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Driven by external funding

Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Philadelphia, PA

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

Pros

Thriving research environment. Flexible and friendly. Good mentoring system. Good pool of students and postdocs.

Cons

Depends too much on federal grant support. Quality of research can be low, because researchers are under a lot of pressure to publish and get funding.

Advice to Management

Invest more in the bottom line of good quality research, as opposed to funding dollars.

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  1. An "okay" place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Some nice people.
    - Generous paid time off.
    - Good tuition benefits for your children.
    - Good healthcare plans (although employee contribution requirements are too high).

    Cons

    - Salaries low unless in upper management.
    - Parking expensive and convenient lots have no vacancies.
    - Location is awful (West Philly) and driving in and out is a nightmare.
    - Many unqualified people in positions they shouldn't be in.
    - The "Peter Principle" runs rampant.
    - Tuition benefits for staff limited to Penn education.
    - Life insurance policy is poor compared to other higher ed institutions.
    - Too big and decentralized creates numerous issues.

    Advice to Management

    - Increase salaries for positions below upper management.
    - More opportunity for advancement based on performance, not years at Penn.
    - Stop hiring unqualified folks (likely due to low pay).


  2. Fantastic institutional support, particularly health care.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Health coverage for those who live near the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia was tremendous. Collegial environment with great people.

    Cons

    Salaries are lower, but so is cost of living. It can sometimes be tough to bridge the divide between some of the ultra-fancy students and the regular folks who live in Philly and work at the university, but that is certainly a worthwhile goal that everyone needs to be on board with. There are some good neighborhoods to live in Philly, but they need to get better. It is still a tough place to raise a family.


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