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Updated May 2, 2017
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  1. "Dispelling Myths about USM"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor Design Science Director Ci2 CRL in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Professor Design Science Director Ci2 CRL in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place no the university is still here growing strong good changes happening growth research development student centered

    Cons

    The negative publicity we are receiving is all false, yes some are disgruntled ex-employees but talk to the students they are happy excited learning.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward developing strong existing programs cutting the weak and growing new exciting ones


  2. "Not bad at all."

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    Current Employee - Tutor in Gorham, ME
    Current Employee - Tutor in Gorham, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and creative options.

    Cons

    Pay is alright. Not too low but not too high.


  3. "Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lewiston, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lewiston, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mostly devoted staff
    decent benefits
    Husky mascot
    trying to adapt to modern times
    suffering from obsolete traditions

    Cons

    Administration is unorganized
    Faculty centered instead of student centered
    staffs undervalued
    Unions
    behind the curve in innovation

    Advice to Management

    needs to allow Umaine system to manage USM


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  5. "University of Southern Maine"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, a lot of potential for interesting research. There is great talent in many areas of science and research, that survive despite all the bureaucracy.

    Cons

    The "wheels" in the system move very slowly, some people are around because they have tenure and not because they actually provide great contribution to anything.
    There have been cuts due to some budget deficit, and even tenured professors lost their jobs.


  6. "Working at USM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gorham, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gorham, ME
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. dependent tuition waiver, dedicated staff, lots of great employees and students

    Cons

    Budget cuts have been ongoing for several years with layoffs, poor staff morale


  7. "Academic Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students were amazing to work with. Other faculty and staff were there for a common goal.

    Cons

    Turnover in the administration made it a challenge to get our footing and focus on what our goal was as an institution.


  8. "cashier"

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    Former Employee - Cashier in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Cashier in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    it was a good first job.

    Cons

    there are no cons because it is so easy.

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Great benefits and work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package for salaried staff, including tuition waiver for self and dependents, 4 weeks vacation and 4 weeks sick time right away, very affordable health plan with great coverage, 10% employer contribution to retirement, access to campus amenities like gym.

    Cons

    Going through some changes right now and student enrollment is down. Environment can feel a bit negative and insecure. Expect it will turn around eventually.


  10. "Lack of support"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, ME

    I have been working at University of Southern Maine (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Independent work. Freedom. Work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of support shown throughout all departments. Favorites are strongly supported. Others are left behind.

    Advice to Management

    Continuity.


  11. "Administrative Specialist CL2"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist CL2 in Portland, ME
    Former Employee - Administrative Specialist CL2 in Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Southern Maine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are loyal, dedicated and caring and for the most part great to work with. Even during difficult employment situations, both staff and faculty stood firm and not only offered excellent education for the students but usually support for one another as well.

    Cons

    Huge financial deficits over the last several years has caused much strain on the employees. This created an environment of distrust and a very real fear for continued employment and a further over work strain on the remaining staff. Employment promises are not kept and even very long term employees were cut.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the cuts and allow the employees to recover emotionally from the multi-year fears for employment. Keep promises made.


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