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Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
308 Reviews
3.9
308 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance and not overly demanding, but high results (in 14 reviews)

  • Great place to share ideas with others in different departments (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are unfamiliar with the area, it is in what many would consider 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.  

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    flexible hours, interesting work, independent work, given own project to lead, good work environment, some training, lots of help available, good stepping stone

    Cons

    there is not a lot of direction given for projects, quick start to projects with little background information on the work required

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please provide more training to undergraduate students, the focus is currently heavily on the graduate program and other students are often overlooked for help

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great opportunity

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    Former Employee - Telefundraiser in University Park, PA
    Former Employee - Telefundraiser in University Park, PA

    I worked at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    -Great opportunity to gain valuable experience in communications, sales, negotiation, and overcoming rejection.
    -Fun work environment
    -Great co-workers
    -commissions/bonus

    Cons

    -Can be stressful at home (but it is a call center so what do you expect?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    College town nice to live

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    Quiet and safe town. Living easy.

    Cons

    Not very convenient for go out of town. Two hours for nearest city.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Very flexible schedule for a college student. good opportunity to move up.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Altoona, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Altoona, PA

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

    Pros

    Very simple work, friendly people, good management. I love working here i would highly recommend it.

    Cons

    not many, higher pay would be good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    As an undergraduate researcher, I was provided training directly related to my major. The student pay was excellent as well as the flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Not many cons to share. As a student, I was not directly involved with benefits, culture, work-life balance to make a fair assessment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Love working here!

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    Current Employee - ITS Lab Supervisor in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - ITS Lab Supervisor in University Park, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great environment, lots of perks to being a staff member here.

    Cons

    Working with college students can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None this place is grat!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Malvern, PA

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

    Pros

    This is a part-time research assistant which will help me to enrich experience and gain a lot of exposure to research.

    Cons

    It isn't a full time. :-)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great if you're full time, horrible if part time.

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    Current Employee - Library Assistant in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Library Assistant in University Park, PA

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

    Pros

    Working with the students is great and very satisfying, you really feel like you are making a difference to them by working here. There are a lot of varied job opportunities for faculty and staff.

    Cons

    As a part time worker, they love to claim advancement from within is common but I've found that if you want a full time job here you're much better off being from outside because they never promote from within. Leadership, especially managerial and supervisory level is poor at best and there's a culture that encourages no change from within. There is very definite discrimination against the part time people. There are no benefits at all for the part time workers, not even a discount for classes which I've never experienced at a college before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A lot of the dead weight in lower and middle management needs to be culled. More promotions from within need to be encouraged. Some benefits, even pro-rated, for part-timers needs to be implemented. A 75% discount on classes for full-timers and nothing at all for part-time workers is not a real benefit since classes still cost about two thousand for a full time employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Happy Valley is Great!

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    Great Environment, great place to live

    Cons

    State college sometimes is boring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Working for the ITS Consulting group at PSU was great!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ITS Lab Consultant in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - ITS Lab Consultant in University Park, PA

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

    Pros

    The staff was very kind and did not run into many troubles when helping others. You get to schedule your work hours however you want, if it is available. So there are always work arounds.

    Cons

    You need to be patient sometimes, which is normal, but it can be frustrating sometimes. And even though scheduling your hours can be great, that can be frustrating as well, but it's nothing that can't be handled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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