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Great benefits, but not a lot of opportunities

Senior Applications Developer (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

ProsPenn really cares about its employees. They have excellent time off benefits, unbeatable tuition benefits, and in general, managers here are all very understanding of the need for work/life balance.

ConsPromotions are non-existent. The only way to move up is to apply for a different job with a higher title, and go through the usual interview process. On a related note, HR is centralized, but that doesn't really make sense, because Penn doesn't work like a large company: you can't easily move to a different team or department, and different teams or departments may have very different compensation for the same title & responsibilities. Essentially, you're trading in career mobility for a few extra days off, and if you're early in your career, that trade may not be worth it.

Advice to Senior ManagementEither decentralize HR and give individual hiring groups more control over who & how they hire, or make it easier for employees to stay at Penn by 1. allowing promotions again and 2. allowing employees to easily transfer between schools and departments.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Education and Tuition Benefits are a MAJOR bonus

    Program Coordinator (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 3 years


    Pros: The tuition benefits are probably one of the best perks of working… Cons: For the younger crowd just entering the work force.... Universities can usually find cheap student labor so you run the risk of being underpaid. … More
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    Good place for someone with a family

    Programmer/Analyst (Current Employee) Phila, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Great benefits (health, tuition, paid time off) Good Work-Life Balance Cons: Incestuous (same people revolve around) Goals aren't clear. Advice to Senior Management: Set some medium term goals. Recruit from outside the organization. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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