University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
409 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Academic Careers

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Postdoctoral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    great job experience and excellent opportunities

    Cons

    no job security and very little room for promotion

  3.  

    Great Benefits for attending college.
    Not the best for support from your superiors.

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    • Senior Management
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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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    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
  6.  

    Good school to work at

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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 3 years

    Pros

    Doing my phd degree here. It's an Ivy league school. The requirements of the degree are rather tough, but it forces you to learn and develop. I chose the school for it's excellent research (Mechanical Engineering), and the location is great, close to New York and Washington DC.

    Cons

    To get in was very hard, like at any other top schools, especially for a foreigner like me. Went through GRE and TOEFL tests.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    academic environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    good academic environment, good resources and on campus there are a lot resources, you can join in different clubs

    Cons

    a lot of times the department environment are very stressful. you have to work hard and sometimes they will kick out students

  8.  

    Grad Student in Life Science: UPenn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    generous stipend, affordable city, top notch faculty

    Cons

    dated facilities, spotty security in campus outskirts

  9.  

    Great workplace!

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    Current Employee - Research Project Manager A  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Project Manager A in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    It felt great to be a part of Penn's mission and supported throughout the university. Great benefits and work-life balance. I was constantly challenged and felt as though I really grew there.

    Cons

    The salary is not as competitive as it should be, both for my position and those around me. Lack of transparency in salaries and HR policies also made it a distrustful environment. Some people in higher management positions seemed to lack management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more repercussions for those who don't fulfill work responsibilities. Also, salary information for those in similar positions around the university, broken down by education and years of experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Overall, it was good. There are some personnel who thinks they can control your job status, what you do, and how you do.

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    Former Employee - Temp
    Former Employee - Temp

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Moral, diversity, structure, culture, various job opportunities,

    Cons

    Leadership, salary, time off, micro managing, extracurricular activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the micromanaging of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Chemistry at UPenn

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher  in  Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Phila, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The Professors are productive and usually you get lot of papers published

    Cons

    The work environment is stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you dont care about self respect then its alright.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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