University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
432 Reviews
4.0
432 Reviews
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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent center for research and emphasis on work-life balance (in 24 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.  

    Love UPENN!

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, close to action of Center City. Great benefits, good people.

    Cons

    Increases are small, if at all. Public transportation to and from work though convenient can be a crap shoot at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Postdoc

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

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work. Ivy league school. Good collaborations opportunity

    Cons

    I might say salary but that is more of NIH issue than Upenn

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good overall

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    People are friendly, location is decent if you like big cities, pretty good rates for select positions

    Cons

    Hard to move up the promotional ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits for workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty Good

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

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

    Pros

    When you really get to know people they seem really friendly. You always have something to do and the atmosphere is very professional as long as you don't work in the Campus housing buildings

    Cons

    The students and security can be very rude but it's normal as long as you keep your cool everything will be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Student and worked there in computer science.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    Good student body, well funded. Nice atmosphere but in a relatively dull city.

    Cons

    Poor management, bad decision makers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    hard to get a raise

  9.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I am trying to do some Networking

    Cons

    The salary is not very satisfactory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce overtime working

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to work for.

    Cons

    Hourly rate less than most other top universities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Enjoyable place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Great benefits and a fun environment.

    Cons

    Equivalent jobs at different organizations typically have higher salaries

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