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University of Pittsburgh Reviews in Pittsburgh, PA

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
317 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is definitely a plus (in 12 reviews)

  • Benefits are excellent steady work (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Management issues, little room for advancement (in 8 reviews)

  • Low salary and will not increase employee pay grade if you qualify (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.

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    Current Employee - Systems Programmer IV  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Programmer IV in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    The benefits and perks are outstanding. Great co-workers and flexible management. High level of job satisfaction, real sense of making an impact.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than that comparable corporate position, but that is somewhat made up for with the benefits. Not a lot of room for advancement unless entering as a lower level position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consideration of flex-time would be highly appreciated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not good

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    I was exposed to modeling in biology.

    Cons

    i didn't get any help from my professor. i moved from a different discipline and so it was interdisciplinary work. He gave me no help and no training in computational biology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you join, research the professor under whom you will be working

  3.  

    Great environment

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    Former Employee - Research Specialist IV  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Specialist IV in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Lots of free training sessions and seminars / Benefits for continuing education / 401k / Health Insurance

    Cons

    Salaries are lower than other cities but the cost of living in Pittsburgh is not that high anyway...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Research Specialist III-Hillman Cancer Center

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    Former Employee - Research Specialist III  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Specialist III in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Great benefits, including greatly reduced tuition, healthcare, and vacation time. Worked in a excellent lab that was highly interdisciplinary and had great colleagues. Feel like it is a good environment to be a technician

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement and promotion. Your supervisor really has to fight and justify to get you an advancement in your position. It doesn't matter how long you work there or how productive, so there's definitely a very low glass ceiling for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to earn advancement through their own merit and length of time that they have worked, it would give people incentive to work harder. If people know there is no room for growth they will just do the minimum. Creates a negative environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company was great to work for, with flexible hours and numerous educational benefits.

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst III  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst III in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    The University calendar allows you a full paid week off during the winter holiday and many paid holidays off, which is uncommon in the workplace. There was substantial collaboration between physicians, technologists, chemists and analysts which allowed for a lot of growth.

    Cons

    Many of the positions were grant-based and with the tightening of the budget for the NIH and other federal funding, quite a few people lost their jobs because of a lack of funding.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great entry-level experience.

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. Accrual a lot of time off. 401K with company match. Education assistance. People that work here are generally good as well.

    Cons

    The pay is not what you would expect from a university and it is difficult to receive a raise unless transferring from position to position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    I had a great experience working for the University of Pittsburgh

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience and a lot of references for future jobs.

    Cons

    It is difficult to balance school and work at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An employee can contribute a lot to the work force regardless of gpa because doing a good job is more than just education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student research assistant

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

    Pros

    This might be specific to my department but I enjoyed working with supportive staff and faculty. there was a great deal of flexibility to revise one's schedule to fit classes and other meetings in. Excellent leadership and team work !

    Cons

    Work could get really busy or dull depending on how the research study was progressing. Also, there could be a lot of turnover in terms of staff depending on budget changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great place to learn and work as a student

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Open environment, great place for collaborations, great research opportunities at the university, hospital, and CMU. amazing place to learn research techniques and work with leading professors in the field. professors are open to new ideas of students and offer great support when starting in a completely new field.

    Cons

    Balancing school and research as a student is difficult but worth it. not paid over-time as a student. lab had many undergraduate students and value of research experience largely depended on research mentor one was paired with. fewer undergraduates would allow for more personalized attention to all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to live a life as a graduate student researcher

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    The school has wonderful leaders who are easy-going, and close to the students.
    The school is a research-oriented university that is well-known within the U.S. as well as across the countries.
    Given the relatively low life expense (compared to other cities like NYC), the compensation for graduate students doing research assistant and/or teaching assistant work is fairly attractive.

    Cons

    The fundings are competitive, I mean, very competitive, especially for social science departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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