Penn State University Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Administrative Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Support Coordinator in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Educational benefits are exceptional here.

    Cons

    Lower Salary and health care not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Reward people for their work on an individual basis.

  2. warren commons cashier

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    Former Employee - Warren Commons Cashier in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Warren Commons Cashier in State College, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was very good for just ringing people out for food. Management was very understandable with scheduling. The staff was very friendly. Co-workers were fun and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Most of the staff are college age, so college attitudes and drama come along with it sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Concentrate more time on the employees, college age or not, that are doing well and work as a team.

  3. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    being a major public university, there is lot of opportunity to get updated with all latest research work as well as get involved in various outdoor activities and clubs

    Cons

    lot of things going on at the same time... you really cant get involved in everything and need to choose which one you want to be

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  5. Postdoctoral fellow

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in State College, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This job is very flexible

    Cons

    However, the salary is pretty low.

    Advice to Management

    good job

  6. Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Consultant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Part Time Consultant in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University

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

    Pros

    Its awesome to be here

    Cons

    Sometimes get very competitive here

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent

  7. Department Assistant

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support Assistant in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Support Assistant in State College, PA

    I worked at Penn State University

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

    Pros

    I was able to acquire more responsibilities that related to my skills; I was not limited to what the last person in my position was capable of. My coworkers were friendly and I looked forward to seeing them every day. I had my own office and a good benefits package. Penn State contributed to my retirement fund while I was there, and I was able to keep my fund after leaving.

    Cons

    The school is so huge, sometimes it feels like you don't make a difference. But if you get involved on committees it helps.
    This isn't about my job in particular, but about the town:
    It gets so cold in State College, and there are of course college students everywhere. Not a great town for cuisine, but there are some good finds.

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed the activities our department took together-- I would recommend this for any department.

  8. Penn state university is a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in University Park, PA
    Former Employee - Lifeguard in University Park, PA

    I worked at Penn State University part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Make friends
    Work around classes
    Make extra cash

    Cons

    Early 6am shifts
    Late night shifts until midnight

    Advice to Management

    Give raises.

  9. Law Enforcement Training Specialist

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Law Enforcement Training Specialist in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Law Enforcement Training Specialist in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working conditions. Large campus, lots of interaction

    Cons

    Few perks that don't have a price tag attached.

  10. Excellent benefits and work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University

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

    Pros

    Healthcare benefits, retirement package, vacation, and tuition discounts are fantastic. Most people are great to work with, and the community is vibrant and family friendly.

    Cons

    Pay is not as high because of the generous benefits package.

  11. What research at Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory is like for undergraduate engineering students.

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    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Assistant in State College, PA

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

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

    Pros

    They will fill whatever free-time you can provide them with, but they never really push work on you because they know school must come first. You can get exposed to some really great projects and work with some really smart people.

    Cons

    There is a lot of vagueness especially if you are doing anything that is cutting edge. People will try to get you to do things they don't understand and it can be very confusing and time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Be more specific.
    Even though you are probably smarter and more experienced than an undergraduate student please be willing to hear them out completely. Sometimes Phds are wrong too.

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