Thomas Jefferson University

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Thomas Jefferson University Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
53 Reviews
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Pros
  • Location, ease of access via public transportation, breadth of technologies used/exposed to (in 7 reviews)

  • A great place to work and move through the company (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • low salaries, rude people, poor management (in 3 reviews)

  • No communication with upper management (in 3 reviews)

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    TJU

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    Current Employee - TJU in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - TJU in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good life work balance, intelligent and creative work associates from all over the world, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Low pay, difficult to advance career

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work once you get set in the system

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge of biomedical and clinical research, visionary top management, lot of great colleagues, highly reputed institution, opportunities to work on key clinical problems

    Cons

    Burdensome administrative procedures, things move slowly and hence takes too much time to effect big changes, information technology services is not up to the latest capabilities, conventional mentality in evaluation for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get the middle management to make decisions quickly and transparently. Let the competitive zeal of young faculty and students flow unfettered rather than burdening them with a long list of procedures and conventions to get even basic things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It was a good ride part of the way

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    Current Employee - Senior Member in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Member in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    A lot of fantastic and caring colleagues, especially among clinicians and staff. Fantastic medical school. Great NCI-designated cancer center.

    Cons

    Deep problems at leadership level for the past decade (and possibly before) with power silos at constant war. New President is inspirational but will have his hands full with ingrained leadership dysfunctions that hamper real progress. Top-down salary-reduction plan based on retroactive performance metrics is demoralizing and will hinder recruitment and retention of faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in a careful analysis of the leadership qualities and personality analysis of senior leadership - there must be a way to identify the dysfunctional elements - and then move those individuals gracefully on. Focus on hiring leaders who serve themselves by making Jefferson a winning institution, not leaders who just serve themselves and operate by yester-centennial principles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to learn, but with considerable space for improvement.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    An exciting clinical environment, a lot to learn and to do.

    Cons

    Low salary, less than perfect organization. Some postdocs are treated like animal feeders, the supervisor make them stay in the lab for 15 hours. There is also other people that are rude and arrogant. Yet they are precious to the bosses for their loyalty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Generally OK

    Current Employee - Clinical Coordinator for MRI Program Jchp in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Coordinator for MRI Program Jchp in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love the department I work in

    Cons

    Upper university management isn't clear about what's happening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear about what's coming up.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pros are the people. Yes, there are some crazies as anywhere else, but the good ones are some of the nicest I've ever worked with. If you don't have a degree yet, the tuition benefits are fantastic! The medical benefits and paid time off are also hard to beat.

    Cons

    Anyone I've known who has left Jefferson is making more money doing the same job somewhere else. The Boy's Club is also rampant here with white men over 55 running the show.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Graduate School is not an easy place

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    Current Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, independent work, many people to approach if you have a problem.

    Cons

    Academia is a cut throat place. Hard work is not necessarily rewarded, but laziness gets you ignored.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    expected more

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Thomas Jefferson University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The greatest pro is being on a university/hospital campus surrounded by the various team members that contribute to the flow of the company. As a research assistant, this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    There seems to be a lot of "politics." Jefferson is no exception, MDs are difficult people to work under. Also, I question the money-related research procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should not be so many barriers to proper payment for research grants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Friendly environment but underpaid

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good health benefits, normal work hours

    Cons

    low pay for technicians, low raise percentage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Top down approach, doesn't work well.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Thomas Jefferson University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some decent faculty members for research, however current policy changes are quickly driving away faculty.

    Cons

    Poor management. Top down approach, with little consideration of how policies affect individuals. Science facilities are in a mediocre condition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show respect to your employees with advanced degrees. Time sheets for PhD level scientists shows a lack of respect and trust. This type of policy will drive away good postdocs, which will in turn hurt the prestige of University faculty, who rely on postdoctoral research to fund grants and publish papers.

    Doesn't Recommend

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