University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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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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  1. Research Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

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

    Pros

    Good Company for an Entry-level positions. Good Benefits.

    Cons

    Boring and repetitive job. Not good management from supervisors.

    Advice to Management

    Don't Micromanage.

  2. Undergraduate

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teachers, great classes, great people

    Cons

    Often very high pressure environment and long work hours

  3. Penn a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working for a premier University, great location, interesting and meaningful work

    Cons

    Large complex organization sometimes mired in bureaucracy and over-abundance of committees and meetings

    Advice to Management

    Provide better coaching and 360 degree evaluation of sr. leaders on routine basis. Value moral and team spirit as much as cost cutting. When you hire smart good people, get out their way enough to let them do their jobs

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  5. BGS Gradaute Student

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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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay for a graduate student

    Cons

    Graduate student pay is still low

  6. ID

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time

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

    Pros

    I'm happy to work here, the office environment has been tremendous, and I look forward to working here for many years to come! Keep doing well Penn!

    Cons

    I do not have any cons. It has been a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management.

  7. patient service manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    busy from patients around the world

    Cons

    kitchen disorganized stafff unionlizerd staff runs kitchen

  8. Penn is decent to its postdocs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    good career services resources, good seminar series, cost of living is pretty low

    Cons

    No transit discounts, post doc association is weak

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic to us about chances at an academic career

  9. Research Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

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

    Pros

    good benefit, good training, good people

    Cons

    can be boring once the work become routine

  10. Postdoctoral Research Associate

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great scientific community with immense resources.

    Cons

    Work environment for postdocs is stifling in certain labs.

    Advice to Management

    Please extend the HR policies to cover up for the postdocs.

  11. Teaching Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

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

    Pros

    Freedom to do your own thing. Ability to learn and grow and help students understand material. Flexible timeline when it comes to grading assignments.

    Cons

    Grading exams and long hours when crunch time came and work needed to be done. Limited pay, and sometimes resources were not available to facilitate tutoring and feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage assistants to engage with their peers as this experience benefits both parties involved and creates a better educational experience

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