University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. A great environment to do great science.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Penn has one of the best postdoctoral programs in the country. The BPP offers a great deal of training sessions that range from ethics to presentation style. Great collegiate environment for doing research. The resources and facilities are top notch. The city is an added bonus.

    Cons

    As a postdoc, you are expected to work a lot so work-life balance is hard to maintain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, new buildings (mostly), great healthy food options, close to train station.

    Cons

    Some late nights in lab, staying up late working.

    Recommends
  3. Excellent research and training opportunities

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Location is great, flexible working hours, great benefits

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities not that clear

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  5. It was a great experience to work in a well put school.

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    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Penn, PA
    Current Employee - Design Consultant in Penn, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Dynamic environment to work at.

    Cons

    Limited funds for research projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. They invest in your professional growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Supportive, energetic, excellent people to work for and with

    Cons

    Pay; some politics but I would imagine that would be everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance could be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great growing and learning experience!

    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Great team to work with. Amazing opportunity to be mentored by senior professionals

    Cons

    Fast learning environment, great culture

  8. Great and stimulating work environment but very high pressure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary, great city, great colleagues and students

    Cons

    Lots of pressure for junior faculty

    Recommends
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    Wasted Opportunity

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Penn is a world-class institution for research, and opened doors for me after I left.

    Cons

    There was non-existent support for post-docs. I had a problem with my negligent mentor and had nowhere to turn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the dead weight from your faculty.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Not a fan at all.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The name comes with prestige.

    Cons

    Everything else one could possibly think of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great place to do biomedical Science research

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

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

    Pros

    Access to many facilities and people with a wide range of expertise. Great Post doc office and community.

    Cons

    Post docs are treated like trainees so no retirement benefits ext

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