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Penn State University Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
428 Reviews
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428 Reviews
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Penn State University President Rodney A. Erickson
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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.  

    Fantastic

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Freedom, I worked on the topics that I loved, Great working enviornment

    Cons

    None so far, everything is perfect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to do research

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in State College, PA

    I worked at Penn State University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Penn State University has a very welcoming environment to its employees. You have flexible time-off policies. The institutes function with high efficiency with minimum bureaucratism.

    Cons

    If you work as a technician, there is not many chances for promotion. The salary here is OK considering the living expense at State College.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to live and doing research

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    Many opportunity for college student and graduate student. Project may relate to your background, and a lot of fun. The living environment is wonderful, and also, it is absolutly safe in town.

    Cons

    Wages are absolutely not high, student have to spend half of their time to work and at the same time maintain a good GPA, it is not easy to balance.

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  5.  

    Good School

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Happy Valley, Kenai Peninsula, AK
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Happy Valley, Kenai Peninsula, AK

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Science Dept, my department head has been very supportive

    Cons

    None so far,, the management has been very helpgul

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing the right things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    decent place to get professional training, need self-discipline though

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    facilities are abundant
    kind colleagues
    nice mentors
    multi-discipline works
    best town to live

    Cons

    some researches are outdated
    far from any other resources
    may not be famous enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pretty good place to get trained, but need careful design of career path

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penn State University

    Pros

    Freedom to think, helps focus on what you want to do

    Cons

    Academia sucks the life out, not really needed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management, its just you and your advisor

  8.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University

    Pros

    The people I work with are great and do their jobs well.

    Cons

    Moving up in the world is a little difficult.

  9.  

    Helpful employees, exciting work

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

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work is exciting and cutting edge for engineering research positions, flexible work schedules, surrounding area is very safe with a lot to do

    Cons

    Because it is a university there is a lot of bureaucracy and red tape, environment for research can be stressful to meet unreasonable deadlines or impress sponsors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay could be better for the amount of work performed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Impressive experience during the PhD program

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    Very flexible working hours as long as you can finish the assignment or project on time. Numerous new stuffs can be learned, skills can be built up.

    Cons

    Right now it is very difficult for most of groups to get well funded. Research may not be able to focus on one direction. Lots of jobs need to be done to fight for the funding.

  11.  

    Peer Tutor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    Get to work with students and watch me grown. This job allow you to interact with other people so it a chance to meet people.

    Cons

    Since I only tutor a few subjects alot of it just repeat materials so there not much room for challenging work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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