University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania Reviews in Philadelphia, PA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
421 Reviews
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Pros
  • Excellent center for research and emphasis on work-life balance (in 20 reviews)

  • Great benefits (100% free tuition at Penn) (in 23 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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    teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    Supportive culture. The instructors are helpful as well as the staffs. Students are understanding. Add value to resume. Great experiences for improving presentation skills.

    Cons

    The job is very time demanding. Students are extremely sensitive on grading. Plus, the amount of grading is enormous. In my case, we had four mid-terms and a final for a class of 120 students with only two teaching assistants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Top notch professionals working passionately

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Donor Relations  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Donor Relations in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    The university of Pennsylvania is committed to a high level of education and professionalism within its staff both as teachers, administrators and professionals

    Cons

    As with any large institution, red tape can always be an issue when trying to do things in new ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recruit employees from outside the current pool of workers so you get new, efficient leadership and not just stirring up of your current employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Academic Careers

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great vacation time and benefits. If personal growth is a goal, this is a fantastic place to work.
    Great learning environment, I have learned so much in this job and have had the opportunity to work with some brilliant people.
    A lot of diversity.

    Cons

    The pay is not competitive with industry or other academic institutions. There is a lot of turnover and department switching because of this.
    The general management philosophy is that there is always room for improvement. Somehow, its never in the areas that need it the most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You'll never solve your turnover problems until you revisit compensation and performance incentives. Sometimes you can give people all "the tools for success," but the truth of the matter is that some are just lazy and need to be fired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people, great employer

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, good home/work life balance, great co-workers

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth

    Recommends
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    Master Student in CGGT program

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

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

    Pros

    A complete and well-designed schedule for fundamental theory and practice.
    A number of alumni are working in top level movie making and gaming industry.

    Cons

    The research side of this program is not very strong.
    If you are looking forward a professional life, unfortunately, the courses in this program covered a number of topics but none of them would go very deep.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Postdoc in Upenn

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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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    lots of professional guys are working here.

    Cons

    salary is low, it is the standard NIH salary for postdoc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the benefits to postdoc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Benefits for attending college.
    Not the best for support from your superiors.

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

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

    Pros

    College tuition is paid for if you need a degree.
    Undergrad is totally free.
    Grad school has a few strings attached.
    Networking potential.

    Cons

    If you aren't in good with your boss, nothing will happen for you. Even if you do your job well.
    You HAVE to know the right people.
    There are unfortunately people who are at the top who do not encourage growth because that could derail their level of comfort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage growth.
    Help those who are loyal to the company.
    Take time to get to know your employees better.
    If not monetarily, offer to assist those with training or opportunities to grow and learn more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate Student

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

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

    Pros

    Penn has a very active graduate student community, with many cross-disciplinary initiatives. In addition, my advisor has been very flexible about time off and doesn't keep track of graduate student's time, which I gather is common amongst other labs, but not always the case.

    Cons

    Difficult to address situations with one's PhD advisor. If a graduate student is in an undesirable situation in his/her lab, there doesn't seem to be a good route to take. This is endemic to nearly all PhD programs at Penn and elsewhere, but it would be nice to see bigger initiatives to address this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great research atmosphere, but...

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart minds, great research, many graduate students and post-docs, big name PIs

    Cons

    Use and abuse graduate students in some labs, false sense of future job security for graduate students and post-docs in the academic field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should inform students that non-academic careers are no longer "alternative" careers. They are the majority of post life-science PhD jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great company, bright people

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Specialist  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    brilliant co-workers
    accommodating bosses
    great holidays
    2 week winter break

    Cons

    little opportunity for advancement
    little opportunity for salary raises
    no bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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