Penn State College of Medicine
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www.hmc.psu.edu Hershey, PA

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Updated May 15, 2014

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    Good people, good science = good medicine.

    Administrative Support Coordinator (Former Employee)
    Harrisburg, PA

    ProsExcellent cutting edge research by an outstanding faculty. Nine out of ten scientists I had contact with possessed stable mature personalities with courteous and professional behavior exhibited toward coworkers and staff. Generally one of the best work environments and cultures I've had the privilege of working in.

    ConsOften had to deal with the usual lack of leadership and management skills on the part of a few lower administrative staff. Micromanagement and inadequate communication skills demonstrated by these few detracted from an otherwise collegial work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClear lines of authority and boundaries should be clearly defined during initial training with annual refresher as needed. Professional communication skills should be emphasized as well during refresher training.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great culture/values

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Hershey, PA

    ProsFlexible hours, very bright people

    ConsGood benefits for full-time employees, but like most places, postdoctoral fellows get few benefits and little pay. It's ot so much a knock on PSCOM just the structure of the system in academic science.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLittle to comment on here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work with good benefits

    Programmer Analyst (Current Employee)
    Hershey, PA

    ProsHealthcare
    Great 401k match
    Great atmosphere
    Very good Education Reimbursement

    ConsSalary
    Room for advancement
    Lots of bureaucracy, hard to get things done at times

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove salary for Penn State employed staff and provide more opportunities for advancement

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Friendly environment, but not top tier research.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly coworkers and great place to learn techniques.

    ConsInability or desire for to reach the next level of excellence.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould be more future-thinking.

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    Lab tech = Hard work, long hours, little pay, no opportunities for advacement or raises

    Lab Tech I (Current Employee)
    Hershey, PA

    Prosgood benefits, some good people to work with, flexible hours

    ConsVery little possibility for career advancement. Last year they re-organized their job structure increasing the requirements for each job title makeing it even more difficult to qualify for raises and promotions.

    The pay is terrible even for academic standards.

    experiences vary greatly by lab. The employee is at the mercy of the PI. Some PI's bully their employees into long hours and very busy days. PI's are not held accountable for their actions and are allowed to do as they please

    non- exempt employees can not document overtime for fear of being fired or reprimanded.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The right department will make or break it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Hershey, PA

    ProsDepending on which department you end up working, your experience with the College of Medicine can be very rewarding or very miserable. Some Departments have very poor management and the human resources in the department does not take steps to remedy the problem.

    ConsThe pay is not that great. It's kind of in the middle of no where. Poor management (depending on the department)

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter management training and promotions should be based more on competence, performance, leadership skills, and ability to work in teams. Not who can suck up the manager best.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    To anyone considering this place: STAY AWAY

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Hershey, PA

    ProsI have to fill out 20 words for this section. Being that this is extremely difficult and I see no pros, I am writing this: easy commute.

    ConsFor a detailed critique you can refer to my review of Hershey Medical Center on this site. Essentially all the points I made there applies here:

    1. Too much red-tape

    2. The scientific environment here is laughable. The core facilities are ludicrous, there are no world renowned labs, and most of the faculty live in denial of how bad the scientific output of this place really is.

    3. The collaborative environment is non-existent. Partly because the two campuses are nearly 100 miles apart, but mostly because there are no experts in this institution.

    4. Lack of growth potential. In most cases you will be stuck as a postdoc and if you are extremely lucky probably be promoted to research associate. That is just policy, unless of course you know how to play politics. Also the chances of getting employment once you come out of this place is next to zero. In all likelihood you have to do a second postdoc at a more prestigious institution. So spare yourself the agony and skip this place altogether.

    5. Lack of pay. There is a pay freeze here. So many third year postdocs are still getting paid at first years rates, in violation of NIH policy, even though they are extremely productive.

    6. As a postdoc you will be unappreciated. This place does not value researchers, I can say that from personal experience.

    7. The support staff is terrible. In all likelihood the research assistants are only high school graduates and you will end up doing your job as well as theirs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy previous advice still applies. If the management wants to make this place into a competitive research institution then they need to do more to attract top talent and retain them through competitive incentives. As of right now there is no incentive for anyone to come and work here, unless they are coming from a different country and don't know any better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hershey, PA

    ProsGreat benefits, flexible hours, located in a nice town, employees are friendly

    Consinsufficient core facilities and lack of sufficient expertise and personnel to run existing core facilities, insufficient bridge funds

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpgrade core facilities and hire experts to run them

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Hershey, PA

    ProsThe benefits are fantastic! We have Highmark BlueShield PPO - superior coverage and ~$250/month for family rate. The atmosphere is fairly laid back and quite flexible.

    ConsI can't help but wonder if there is better pay elsewhere....

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfactory

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossurrounding community; colleagues; stimulating environment; pleasant work environment

    Conslack of team-centerd leadership and personal growth potential

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove upon 360 evaluation process for senior leadership

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