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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
445 Reviews
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445 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Wonderful Organization

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant A in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant A in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, time-off, great leadership, work life balance is great, appreciation for staff is shown

    Cons

    Salaries can be low but benefits make up for it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    UPenn provides quality research experience and offers decent benefits for postdocs.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of money for research. The quality of research is really good. Postdocs are provided excellent benefit package, including health, dental, and vision insurance. Obviously the experience at UPenn as a post will depend on your PI, so choose your PI wisely. Many PI's offer flexible hours and you get two weeks of vacation and more sick days than a normal person can use.

    Cons

    We are not provided a retirement package as we are considered contract employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A wonderful company for a student

    Current Employee - Biostatistics Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Biostatistics Intern in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are willing to work with my school schedule.

    Cons

    It is a little far from the subway line and a difficult commute from NJ

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    PennCAP Office of UPenn, Best Place of First Employmennt

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    Current Employee - Office Receptionist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Office Receptionist in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to learn office dynamics (secretarial, clerical, reception, small meeting set-up), great pay, very flexible, kind staff

    Cons

    Unchallenging (you will spend most of your time doing nothing at all, which leaves having developed a very limited skill set)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make them work harder; there are things to do around the office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work. Nice people.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice and interesting people and a beautiful campus. Lots of good places to eat nearby.

    Cons

    Some days there wasn't a lot to do - the work level was not constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more creative in the way things work on a daily basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, opportunities to design a perfect job based on interest of study, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Low turnover results in fewer opportunities to advance past middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a better financial rewards system to separate top performers from the rest.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    After 11 years, still one of the best employers in the city of Philadelphia

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist B in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist B in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Benefits are pretty awesome, particularly vacation & retirement. Amazing education opportunities. If you take a job here and *don't* get a degree from Penn, you're pretty dumb.

    Cons

    Very silo'd. Hard to meet people outside your work group. Sometimes the bureaucracy is a killer. And HR is there to protect the university, not employees. Finally, there's a big distinction between the way staff are treated and the way faculty is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't just rest on the laurels of a venerable institution. There's lots of improvements and innovations to be made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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 (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

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