University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
448 Reviews
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448 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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  1.  

    Great Working Community

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

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

    Pros

    Office culture is very diverse, motivational, and friendly. There are several opportunities for advancement in regards to overtime and volunteering across the campus. Also, "the other duties as assigned" section in the job description allows you to gain experience through various special projects that aren't necessarily related to one's job. The healthcare benefits are second to none and the tuition benefits allows one to receive a degree at a severely reduced rate. Lastly, there are many online as well as in person professional development programs.

    Cons

    Compensation may not be on par with other universities. Also, working with students at an ivy league institution can be challenging due to the aggressive and competitive learning environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice school

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

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

    Pros

    Strong research program.
    Good benefits, such as 401k.

    Cons

    Neighbor region was not ver safe passing 40th st.
    Commute is pain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    UPenn provides quality research experience and offers decent benefits for postdocs.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of money for research. The quality of research is really good. Postdocs are provided excellent benefit package, including health, dental, and vision insurance. Obviously the experience at UPenn as a post will depend on your PI, so choose your PI wisely. Many PI's offer flexible hours and you get two weeks of vacation and more sick days than a normal person can use.

    Cons

    We are not provided a retirement package as we are considered contract employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful Organization

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant A in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant A in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, time-off, great leadership, work life balance is great, appreciation for staff is shown

    Cons

    Salaries can be low but benefits make up for it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A wonderful company for a student

    Current Employee - Biostatistics Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Biostatistics Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are willing to work with my school schedule.

    Cons

    It is a little far from the subway line and a difficult commute from NJ

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    PennCAP Office of UPenn, Best Place of First Employmennt

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    Current Employee - Office Receptionist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Office Receptionist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn office dynamics (secretarial, clerical, reception, small meeting set-up), great pay, very flexible, kind staff

    Cons

    Unchallenging (you will spend most of your time doing nothing at all, which leaves having developed a very limited skill set)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make them work harder; there are things to do around the office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people, opportunities to design a perfect job based on interest of study, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low turnover results in fewer opportunities to advance past middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a better financial rewards system to separate top performers from the rest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work. Nice people.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice and interesting people and a beautiful campus. Lots of good places to eat nearby.

    Cons

    Some days there wasn't a lot to do - the work level was not constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative in the way things work on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    After 11 years, still one of the best employers in the city of Philadelphia

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist B in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist B in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty awesome, particularly vacation & retirement. Amazing education opportunities. If you take a job here and *don't* get a degree from Penn, you're pretty dumb.

    Cons

    Very silo'd. Hard to meet people outside your work group. Sometimes the bureaucracy is a killer. And HR is there to protect the university, not employees. Finally, there's a big distinction between the way staff are treated and the way faculty is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't just rest on the laurels of a venerable institution. There's lots of improvements and innovations to be made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Benefits, Experience Depends on Department

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

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

    Pros

    excellent benefits; opportunities for advancement or at least lateral moves within the organization; fair HR practices; great place to work for networking; overall a good place to work

    Cons

    compensation did not seem fair within my department (i was making more than a person who had been there 20+ years in the same position). staff morale was low, but seemed to be better in other departments.

    Recommends

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