Penn State University Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Pros
  • Nice work-life balance, relaxed environment (in 14 reviews)

  • The ITS department at Penn State is a great place to work (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • A place in the middle of nowhere (in 11 reviews)

  • It's a small town, you need to arrange your life well (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Post Doctoral Scholar

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Doc in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Post Doc in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good facilities, great place to work. State College is a nice town to live.

    Cons

    Salary is very less. Limited opportunities for personal development


  2. Orientation Leader

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, PA

    I worked at Penn State University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay for the average 18-20 yr old student, great student interactive experience, gaining leadership skills, positive feelings of accomplishment once you realize how much of an influence you are on a younger crowd

    Cons

    You will be working in some intense heat, other than that, there honestly aren't any cons


  3. Research Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, PA

    I worked at Penn State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great University Research Center and Collegiate Environment

    Cons

    University Research Center...advancement chances are slow.


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  5. Instructional Design

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros about working for Penn State University: Steady work environment, great people, wonderful benefits, standard hours, low-stress

    Cons

    Cons about working for Penn State University: Salary is much lower than average, many projects are a "fire drill" for completion, too many people have a direct say in final products, not an environment where people say "no" which makes project completion a problem. "Trying to please everyone" is not a good work method

    Advice to Management

    New senior management needs to be brought into the university. Too many "old school" thinkers that focus more on "butts-in-chairs" in an office environment other than quality of work. Forward thinking needs to be a must.


  6. Administrative Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Assistant II in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Assistant II in University Park, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for growth, access to professional development, discount on education

    Cons

    Salary structure could use some improvement


  7. Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

    Former Employee - Undergraduate Tutor in Telford, PA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Tutor in Telford, PA

    I worked at Penn State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Simply the best place to work!

    Cons

    I did not receive enough hours.

    Advice to Management

    Give more hours.


  8. academic community

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a great community within campuses

    Cons

    limited opportuinities to interact with other regional universities


  9. PhD student

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in State College, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in State College, PA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great biotech facilities right across the street from my building!!!

    Cons

    Central PA is a very special place, depending on the weather. If you thought doing a PhD was depressing, try doing it during brutal winters.


  10. IT Service Desk

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ITS Service Help Desk Consultant Supervisor in Bellefonte, PA
    Current Employee - ITS Service Help Desk Consultant Supervisor in Bellefonte, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Access to many benefits.
    Access to many sources.
    Great entry level IT job.
    The best job for students studying IT fields at Penn State.

    Cons

    Pay does not match up to knowledge and work that is conducted.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. PSU

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in State College, PA
    Current Employee - IT Specialist in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A great professional learning environment. Pay is decent for the area.

    Cons

    While they will pay for job related training they would t seem to go the extra step of getting you certification.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employee growth.



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