University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann
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Pros
  • Great culture and work life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a fun environment (in 27 reviews)

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

  • low salary, low chance for promotion (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Project manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great career advice, help and mentoring. Allows a lot of independent thinking. Very supportive of their staff.

    Cons

    lower pay due to academia


  2. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Audiovisual Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Audiovisual Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very accepting staff. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Sub par compensation. A little boring


  3. Great Resources too much competetion

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have all the resources you can ever imagine to complete your research in field of Immunology. It is one of the best place to work in this field as you have access to advise, suggestions and collaborations of very intelligent scientific community in the field of Immunology

    Cons

    As this University does cuttig edge research, becomes quite stressful at times as you need to perform at your best and as fast as you can. As a post doc with family and living 40 miles away from the campus, my life was tough. but some one who has no other responsibilities and research is the only goal in life then this place works best.

    Advice to Management

    They need to provide more benefits to thier employees specially health benefits


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  5. School of Medicine tech

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The university has a large amount of resources. It also is very prestigious and can advance your chances of getting into graduate or medical school.

    Cons

    Low salary, each lab differs dramatically in culture, lack of overall coherence and cooperation between labs

    Advice to Management

    There is very little HR training done for PIs or mangers. Better and mandatory centralized management training for scientists would be helpful.


  6. U. Penn

    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible and professional people; great for college students

    Cons

    Low pay for employees


  7. Very good if one is on research motive

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    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Contractor - Post Doctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is one of best knowledge creation centers. One can learn a lot from leaders around. Flexible working hours. Very good research support

    Cons

    A bit of favouritism culture but I know it varies with supervisor. No clear defined goals. Hap hazard approach towards targets.

    Advice to Management

    Clear targets must be communicated


  8. Financial Administrative Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Financial Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Financial Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and work/ life balance

    Cons

    Not great opportunity for advancement Parking is expensive


  9. Great perks

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania (More than a year)

    Pros

    The University offers some of the best perks out there, from vacation time to having the week in between Christmas and New Year's off. While the cost of healthcare is kind of high, I never had to pay for anything, really.

    Cons

    Much like any other big company, there are a lot of cliques and it's quite often who you know.


  10. Data Analyst

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Research is generally permitted

    Cons

    No room for career advancement. Did not get a raise in 3 years despite getting a 4.5/5 performance evaluation and working a ton of OT. Tuition is only covered for employees who go to Penn.

    Advice to Management

    It REALLY depends on your PI. In my case, don't treat adults like children.


  11. Senior Programmer

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in the workplace. where and when you get your work done is the best I have experienced. The quality of people who work here is way above average. The empahasis and support for continuing your education is real.

    Cons

    The salary is not corporate competitive. Surrounding corporate companies in the area generally pay more but the stress at those jobs is also much higher.

    Advice to Management

    Right now, 8/2015, the central service computer organization. ISC, is being restructured and redefined. It will be another year or two before all is table again.



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