words, this is tough.

    Cons

    Petty Managers
    Low Pay
    Little Career Advancement
    No Work/Life Balance

    Advice to Management

    Stop being petty about perfectionism. That will keep you far far away from perfect results.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Department Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Shrewsbury, MA
    Current Employee - Department Coordinator in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance and flexible time off, when needed. The DCAP and FSA are a tremendous help as is the Free Tuition at all State Universities and colleges.

    Cons

    Absolutely no opportunity for advancement whatsoever. Poor, if any, raises, incredibly dissatisfied staff and low morale, with most people using their positions as, "stepping stones." With the exception of managers, people are paid poorly and have no interest in their job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop duplicating your heavily paid Upper Management. They do not perform as you believe and are a waste of the School's money.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating and under-appreciated"

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

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

    Pros

    Close to home, relaxed working hours.

    Cons

    Low pay, no opportunity for raises or advancement, micro-managed, parking far away.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Look elsewhere..."

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    Former Employee - Mid-level Professional (Non-management), Commonwealth Medicine in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Mid-level Professional (Non-management), Commonwealth Medicine in Shrewsbury, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good (state) benefits. Stable hours.

    Cons

    I worked in the CWM division of the school. While on the surface, this appears to be a decent place to work, just walk in to any department to see the black cloud of low morale appear. The project expanding the school at the main campus went so far over budget that cutbacks and layoffs are becoming an everyday occurrence. And rather than cutting down on the crazy number of $100k+ salaried executives and senior management staff that do nothing but add layers of bureaucracy and red tape that constantly ties the hands of progress, UMMS likes to start with the little people, cutting employees who, despite having been loyal to the organization for 10+ years at peanut salaries and offered no opportunity for advancement, stuck it out. Over the years, any opportunities for professional development have been cut completely. Tuition is not free for employees (50% off). Free courses offered previously (PMP certification, Lean Six Sigma training, etc.) have all been cut from the budget. Being promoted into a management position is not going to happen. Ever. Internal promotion of that nature is rare. HR is detached from staff and do nothing to facilitate internal growth - internal applicants are treated the same way as if the organization had never met them before and they hadn't put in years of service. Most upper management staff are subject matter experts - not people managers and most lack the skills to effectively manage staff. Despite knowing this, there is no management training provided to new managers (that was cut too). This is a dead end employer. If you want to punch a time clock, keep your head down, sit in a cubicle all day and are not interested in advancing your career (maybe you're biding your last few years until retirement?), then this is the place for you. If you're interested in building a career, move along. Employees are made to feel untrustworthy and completely replaceable - your opinion is not valued. The South Street building is filled with people who are miserable and totally dead inside. It's not pretty.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Listen to your employees. You have so much talent and you squander it by paying stuffed shirts full of hot air giant salaries to push paper around and essentially add nothing to the organization. Provide training and advancement opportunities. Provide work/life balance options like flex schedules and work from home options. Make your employees feel like you care about them and want them to succeed. Chop the dead weight at the top and utilize your younger, dynamic, energetic staff to help you move the organization forward. Trust that they have a better idea about how to transform the organization into something great than you do... because what you're doing is not working - financial data and employment turnover most certainly reflect that.


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