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Penn State University Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.8 361 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Penn State University President Rodney A. Erickson

Rodney A. Erickson

(90 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a friendly environment, and a culture of professionalism and work-life balance(in 12 reviews)

  • Great benefits, lots of opportunities, great if your boss is as cool as mine(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is in what many would consider the middle of nowhere(in 11 reviews)

  • small town, basically in the middle of nowhere(in 12 reviews)

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    Great University.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDemanding tasks
    Noteworthy Feedback

    ConsHigher Ups are snobby

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    Tough love for graduate students

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) University Park, PA

    ProsSure, I got a ton of experience, but most of it is useless, unfortunately.

    ConsAs any graduate student knows, the pay is low, the hours are long, and the demand is unbelievable. Some might argue it's not worth it.

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

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    Great People to Work With

    Camera Op (Former Employee) State College, PA

    ProsAmazing faculty and staff. Most are very kind and helpful, with you typical number of bad apples. Having worked in multiple departments, I think it is safe to say it is true University wide.

    ConsIf you are unfamiliar with the area, it is in what many would consider the middle of nowhere. If you love the country, a polite and welcoming community, and a moderately sized town, then this is your place. If you are looking for the hustle and bustle of big city living, this may not be your best bet. (although, you will still get plenty of that on football weekends)

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

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    Graduate Research Assistant

    Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee) State College, PA

    ProsThe campus is very nice, cost of living in the area is affodable and the medical benefits were pretty good.

    ConsThe town is a rowdy college town that lives for football and this disrupts all other activities on campus and in the town

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop trying to expand the school and improve what already exists

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Fantastic leaders

    Administrative Assistant I (Former Employee)

    ProsYou really understand why leaders are in the positions they are in. Handle their issues head on.

    ConsDon't keep their job postings updated -_- As others have mentioned, pay is low for the area. Lacking in diversity.

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    great learning experience utilizing Oracle and SAP platforms

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexibility to work around my class schedule and ability to work remotely made this an ideal internship while attending school full time

    ConsSone of the challenges working here were accessibility to our lab while school was not in session, and the occasional updates to network servers and VPNs at inopportune times

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    Grad school is awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGet paid a lot to grade papers. Get to do cutting edge research. Build connections with some of the smartest people in the world. The hours aren't that bad if you get the right advisor.

    ConsYou have to grade a lot of papers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great school

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) State College, PA

    Proshuge alum. network
    great place to do your research work

    Conssmall town, basically in the middle of nowhere. far away from big cities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great resources available

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) State College, PA

    ProsWorking as a GRA at Penn State is very dependent on your boss in the day-to-day stuff but in general the Food Science Department is very supportive of all students and it feels like they really want you to succeed. There are a lot of great resources available for you whether its specialized equipment you want to use or leaders in the field that you want to talk to. Also, the graduate health insurance at PSU is exceptional!

    ConsWorking at a Research One university can be tough on graduate students because the expectations are high. I think its pretty typical that graduate students are expected to work hard but especially at a university with this type of exposure, a lot of the faculty members expect a lot of work. As with the day-to-day expectations, it mostly depends on your boss how hours, scheduling, and office culture are handled.

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    Fantastic. Great People, Great environment.

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) State College, PA

    ProsGreat bosses. Fun jobs. Learn a lot of new things. Get a lot of training.

    ConsLow pay. Max of 20 hours a week for students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay us more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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