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Great benefits, but not a lot of opportunities

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer  in  Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA

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

Pros

Penn 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.

Cons

Promotions 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 ManagementAdvice

Either 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.

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    Good place for someone with a family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst  in  Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Programmer/Analyst in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Set some medium term goals.
    Recruit from outside the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I enjoyed a tremendous opportunity for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great resources
    Great collaborators
    Funding
    Opportunities outside the lab

    Cons

    Still a training position
    NIH salary structure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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