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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
417 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.  

    PhD student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Great research environment
    Great reputation
    Great professors

    Cons

    None, except that Philly can be scratchy at times

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    teaching assistant

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Phila, PA

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

    Pros

    Supportive culture. The instructors are helpful as well as the staffs. Students are understanding. Add value to resume. Great experiences for improving presentation skills.

    Cons

    The job is very time demanding. Students are extremely sensitive on grading. Plus, the amount of grading is enormous. In my case, we had four mid-terms and a final for a class of 120 students with only two teaching assistants.

    Recommends
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    Top notch professionals working passionately

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Donor Relations  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director of Donor Relations in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    The university of Pennsylvania is committed to a high level of education and professionalism within its staff both as teachers, administrators and professionals

    Cons

    As with any large institution, red tape can always be an issue when trying to do things in new ways

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recruit employees from outside the current pool of workers so you get new, efficient leadership and not just stirring up of your current employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Academic Careers

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    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
  6.  

    A graduate student at Penn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Nice working environment. A lot of smart students.

    Cons

    West Philly may be not safe to live

  7.  

    Master Student in CGGT program

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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 a year

    Pros

    A complete and well-designed schedule for fundamental theory and practice.
    A number of alumni are working in top level movie making and gaming industry.

    Cons

    The research side of this program is not very strong.
    If you are looking forward a professional life, unfortunately, the courses in this program covered a number of topics but none of them would go very deep.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits, very decentralized so work life varies highly.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The University of Pennsylvania is a great place to work for the benefits and relatively high amount of job security. In the right school or department, the work can be very rewarding and have a good work/life balance. Most areas have a very collaborative work environment as well.

    Cons

    Pay is substantially below average than what you'd get in an equivalent corporate or government job--entry-level positions at a lot of companies pay more than middle- or senior-level positions at the University. Because the University is so highly decentralized the work environment can vary a lot between schools and departments--some are wonderful places to work whereas others have very toxic work environments. There also is very little room for job advancement--raises other than the annual cost-of-living increase are almost unheard of, and generally the only way to get a more senior position is to apply for one in another school or department when someone leaves.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    great place to do research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    collaborative working environment, great pay

    Cons

    gym is not as good as others

  10.  

    Great people, great employer

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Job security, great benefits, good home/work life balance, great co-workers

    Cons

    Minimal room for growth

    Recommends
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    Postdoc in Upenn

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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 part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    lots of professional guys are working here.

    Cons

    salary is low, it is the standard NIH salary for postdoc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the benefits to postdoc

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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