Penn State University Reviews in Pennsylvania

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
374 Reviews

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374 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Research Associate

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

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A lot of work, smart students.

    Cons

    Small college town, not much life here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    depends on supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Traditional university setting

    Former Employee - Non-tenure Track Faculty  in  State College, PA
    Former Employee - Non-tenure Track Faculty in State College, PA

    I worked at Penn State University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Scenic location, pride, resources, competent and generally nice students

    Cons

    Many students drink too much and disrespect locals; not many dual career couples compared to other places

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for non-tenure track faculty contributions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great couldn't have been better

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    Former Employee - IT Service Desk Assistant  in  Lemont Furnace, PA
    Former Employee - IT Service Desk Assistant in Lemont Furnace, PA

    I worked at Penn State University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great boss, excellent co-workers and environment; nice people around!

    Cons

    sometimes can be overwhelming during exams weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the hard work..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work for students.

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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 part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Working part time at Penn State as a student is a wonderful experience. Managers/higher ups are totally flexible with your weekly course schedule and are always understanding during midterms/finals/other exams.

    While I cannot speak specifically to the department I work in given its small size, the challenges I'm presented with are interesting and require thought to solve. The work I'm doing now is directly translatable to my major choice.

    Cons

    The largest downside is there has been a great deal of restructuring of the department I work in over the last 12 months. The transition from one division to another division of the university has been completed though, so this coming semester should not have nearly as many meetings as the previous did.

    I definitely would not work here after college ended though. There simply is not enough room for career development in my field here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really don't have anything to add. You're already doing a great job for the area that I'm in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Culinary Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Great Job. Really flexible hours and a great staff. Love working there and everyone is super friendly. I would recommend anyone to work there.

    Cons

    The dining hall is struggling to maintain staff so this is a little concerning. It makes it tough to switch a shift if you need to unless you tell them ahead of time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An interesting place to work (Research)

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    Former Employee - Research Technologist I  in  University Park, PA
    Former Employee - Research Technologist I in University Park, PA

    I worked at Penn State University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of interdisciplinary minds and projects. Very intellectually stimulating environment.

    Cons

    Typical shortcomings of most academic labs - outdated documentation, not many standardized operating protocols, high student turnover, low salary, large work hour demand, hard to not be consumed by your work. Not much else to do in the town so work = life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy Job, Low Pay

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    Current Employee - Research Technologist  in  University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Research Technologist in University Park, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Positions are very laid back and bosses are flexible.

    Cons

    Pay is low and you will not be challenged. The laid back culture promotes laziness and raises are given according to seniority instead of performance; again promoting greater laziness. Wayyy too many employees for the amount of work that needs to be done....walk around and see how many people are doing nothing vs. working. It's astonishing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the lazy staff and up the salaries of those who actually take pride in their jobs.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Beautiful Campus and good atmosphere.

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

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Small town feel, with most of the professors being laid back and accessible. Nice bus schedule. Good overall community and school pride. The summertime here is heaven.

    Cons

    Graduate health insurance just skyrocketed, and the construction seems to last an eternity. The student population can be overwhelming at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, awful leadership

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say  in  University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Say in University Park, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most of the faculty and staff are passionate about making a positive difference in the world. There are many great resources to tap into.

    Cons

    There is a lot of rot and ego in the administrative components. Everything that should be swiftly decided and addressed is done by committee. Everything that should be done by committee is done behind secret closed doors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. The management is terrible. They should be removed and the faculty and staff should develop a new set of leaders and governance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning experience

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

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great experience, guidance from prof.

    Cons

    No job growth in current position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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