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University of Pittsburgh Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
Updated March 6, 2015
398 Reviews
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University of Pittsburgh Chancellor and CEO Mark A. Nordenberg
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • As a graduate assistant, compensation was fair and work life balance was reiterated (in 13 reviews)

  • Great benefits, including greatly reduced tuition, healthcare, and vacation time (in 25 reviews)


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

  • Low salary and will not increase employee pay grade if you qualify (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good University

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    Strong Biomedical research environment for younger researchers

    Cons

    Campus kind of suck, not free parking space

  2.  

    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
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    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
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Building Manager

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    Former Employee - Building Manager in Bradford, PA
    Former Employee - Building Manager in Bradford, PA

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    The boss is super nice. Schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    Minimum wage 7.25/hr. Sometimes it's quiet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I had a great experience at this company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh

    Pros

    Great on-campus work for students, looks good on resume, lots of opportunities for meeting professionals of all fields and departments.

    Cons

    Sometimes disorganized, no official hours, minimum wage. There was no job description for my particular position so many times I ran out of things to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure when you hire someone that you have tasks in mind for them to complete, especially for students. Many students were not able to spend time efficiently/effectively.

  10.  

    Good experience but underappreciated.

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

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

    Pros

    independence, avenues for creativity, stability, camaraderie.

    Cons

    Pay is low, once you are here there is little done to keep you happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it woudl be good to think about ways to carry out retention for good employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed working there with colleagues in the advancement arena who were professional and courteous; its clear that they are what keep the institution going.

    Cons

    The toxic environment that once was in parts of the student life area. It was heavily corporatized with the new dean there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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