University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
409 Reviews

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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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  1.  

    student research at The Wharton School

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    good environment, friendly people, high level people,

    Cons

    bad salary, no work-life balance,

  2.  

    my experience at the university of Pennsylvania was amazing

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania as an intern for more than 3 years

    Pros

    amazing people to work with. I am a student here currently and everyone here is just a spectacular example of how you should conduct yourself.

    Cons

    everyone is so Type A not the place to be if you are artistically minded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place for Part Time Student Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    flexible with student schedules
    average compensation
    convenient employer within walking distance of classrooms
    relaxed atmosphere; not stressful

    Cons

    not room for a lot of advancement
    culture largely determined by department
    undergraduates, undergraduates, undergraduates
    job not challenging and doesn't stretch you

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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Nice research Environment and great faculty

    Cons

    Parking is expensive and suburbs are a good place to stay. Not many options for low earning families in center city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider dicussing before the job. Maternity benefits not that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment, unhappy with salary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, room for growth and new opportunities

    Cons

    Salaries are low and promotions are difficult to get.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    ugh

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    Pretty easy. Dont' really have much to say besides that but because there is this twenty word minimum i guess i will keep typing until i have filled that quota no matter how ridiculous it is, but hey it is what it is.

    Cons

    they treat you like they are above you

  8.  

    Tough times everywhere, doing the best they can in the current environment

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    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Tenure Track  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Professor, Tenure Track in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Great resources. Fewer silos than other places of comparable NIH funding. Pretty open and collaborative.

    Cons

    Like all places with tenure, you are subject to binary decision making on tenure. Tenure is unnecessarily difficult process full of ambiguity.

    Turning into a stepping stone rather than a destination during early to mid career, but filling upper ranks with established members. The latter is good for stemming losses and a win-win for parties involved. Not much choice with ever diminishing revenue nationwide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better connections to industry. Allow people to move other department and school pre tenure due to changes in leadership, research objectives, and simply quality of fit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    as a student

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    good university, good culture, and good alumni

    Cons

    teachers lack of professionalism, poor infrastructures at school of engineering and applied science

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest heavily on infrastructure

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I had a great experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania

    Pros

    It is a vibrant stimulating place to work

    Cons

    There are really no cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  11.  

    Nice place to work - pay isn't the best, but the benefits are good

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    Current Employee - Business Administrator  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Business Administrator in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    free tuition for yourself to take courses
    flexible work schedule
    nice sick and vacation allowances

    Cons

    pay is somewhat low compared to corporate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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