University of Pennsylvania
4.0 of 5 356 reviews
www.upenn.edu Philadelphia, PA 5000+ Employees

University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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4.0 356 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann

Amy Gutmann

(188 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Heavy workload, room for advancement"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Low salary, since it is non profit, academic research, government grant funding"
    in 8 reviews
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Great place for a graduate education

PhD Student (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

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

ProsUPenn is a highly interdisciplinary university with lots of resources to support student work.

ConsDefinitely need to make sure you find the right fit with program and mentorship, otherwise it can be a taxing experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Health Educator (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

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

ProsPenn is a great place to work! You have access to exciting research opportunities and the ability to work with amazing people. West Philadelphia is diverse community of many different cultural and ethic groups.

ConsPay is not competitive. Most positions are grant funded which lends to a bit of long term uncertainty. Most employees have not received a raise in over 4 years, this is quite pathetic for a world class health system. Penn should reward and retain great employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great learning experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsBenefits, including tuition and subsidized housing loans if you buy a house in the area, are a pretty big plus! Excellent center for research and emphasis on work-life balance.

ConsLocated in the city, you have to know which areas are not safe to walk alone after dark. Be alert and you should be just fine

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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my experience at the university of Pennsylvania was amazing

Graduate Student Researcher (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at University of Pennsylvania as an intern for more than 3 years

Prosamazing people to work with. I am a student here currently and everyone here is just a spectacular example of how you should conduct yourself.

Conseveryone is so Type A not the place to be if you are artistically minded.

Advice to Senior Managementkeep up the good work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Place for Part Time Student Work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Pennsylvania

Prosflexible with student schedules
average compensation
convenient employer within walking distance of classrooms
relaxed atmosphere; not stressful

Consnot room for a lot of advancement
culture largely determined by department
undergraduates, undergraduates, undergraduates
job not challenging and doesn't stretch you

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Great place to work

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

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

ProsNice research Environment and great faculty

ConsParking is expensive and suburbs are a good place to stay. Not many options for low earning families in center city

Advice to Senior ManagementConsider dicussing before the job. Maternity benefits not that great

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I had a great experience

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Pennsylvania

ProsIt is a vibrant stimulating place to work

ConsThere are really no cons

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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Great environment, unhappy with salary

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

ProsFlexible schedule, room for growth and new opportunities

ConsSalaries are low and promotions are difficult to get.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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ugh

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

ProsPretty easy. Dont' really have much to say besides that but because there is this twenty word minimum i guess i will keep typing until i have filled that quota no matter how ridiculous it is, but hey it is what it is.

Consthey treat you like they are above you

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as a student

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

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

Prosgood university, good culture, and good alumni

Consteachers lack of professionalism, poor infrastructures at school of engineering and applied science

Advice to Senior Managementinvest heavily on infrastructure

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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