University of Pittsburgh Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. As both a student-employee and non-student employee, I had a very good experience and was always able to learn.

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

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great access to lots of the similar services (city and university) as students and very good work hours.

    Cons

    Pay isn't always the highest and many departments are subject to various government grants and stringent operating budgets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus efforts on continuing to secure government grants for department operational budgets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2. Work Study at Pitt

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    Current Employee - Work Study - Student Employment in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Work Study - Student Employment in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    Flexible work/school/life balance and hours
    Above minimum wage compensation

    Cons

    Lots of political/management hoops to jump through for some things

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great benefits but low salary with little room for advancement or raises

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    Current Employee - Administrator II in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Administrator II in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    Great health, retirement, and education benefits

    Cons

    Low starting salary with little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More competitive salaries for administrative staff.

    Recommends
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  5. One of the Best Places to Work in Pittsburgh

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    Current Employee - Administrator I in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Administrator I in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    Diverse, benefits, office culture, team work, passion, personal growth

    Cons

    glass ceiling for staff, more respect for staff workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

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  6. Research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh

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

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Free and friendly atmosphere. Good balance between work and life. Equipment, such as computer, scanner, and printer, is freely available. Payment is good considering the CPI.

    Cons

    Sometimes it is stressful to work here. Need to maintain good relationship with boss. Collaboration among groups is rare. Funding is not guaranteed all the time. No windows in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add windows to the offices for students. Promote more collaboration among different research groups. Schedule more department wide colloquiums. Prepare some free snacks for creativity.

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    Neutral Outlook
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  7. Student research assistant in industrial engineering, close cooperation with industry

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

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a research assistant in masters program, involved in a research project associated with b-school. The professors in our department is nice. Weekly meeting, sometimes with industrial professions.

    Cons

    I got some trouble when getting in the employment, the administration systems seems buggy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest to improve the human resource system, to help new employees getting onboard faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. I work as a graduate research assistant.

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

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    1. provide nice research environment and opportunities for conferences.
    2. campus sits in a nice neighborhood. you can also select courses in CMU

    Cons

    I do not find obvious cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

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    Positive Outlook
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  9. It's good. It's really depends on your boss.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Since I'm working in academia, the work time is flexible. It doesn't have to be 9am-5pm. You have the chance to work with world well known researchers.

    Cons

    The winter is super cold. The salary is low, because my title is Post-doc fellow. It's really competitive, so it's hard to get promoted unless you are really good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  10. Being a paid graduate student can be amazing and terrible.

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

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Health care, pay ratio for the cost of living in PGH, funding availability, diversity of research fields, especially in the biosciences.

    Cons

    IT is pretty bad. Pitt relies on some pretty antiquated systems. A lot of systems have been updated recently. Protection for graduates students from abuse differs by department. Some departments have absolutely no intervention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a unified framework for the protection of graduate students. Drop the million or two for an IT overhaul.

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    Positive Outlook
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  11. It is a very nice place to do research, especially in health care, upmc is a very top-level teaching hospital

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The city has a lot of places to explore in terms of culture, sports, music, arts. The location is great and people are very friendly.

    Cons

    The weather is not very good because it is located in the north, winter is very long, with a lot of snow for some years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably similar as the administration in other universities, the management sometimes is very low efficient, which is time consuming for people who want to focus on research.

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    Positive Outlook
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