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Updated November 1, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance and benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Great location; Great benefits; Supportive work environment; Very active and engaged academic community (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • There are no cons that come to mind (in 9 reviews)

  • Unfortunately there is no room for advancement (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Director of The Daily Collegian"

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    Former Employee - Department Director in Amherst, MA
    Former Employee - Department Director in Amherst, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good resources for IT and some students actually care about their jobs.

    Cons

    Many students and staff are clearly their to get credit or get paid, respectively and there is a lot of politics controlling communication in that Department.

    Advice to Management

    Vet/find better office support staff and tighten up requirements for student participation- make it a for-credit experience and grade it. Pay attention to your staff's feedback on student behavior and Department politics, Improve your almost non-existent protection of your Department's budget


  2. "Graduate Program"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Provide the students with a quality education. Good location right on the water. Competitive benefits since you are a state worker.

    Cons

    The budget crisis that has hit the university system curtails what the each department can do. The commute is brutal as well as the leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Be less worried about putting up new buildings and be more concerned with keeping quality works that help run the university.

  3. "register"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    free food
    paid on time
    free drinks

    Cons

    terrible shifts and poorly managed


  4. "Math Tutor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time

    Pros

    Positive environment, Good learning experience.
    You have a chance to help other students with their homework or study and more so you can relearn your studying habbit

    Cons

    it can be stressful because you have to learn how to explain things in many times till they get.


  5. ""It's Not Just What You Know....""

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Shrewsbury, MA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Shrewsbury, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    UMASS has a lot of good and competent people working there. The benefits are very good; some salaries are also very good. If you are on a 'hot' project, you get a lot of resources, assistance and attention (which is good and bad). You can be at UMASS until you retire, if you continue to be a contributor with a good attitude.

    Cons

    The practice of hiring political pals, with minimal qualifications at best, into senior/executive positions (and the inequality that creates at so many levels) really got to me after awhile. It's also hard to be accepted as a committed fellow employee by the 'old guard' - those at UMASS for 7-15+ years. Professional development and career paths all depends on which department you are in - nothing consistent for all employees.

    Advice to Management

    Managers, be a 'facilitator' to your staff - they need your guidance and support. Go to bat for them if issues come up with other departments over resource-sharing. And invest in your employees professional development, and career path - even if it means that they will one day move on from your department.


  6. "Graduate School is hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time

    Pros

    Hopefully will open doors when I am done, but that might be a while.

    Cons

    Don't get paid enough, long hours, no autonomy. Typical graduate school.


  7. "Friendly and small community"

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    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in North Dartmouth, MA
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in North Dartmouth, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Massachusetts full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most people are awesome. IT group is the best. Decent perks.
    Plenty of vacation time and personal time. Friendship bonds are strong amount the community.

    Cons

    Some people are the bane for the rest the campus. Talent is not considered. Experience outranks everything. Your ideas matter but are not considered most of the time. People in high positions do not value your opinion and sometimes their policies are stupid.

    Advice to Management

    Need to really get rid of bad people

  8. "Bus Driver"

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

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time

    Pros

    Fun Environment with great people. Good student job. Flexible schedule, and you can form relationships with people that can turn transportation into a career.

    Cons

    None. Loved working here, perfect student job. Lots of different qualifications. I wouldn't do anything differently. Good leadership from the management.

    Advice to Management

    Management has already taken my advice and increased salaries for bus drivers. It is once again the highest paid student job on campus.


  9. "Dietary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sometimes a nice family atmosphere where you get to mix the generations.

    Cons

    No long-term job
    prospects. No benefits.

    Advice to Management

    What is the public sector future?


  10. "Students were Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Massachusetts part-time

    Pros

    The students were great. The salary was one of the most competitive.

    Cons

    The staff were not inclusive .

    Advice to Management

    Provide more development opportunities and maybe adjuncts will stay longer.


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