Penn State University Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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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. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great and nice place to work for. Pleasant and inspiring working environment. I am working with IB chair and she is just the best moss that I have ever had.

    Cons

    There is nothing to say, because everything is just wonderful.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  2. 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.

  3. Graduate Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule and full of challenges

    Cons

    Limited career opportunities and lack of diversity

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  5. Awesome place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    People and job are challenging

    Cons

    Decisions take a long time

  6. Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    I gain valuable teaching experience and create good bonding with my students. Great leadership and trouble-shooting training from teaching a lab course.

    Cons

    Salary is slightly lower than what some other universities pay but still good enough for living.

  7. Graduate Research Assistent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    With my position the tuition was included in my stipend. I was able to obtain a doctoral degree with minimal debt.

    Cons

    The pay is not exceptionally great, be prepared to look for a roommate as the rent near the university is very high

    Advice to Management

    I have none to give, I am pleased with my time here. They have been very helpful to me and the support staff has been most accommodating.

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

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    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. graduate assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    good working and living environments.

    Cons

    traffic is not convenient on campus. Parking is far away from the main campus

  10. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    research expertise, management and learning

    Cons

    Might get too involved working on research projects, other that that, everything is great.

  11. Too much stress

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

    I worked at Penn State University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, community, and environment. Also, the technology and student support is great. Area is very nice and liveable

    Cons

    Too much stress, and work pressure. Needed to stay on top of deadlines at all times. Also, not many holidays and snow days, even when the weather was bad,

    Advice to Management

    None

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