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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
435 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent center for research and emphasis on work-life balance (in 24 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.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful Academic Environment.

    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Very intelligent people. Kind and friendly.

    Cons

    Much attention given to theories, academic journals, etc. Hope to see greater emphasis on knowledge for action.

  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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  8.  

    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

  9.  

    Summer research assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Good pay, autonomy and access to resources, encouraged outside experimentation in areas related to project focus

    Cons

    Feedback could have been better, overall project management wasn't as strong as it could've been

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    Postdoctoral

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    great job experience and excellent opportunities

    Cons

    no job security and very little room for promotion

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