Temple University Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
158 Reviews

3.8
158 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You're looking for a job with an excellent work/life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Tuition remission/free education (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • No advancement and a lack of communication across departments (in 3 reviews)

  • Temple is located in the bad neighborhood (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    It is good to be a student worker in Temple

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    Current Employee - Conference Assistant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Conference Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    I have been a student worker in Temple and it is all great experience. For the Conference Assistant job, each staff got free housing, a studio in the newest and tallest building in Temple University, highly flexible work time, friendly coworkers and supervisors.

    Cons

    Since the benefits are so good, cant really complain about the pay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a good place to work and plenty of opportunities to continue your education while you work

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Temple University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    As with many Universities it was a good workplace when it comes to the staff, although some of the faculty members could be difficult. Great food trucks (40+) directly on campus. Going through a period of growth and expansion

    Cons

    The surrounding area in certain directions can be dangerous to walk alone at night, though temple does have high levels of security patrolling the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more community outreach programs to the surrounding area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Worked as an adjunct

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Adjunct Professor in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Temple University as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    There were some good benefits to being at Temple. Access to vast online libraries was one.

    Cons

    As with any adjunct position, the pay was substandard and ones involvement with the department head and other instructors was almost non -existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the adjuncts feel more like they're a part of the University, not just a vendor coming in and out to perform a task.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist Pulmonary  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist Pulmonary in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good colleagues,good benefits if you work full time.

    Cons

    Too much work, no over time. No equal distribution of work. No performance based bonuses or raises. Unexpected lay offs and short notices, incompetent management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are expecting professional development surveys to be completed, make use of them or stop wasting everyone's time. I had above average or exceeds expectations ratings fr each year but no bonus or incentive. Why should I be working hard if underperforming staff get paid the same for doing half the work just because they have been there longer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist, Senior  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist, Senior in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Temple University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Less stressful than my former "corporate" job. My co-workers are great. The benefits are really good. Schedules can be flexible on occasion if needed.

    Cons

    Salaries are not as high as the for profit world (but the benefits are outstanding). They charge employees to park in the university owned lots & garages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Good Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Temple University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Benefits are very good and the jobs for the most part are secure once you have it. There is something of a family atmosphere university wide reflected in the significant numbers of long-time employees.

    Cons

    Compensation is low as it's a non-profit organization. The opportunities for advancement are stifled once you leave the lower echelons due to the low turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be nice if some overly rigid HR policies were relaxed a bit. Several -- like the inability to take more than six sick days a year even though we earn more than that -- seem to have been put in place in response to a few abusers. The way to handle the few abusers is to deal with them individually, not restrict the entire workforce. If it's a union contract thing, then fix it at the net negotiations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Can you spell nepotism? Unprofessional? Intimidation? You're already overqualified.

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Temple University as a contractor for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I must enter at least 5 words - done

    Cons

    Upward mobility, and even job stability, strangled by (b)administration, nepotism, collegial pettiness fueled by (b)administrative provocation / incompetence, etc.

    Whatever you do, do NOT question ANYTHING or you'll be labeled a troublemaker and ever-so-(in)directly be "reduced". No warning, guilty without even the opportunity to prove otherwise - the students, and their whims, run the administrative agenda.

    Ex. - Student 'A' writes you a bad review (possibly because s/he is a lazy, snarky, spoiled rich brat who deserves to fail but knows that his/her country / family money is paramount to the administrative end-game) and the administration takes all as fact = you will be reduced in pay (hours worked) until you are forced to find another job(s). Advice? Do it. The quicker the better.

    Want to be an outstanding . . . anything? Don't choose Temple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why are you so insecure as to not want to reach higher? Learn the true meaning of educational LEADERSHIP, not intimidation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good People

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    Current Employee - Graphic Design  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graphic Design in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Temple University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The office environment is a great way to gain experience working in collaboration with others, meeting deadlines and being as efficient as possible. Everyone is a very welcoming and friendly, at least in my office, and most importantly value my work. The assignments come slow but are easy for the most part. The balance between school and work is absolutely manageable and a great way to supplement some expenses.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough work to the point where coming in is almost a waste of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Your satisfaction will depend on what you're looking for.

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    Current Employee - Media Services  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Media Services in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Temple is a great place if:
    - You value health insurance above salary
    - You want your kids to (eventually) attend Temple
    - You want to earn an advanced degree
    - You're looking for a more laid-back atmosphere
    - You're looking for a job with an excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    Temple is a non-profit higher education facility, so it's not great for:
    - Climbing the corporate ladder
    - Earning performance bonuses, promotions, or raises
    - Working on innovative products and pushing the envelope.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Institutional Advancement

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    Current Employee - Research Analyst  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Temple University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Research staff and colleagues are great.

    Cons

    Location is difficult for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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