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University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
465 Reviews
3.9
465 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.  

    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
  2.  

    Hard working place, but it pays off

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues, excellent exposure to top minds

    Cons

    Very high expectations, long work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better protect students

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great Working Community

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office culture is very diverse, motivational, and friendly. There are several opportunities for advancement in regards to overtime and volunteering across the campus. Also, "the other duties as assigned" section in the job description allows you to gain experience through various special projects that aren't necessarily related to one's job. The healthcare benefits are second to none and the tuition benefits allows one to receive a degree at a severely reduced rate. Lastly, there are many online as well as in person professional development programs.

    Cons

    Compensation may not be on par with other universities. Also, working with students at an ivy league institution can be challenging due to the aggressive and competitive learning environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If I had to choose over I would have never ca here. It's nothing of what it's advertised to be. No advancement No raises

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    Current Employee - PSR in Bala Cynwyd, PA
    Current Employee - PSR in Bala Cynwyd, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility ,many workers take advantage of it. They are able to bully other employees and management does nothing

    Cons

    Ignorant workers, racist,no advancement favoritism, management plays employees against each other encourages tattling and other childish behaviors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Penn care at home its time to clean house. Get some professional level positions and stop having every black employee labeled clerical worker and promoting white employees that have less credentials then the minorities that work there because of the color of their skin or because of who they are related to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Nice school

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Strong research program.
    Good benefits, such as 401k.

    Cons

    Neighbor region was not ver safe passing 40th st.
    Commute is pain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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