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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
458 Reviews
3.9
458 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.  

    Lower Salaries, Great Benefits. All departments are different.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you live nearby it is wonderful. Tuition. A shuttle that runs around West Philadelphia and in toward center city. I love their gym.

    Cons

    Everyone i know has a different experience. It all depends on your department. I was at the school of medicine and I never want to work there again.
    Interview them as they interview you. You don't get paid enough to be in an unhealthy work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall Penn management, you seem to do well.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    posdoc

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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 an year)

    Pros

    My boss is honest, brilliant and very much innovative. My organization had taught me a lot to improve myself and the management team is very supportive and always encourages new ideas. My company is one of the best platforms to prove ourselves.

    I'm kindly informing you that it's not my character to speak out about the secrets or negative/weak points of a third person for my sake in his absence. Not only about my boss, about anybody as I've certain values. I think that's not good manners. So, I'm extremely sorry madam/sir, simply I can't say.

    Cons

    very good and I like it

  3.  

    Stayed for 8 years

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

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training, benefits, paid time-off policies, personal growth, engaging

    Cons

    Low pay, promotions, politics, like most other universities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to see unseen stuff

    Cons

    People you work with are not great

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more money!!!

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great place to work and learn

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    Former Employee - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get my hands wet and learn firsthand about academic research. I was given more responsibility than a lab technician and worked in a positive, challenging research lab. I learned how to think independently and contribute to scientific research.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the pay is low for a starting Research Specialist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the salary for academic researchers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work-Study for 3 Years

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

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

    Pros

    There are a wide variety of positions available on campus. Thankfully, most of them are able to work around your schedule. I've worked in IT for the college houses and as a Teaching Assistant for the School of Engineering.

    Cons

    Compensation is not much higher than minimum wage, but being a student, it makes sense. It makes you compelled to take on two jobs in order to actually get a worthwhile paycheck every week to help cover expenses, which can start to eat into your schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work and grow .

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    very good company with a lot of advancment for career

    Cons

    nothing much o talk about

  9.  

    secure job, growth prospects unclear

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    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    good benefits, university atmosphere & life, good for younger employees

    Cons

    perceived lower pay, lack of meritocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to be actively involved in daily operations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    OK place to work as postdoc.

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with, overall good environment to work.

    Cons

    Almost no benefits. They cover healthcare, but their starting salaries are a bit low (following NIH minima), they provide nothing else in terms of benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even if you can't pay postdocs more, consider increasing some benefits, such as gym membership, or dependent care help. It would be great if you told postdocs at the beginning whether they will have funding to attend conferences, etc.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Biomedical research factory with a poor work environment

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator C in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator C in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    At Penn you have the opportunity to work at one of the premiere biomedical research institutions in the world. It's pretty widely respected. While the pay is nothing exciting, the comprehensive benefits package is very good. Tuition benefits while I was a graduate student certainly helped. The facilities and resources are mostly excellent. Being such a large "factory" of research means there usually openings in various departments.

    Cons

    HR is slow and inefficient in processing employment offers even when the hiring manager wants you. Salary negotiation is pretty nonexistent - you fall into grades based on the job description and HR finds any reason they can to lower your pay within that grade.

    The environment is quite poor, and Abramson Cancer Center's Clinical Research Unit was the worst of which I've been a part. A grim air pervades the offices, emanating from members of management whose chief personality characteristic is self-importance, and permeating much of the staff. There is a lot of ugly behind-the-back talking and smiles are scant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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