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University of Pennsylvania Health System Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
70 Reviews
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University of Pennsylvania Health System CEO Ralph W. Muller
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Benefits such as furthering your education (in 5 reviews)

  • Stable employment, great work-life balance, nice people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Behind the scenes issues, CCA Senior management, much more restrictions than other entities (in 2 reviews)

  • there are alot of politics that go on (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    They set the ideal for a challenging and rewarding career in medicine. I left to move 200 miles away for family reasons.

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    Former Employee - Medical Staff HUP in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Medical Staff HUP in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Daily multidisciplinary rounds keep communication between all departments clear and optimize patient care. Dedicated long term nursing staff are committed to the patient's goals. Colleagues in subspecialties available in the click of a text to assist in a patient's good outcome.

    Cons

    Generous time off, but you really had to arrange your own coverage. Definitely consider living within a bike ride to avoid a grinding commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would Webinar department and staff meetings so that those covering a shift might hear in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved the people/Hated the Position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Supervisor/Manager
    Cool people to work with
    Entertaining place to work
    Always fun
    If I went to work and didnt have money for lunch that day, my coworkers fed me. Thats how we treated each other. Everyone has everyones back.

    Cons

    Everyone is friends with everyone so expect alot of cattiness
    HUP HR never lets you transfer
    Lazy staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys have to tighten up on your staff. Certain areas lack professionalism. Give employees credit where credit is due. No one wants to work themselves to the bone and never be told how good of a job they're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Research Fellow Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania Health System

    Pros

    High degree of camaraderie
    Welcoming of new ideas
    Progressive environment

    Cons

    Difficulties with mentorship in some instances

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Minimally good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania Health System

    Pros

    Benefits are good if you have children

    Cons

    Some older staff are stagnant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty good as a part time job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania Health System

    Pros

    Pretty easy job and good benefits. Work can be stressful due to the urban environment.

    Cons

    Management doesn't really seem to care too much about the employees. Since the health system is expanding and departments are being moved in their entirety, some buildings aren't given as much attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do research into problems that affect visitors on a daily basis and fix them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Terrible Treatment of Staff

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    1. Stability
    2. Most staff are very nice as are most physicians

    Cons

    1. There is no accountability of mid to upper management-they can do no wrong

    2. Human Resources will not investigate mid to upper management and complaints on managerial behavior (or any other complaints) will go ignored and in some cases, covered up.

    3. Expect to be written up for being 1 minute late-in defiance of HUPs own punch-in policies and state law.

    4. Expect to work through lunch breaks or be written up for not completing tasks.

    5. Management does not value staff. Their attitude is "you are lucky to work here, if you don't like it, leave".

    6. If you cross management, they will find a way to either a. make your work days miserable enough to want to resign, or b. force you out through inventing rule violations and utilize "progressive step" write ups to dismiss you. Complaints are futile. HR is a joke.

    7. Although this employer advertises their "generous sick days and time off", they are severely restricted in practice.

    8. If you call in sick the day before or after a Holiday, this employer will not pay you for your Holiday.

    9. Management does not communicate HUP policies and department polices to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go to church. Learn some values on how to treat people, let alone employees. Since by human experience you will not do this, resign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A very friendly environment. Perfect balance of work and play. Excellent benefits and tuition reimbursement. Many options for career advancement.

    Cons

    Low salary, little to no parking available without paying an extreme amount out of pocket.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A good experience overall, divided leadership in my division made things challenging at times

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    Current Employee - R&D Staff for Hospital Department in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - R&D Staff for Hospital Department in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania Health System full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Smart, dedicated people
    -Each department/division has high impact/innovative projects - it is important for individuals to actively seek these projects if they want to advance their career
    -Intense but in a way that fosters dedication

    Cons

    -Politics - tensions run high in certain divisions, higher than I have seen at many other places
    -Like all academic institutions, processes often run slow
    -Very difficult to climb to a high position without very impressive educational credentials - this is both a strength and a weakness (pedigree can be over-emphasized)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior managers that don't "get it" should be re-assigned or let go. Having a senior management comprised of one group who "gets it" and one that doesn't is a poor strategy for success. If you are in a fast-moving field, you need to stay up to date with your skills and knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lab Tech

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    Former Contractor - Medical Laboratory Technologist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Medical Laboratory Technologist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania Health System as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, nice community atmosphere, great pathologist, great health system, great health community

    Cons

    Inconsistent middle management, not as much room for growth in that particular department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good learning environment.Tuition reimbursement and lots of opportunities to publish and build your resume

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania Health System full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Network with best in the research field.
    Ample funding opportunities
    Work environment was very friendly

    Cons

    Training could have been a little more rigorous.
    Would have also preferred more one-on-one time with my mentor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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