Penn State University Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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  1. Great science but is too cut throat

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in University Park, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources. Well-equipped centers and labs. Collaborations. Knowledgable and helpful staff. Good students. The University is always renovating something.

    Cons

    You are often forced to work extra hard, overtime (as a grad student and a postdoc). School is very competitive even within the school.

    Advice to Management

    Some professors do not deserve to be in school. If people leave a lab on s regular basis, it should ring a bell to you.


  2. Administrative Support Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits, flexibility, and two weeks off for Christmas

    Cons

    Promotions are dictated by who you know.

    Advice to Management

    be more open minded


  3. Graduate Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in State College, PA

    I worked at Penn State University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent academic environment Nice and safe city

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on football Away from big cities


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  5. Grad Student

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to do multi-disciplinary research.

    Cons

    There are too many undergrads.


  6. The Mix Employee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    Discount meal included with every shift, work was easy, quick training to floor turnover, close distance to where I was living

    Cons

    2-3 hour shifts, shifts not flexible for switching, not long enough shifts to be worth the paycheck, never met any of my senior managers


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    Project Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great work / life balance and benefits. (Benefits on a downward trend.)

    Cons

    Having trouble adopting industry standards and best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, develop the talent you want, change the culture of political correctness and secrecy.


  8. facilities supervisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Facilities Management in Walker, PA
    Former Employee - Facilities Management in Walker, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Penn State University full-time

    Pros

    PSU is a stable work environment . Benefits are great. Continuing educational programs are available

    Cons

    PSU is so politically correct that true innovation or even glacial improvement is impossible . Divisions like the Office of Physical Plant are inefficient oligarchies run by empire builders not concerned about the big picture

    Advice to Management

    Management still operates in the same mode as the Sandusky era. the number one priority is to protect the brand at all costs!


  9. Post Doctoral Scholar

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Post Doc in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Post Doc in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very good facilities, great place to work. State College is a nice town to live.

    Cons

    Salary is very less. Limited opportunities for personal development


  10. Penn State Engineering Teaching Assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay is OK, and the work you need to do depends entirely on the professor. Therefore since the professor treated me well, i found the job to be nice.

    Cons

    It's just a part time teaching assistant job. I don't think there is any particular cons of this job.


  11. Global Programs

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in University Park, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Penn State University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits (health and dental, retirement, vacation/sick days) with an exceptional purpose.

    Cons

    Inflexible and short sighted leadership unwilling to negotiated fair or decent wages with employees; promotions based on nepotism; unfriendly and negative atmosphere; most employees fearful of reporting unethical behavior due to potential negative recourse.



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