University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Van Pelt Library Front Desk Work-Study

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Front Desk Attendant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Front Desk Attendant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    occasional down-time, flexible hours, nice management

    Cons

    low pay, extremely short shifts (sometimes one-hour)

    Advice to Management

    raise pay to increase employee satisfaction


  2. Helpful (1)

    Research Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health benefits are good; research support and collaborations are excellent; lateral move is easy

    Cons

    parking is a huge problem, administrative staff while helpful are so overloaded that most work got delegated to labs doing self-reporting

    Advice to Management

    Please make English the official language; make it mandatory to record and communicate in English


  3. Helpful (1)

    Employer of Choice

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Phila, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits (health, tuition, pto/sick time etc.) good work/life balance, semi-flexible work schedule, good location, awesome colleagues and gifted faculty.

    Cons

    definite lower salary than corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Find more ways to show appreciation to staff who go that extra mile.


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  5. One of the best places to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work -life balance is very much emphasized. Good insurance and vacation time.

    Cons

    depends upon the group you get into!

    Advice to Management

    overall a good management.


  6. Clinical Research Coordinator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator B in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator B in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    University of Penn has an amazing tuition benefit for it's full-time employees - University covers two classes per semester. Benefit covers everything but taxes.

    Cons

    University of Penn has a lot of old, bureaucratic rules that are outdated. Also, employee internet access is excessively filtered.


  7. Nurse

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse II in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working At Pennsylvania hospital has allowed me to grow as a nurse they provide their staff with Support, teamwork, chances for professional development, they Also are supportive of furthering education.

    Cons

    At times I felt like my department could be political...truly there Are not many cons working for penn medicine they Are the Beat of the best


  8. Nice place to get a PhD

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, lots of great labs, well run graduate programs

    Cons

    No cons specific to Penn


  9. Nice working atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perception of making actual difference in the field you are working in.
    A lot of hands on experience and great upper management.
    Learning opportunities are virtually limitless (though the payment for taxes for the courses are bit of a dud which should be addressed by HR)
    Excellent benefits (healthcare, retirement, time off, etc. are among the best in the market)

    Cons

    Salary is on the lower side (raise of 2% is slightly higher than the current inflation rate but is still way below par WRT to market)
    Tuition benefits are only to a maximum of USD 5000 per semester for graduate courses, which is nothing. HR should amend this rule to at least one course per semester

    Advice to Management

    Continue with great work environment with some changes in HR policies and you will be *the* place to work for.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mostly good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Academic Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Academic Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    1)"free" tuition - discussed more in cons below, but who can argue with a degree at Penn.
    2) Just working for Penn is prestigious and people are impressed by it.
    3) You won't find much better benefits elsewhere. VERY generous time off, many paid holidays - I would say about 5 weeks a year are paid time off.
    4) laid back environment - many positions are a little more laid back than industry.

    Cons

    1)"free" tuition actually costs you money - You only get the first 5500 in graduate tuition free, then you have to pay a 35% tax on the rest, some of which you get back at tax time. It sounds great, until you realize that each class is 5500+ and that you have to pay about 2000 per class just in taxes. You could just pay for school at another institution for what you pay in taxes for classes.
    2) It can be hard to find classes that fit around your schedule.
    3) Many people seem to do the LPS program, which seems to basically be a shadow program for employees to take. It gives the Penn name, but it's not really the same as a real academic program in my opinion. You should really apply for a real program in a school there.
    4) I work in the medical school - if you aren't a MD or faculty, be prepared to be a 2nd class citizen in all ways. Even PhDs are seen as lesser people.
    5) The school may have 12 billion dollars in endowment, and the MD school may have received a 250 million dollar gift from a single person, and they might be building a million buildings all the time, but come raise time, get ready for them to talk about how they don't have much money this year. Most of the time my department wanted to give me more money, but the school restricts it. A 2.5% raise doesn't even beat inflation, so you are making less each year.
    6) If you want to advance, you really need to apply for a different job in the university. Positions don't grow very much here compared to industry.
    7) not much negotiation for salary.

    Advice to Management

    Give individual depts/programs more autonomy with HR functions, especially if they are grant funded and/or fairly wealthy.


  11. Helpful (1)

    IT - ISC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Cherry Hill, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Cherry Hill, NJ

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great benefits
    work life balance
    flex work schedule

    Cons

    politics
    hard to move up
    old buildings



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