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Penn State University Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
384 Reviews
3.9
384 Reviews
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Penn State University President Rodney A. Erickson
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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.  

    Pennsylvania State Fitness Attendant

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    Former Employee - Fitness Attendant  in  State College, PA
    Former Employee - Fitness Attendant in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    Meet and interact with new people
    Great supervisors
    Lenient on scheduling

    Cons

    Working away football game saturdays

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This job is for a student of the university and is a great job that allows you to do homework or any other things you need to accomplish

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    Work is quite intense and you grow fast

    Cons

    None at this time. Academic culture is great.

  3.  

    Teaching Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Large campus. The place is safe to live. Great environment for international students. People are willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Even it varies based on department, maybe you will not have time to take break from research. The professors can be demanding.

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    It's a good chance to learn here, you can know smart and hard-working people which might be great experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time

    Pros

    People here are nice to each other. The culture is diversified.

    Cons

    It's a small town, you need to arrange your life well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    University can provide more technical training and more work opportunities to people.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexibility, upward mobility, and impeccable organization

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    Current Employee - Lab Consultant  in  State College, PA
    Current Employee - Lab Consultant in State College, PA

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    - The management at ITS understand that you're a college student. Inform them long in advance of an exam conflict or next-day assignment, and they'll be happy to let you off.
    - Getting promoted in Lab Consulting is always an option, if you want the extra commitment. A promotion really is a promotion, too; you become closer to the managers, and begin earning an extremely respectable hourly rate (for a college student).
    - The organization is held together via their Drupal site. Nearly everything is done through the website, and it keeps everything moving super smoothly.

    Cons

    - The management and supervisors can seem to take themselves too seriously. ITS manages the computer labs on campus, but often times it feels like being part of a military organization. For some, this might be bad. I didn't mind it so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand! There seems to be so much wasted potential. More labs, or more services under the ITS wing. I know the Knowledge Commons desk in the Library was just absorbed - that's exactly what I mean!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good place to work for if you like small towns where you will end up knowing many people

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    Current Employee - Wage Payroll Assistant  in  University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Wage Payroll Assistant in University Park, PA

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

    Pros

    Short commute to work, decent public transport system, walking friendly campus with many food options close to work place. Several health/fitness options to choose and try out both as part time as well as full time employee or as student earlier.

    Cons

    Lot of bureaucracy in everything, Very slow and resistant to change in operating procedures, very hierarchical systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency with long term policy decisions is the way to go, make Penn State a leader in the society, not just the Centra PA society

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good for study but bad for finding a job

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    Current Employee - PhD Student  in  State College, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    good environment, small peaceful town, international student friendly

    Cons

    very hard to find a good job, nothing much to do, Global Connection often process the document late

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great to work for!

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    Current Employee - Research Administrative Assistant  in  University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Research Administrative Assistant in University Park, PA

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

    Pros

    Faculty always easy to get along with and very helpful.
    Good Benefits and easy navigation for HR logistics
    Area shopping and restaurants greatly improving

    Cons

    Location
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    Compensation for this position was pre-determined and no room for negotiation as it was a work-study position

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  State College, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    Great School and education. Good faculty

    Cons

    Not a good football team

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good University to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    Beautiful campus with a lot of talents

    Cons

    Small town, easy to bore

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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