University of Pennsylvania

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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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4.0 397 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann

Amy Gutmann

(211 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    University of Pennsylvania has given me the opportunity to grow as a young professional in the drug research field.

    Research Specialist A (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsThe benefits are incredible. The resources are endless. The community at University of Pennsylvania is like no other. You work at an institution that strives for excellence.

    ConsMany positions in the research labs of University of Pennsylvania are grant-funded so the salaries are generally more limited than at a pharmaceutical company or other private enterprise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep teaching the young minds that enter University of Pennsylvania with hunger for knowledge!

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

     

    Research Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat graduate school program. The graduate students are great to hang out with and very helpful

    ConsThe department is too small for all of the students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your students

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    Great Opportunity

    Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsWith some effort and ambition, you can become a very important member of the SEAS community, and have a lasting tangible impact on the education of those who follow in your footsteps. It can help develop your professional skills to lead, while also giving back to the community.

    ConsCan be hard to juggle working hours while also at school.

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

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    Great place to work

    Senior Applications Developer (Current Employee) Phila, PA

    ProsSmart people. Great Benefits. Great Location.

    ConsLimited advancement. Lower salary because it's a non-profit.

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

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    I have a great experience at Penn.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI made life long friends, which prepared me for the realities of the real world.

    ConsThe ambiance at Penn is too pre-professional, which created a lot of stress on the students.

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

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    Great experience

    Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking with highly intelligent people

    ConsNone. It's a great place to work.

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

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    Library Student Worker

    Student Assistant (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsFill out free time. Easy job to handle. Some kind of relaxation between stressful sessions. Flexible and pleasant to work.

    ConsSometimes boring. Patience and carefulness absolutely needed. During final week or busy time, it is not wise to go on working.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA very good choice for student worker. But the students recruited should be better organized.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research

    Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsUpenn is a great place to work.

    ConsLack of grant funding can result in loss of employment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Cardiologist

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosloved it very much did not want to leave

    Conshad to leave so very sorry

    Advice to Senior Managementcontinue the good work

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    Excellent Research University, Exceptional Experience

    Project Manager/Analyst (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsAbility to do research based consulting (in one of the research centers) in the area of choice
    Excellent collegiality
    Challenging and relevant problems

    ConsThe outside world sees university based employment as irrelevant, even though in several years of consulting experience, this experience is second to none. Actually, better than both large, branded consultants as well as niche players

    Advice to Senior ManagementGiven that academic job market has shrunken, many of the researchers will have to work for the industry. Please project your market relevance (you do a lot there) of the research based experience to the world outside.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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