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University of Pennsylvania Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
481 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent center for research and emphasis on work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Job security, great benefits, good home/work life balance, great co-workers (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • There isn't alot of room for advancement (in 6 reviews)

  • Low salary, since it is non profit, academic research, government grant funding (in 9 reviews)

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    Research Assistant Review

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Accessible professor, flexible working time

    Cons

    Unchallenging work, gets boring sometime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training/eduction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of perks with a friendly atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    People are very friendly, it's a great place to work. There are opportunities for advancement within your position. The pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Management needs some work. It has been the biggest challenge of my job. Management is very distant. Also, transferring between units is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more personal with your staff. Some management seems to feel the need to lead with an iron fist and that style doesn't always work with a group of nurses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on the department, staff and colleagues can be amazing and become your lifelong friends. Philadelphia is a great city to be in if you love the arts, design, architecture and a nice social life.

    Cons

    Salary/ wage rates sometimes seem low and medical benefits can be difficult to navigate. Some faculty and students can be rude, disrespectful and self-indulgent thereby creating that "Penn bubble" feeling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tuition benefits, medical and dental insurance, and retirement matching plans should be extended to part-time employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    good place to be

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Stipend of 24,500 for a PhD student, going up to $30,500 this year. Can make more money through TA'ing.

    Cons

    None, a great place to be!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N.A.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Penn Associate Director

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

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

    Pros

    flexible working schedule, competitive compensation, fulfilling work

    Cons

    long hours, opportunities for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A good place to carry research and institute productive collaborations

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    As a researcher Penn is a wonderful place populated by extremely smart and talented individual that are usually open to share their ideas. Collaborations within different departments is not unusual and probably one of the thing that puts this university at the top with regards to research outputs and results.

    Cons

    Sometime (often) interacting with the business offices personnel and their management can be frustrating due to slow response and lack of feedback on matters that are beyond a researcher call of duty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This is a good place to start my career

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great opportunities, cooperate with different groups of people, convenient to study while working, great supervisor, many things to learn

    Cons

    no parking... long waiting period for any administration process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve all application paces... If you need to apply for anything, it takes forever to get approved..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I have a nice experience in University of Pennsylvania

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good research environment; diverse culture.

    Cons

    Fast speed; really competitive; sometimes too much pressure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Demoralizing as a result of my unit

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    Current Employee - Director A in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Director A in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    These are generally very cushy jobs- Penn is a bloated bureaucracy with limited accountability

    Cons

    Rampant hypocrisy and rule bending, petty colleagues, low productivity or meaningful advancement opportunities. People in non-faculty jobs are in a different caste.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lower Salaries, Great Benefits. All departments are different.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    If you live nearby it is wonderful. Tuition. A shuttle that runs around West Philadelphia and in toward center city. I love their gym.

    Cons

    Everyone i know has a different experience. It all depends on your department. I was at the school of medicine and I never want to work there again.
    Interview them as they interview you. You don't get paid enough to be in an unhealthy work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall Penn management, you seem to do well.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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