Penn State College of Medicine Reviews

Updated August 5, 2015
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  1. Graduate Student

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are good salaries and benefits available. If you are a student, the on-campus housing isn't too bad.

    Cons

    Parking can be a bit tight. Also general area living conditions can be a bit expensives.


  2. Graduate assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment and people

    Cons

    Expected a lot in hours


  3. Research tech positions leave something to be desired.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition discounts on most Penn State educational pursuits. Flexible schedule, but would depend upon specific department.

    Cons

    Below-average compensation with only marginal increases per year. Best way to advance, unfortunately, is to jump between departments to achieve a promotion. Highly bureaucratic in many regards.


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  5. Great job flexibility and professional development opportunities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive environment, learning and professional development opportunities, interdisciplinary collaboration

    Cons

    No cons to note here


  6. A PhD student's perspective

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues and idyllic community setting. Consistent growth of medical center and research endeavors help make a positive atmosphere for graduate research/studies. Supportive graduate dean and staff!

    Cons

    Despite some great strides toward translational research with HCAR, Office of Tech. Development, and P3 campaign, you won't confuse this with one of the major biotech (or cultural) hubs, but those aren't that far away.


  7. The pay wasn't stellar but I was willing to drive an hour to get there because I enjoyed the people and philosophy

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Contributing to cancer research, working as a team, treated as a valuable member

    Cons

    Pay doesn't correspond to amount of work and education.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay slightly


  8. The College is academically focused, with emphasis on hard work and tangible productivity.

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    Current Employee - Research Technologist I in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Research Technologist I in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible, and the College definitely has a laid-back atmosphere. Every day is casual Friday.

    Cons

    Compensation is substantially lower than an equitable position in Industry. You may be asked to work long hours without the possibility of overtime, and your time outside of work (vacation time, evenings, weekends) may not be respected. There is not a great emphasis on "health" and "balance" for the employee work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Consider emphasizing a greater sense of work-life balance; your employees will feel empowered and be more productive during working hours.


  9. Good people, good science = good medicine.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent 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.

    Cons

    Often 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 Management

    Clear 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.


  10. Great culture/values

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, very bright people

    Cons

    Good 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 Management

    Little to comment on here.


  11. Good place to work with good benefits

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    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Healthcare Great 401k match Great atmosphere Very good Education Reimbursement

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Improve salary for Penn State employed staff and provide more opportunities for advancement



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