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    Most of your experience depends on your mentor. Only if you get a good one, it will be a great experience.

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    Current Employee - PhD Trainee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Trainee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good infrastructure.

    Cons

    No raise in salary in 3 years, not even a penny.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No policies to avoid destructive behavior of PIs towards trainees. This should be monitored closely, but nobody seems to care at all. Good mentoring is not even evaluated.

    Recommends
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    Great science, terrible administration

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    Current Employee - Development Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent (though diminishing) benefits.
    Great, dedicated researchers.

    Cons

    Desperately top-heavy
    "Process-based" leadership that conveniently ignores established processes
    No cohesive culture. As old ways are stamped out nothing is left in their place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with the basic science and enough with the Penn phobia.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing people doing important things, limited by ineffective management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great location, respectable facilities, great benefits (PENSION!). Decent funding.
    Many people really want to do great and important things.

    Cons

    The success of an individual employee is not necessarily linked to the success of his manager, which destroys morale, thus it's incredibly difficult to move up in the Institute. This is typical of many academic organizations of this size.
    Politics come into play way more often than they should.
    Many people stay employed despite repeated gross incompetence, which destroys morale.
    Upper management doesn't have a clear vision for where the Institute should be going, or if they had a real vision, they didn't share it with the rank and file.
    Too little control over the operations of the individual labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess support staff, and cull dead weight. Provide opportunities for training. Link employee's success to that of their management. Hire visionaries and bold thinkers in strong management roles, not more yes men.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A non-profit organization with poor management.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They offer an excellent benefits package

    Cons

    There is no ability for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more experienced people with management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wistar

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    Former Employee - Non-Scientific Support Position in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Non-Scientific Support Position in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting non-profit organization that is doing good work.
    Academic environment without the large bureaucracy of a large university (on UPenn's campus).
    Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Non-scientific staff are considered 2nd class.
    Different rules for scientists and everyone else.
    Very political atmosphere. Decisions are based on who you know, their status in the building, and who they are related to.
    Management not very forward thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat non-scientific staff with the same respect and considerations that the scientific staff receive.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Modern biochemistry research facility.

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

    I worked at Wistar Institute part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The labs were very modern and definitely well-funded. I thought the culture was pretty relaxed, but I know that isn't necessarily the case with all the labs. You can see the P.I being too busy with important conferences and other Penn things as a Pro with the freedom or as a Con with the sometimes lack of guidance, but my Ph. D. candidate mentor was awesome.
    Freedom in some labs.

    Cons

    P.I's often too busy to be communicative as I mentioned previously. I wish my pay was a bit higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to check up on your students from time to time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly place to work

    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, good benefits, people in general seem happy and content. Good learning environment. Very collaborative compared to other academia environment.

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunity for technician.

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    smart people, fun environment

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

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very smart, energetic. The institute is mature and still growing healthy

    Cons

    A lot of people are scientists, social event is not as much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More social networking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth it- look for an industry job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good research, turning over millions

    Cons

    Minor decisions held on hold till the top people decide. Refusal to include people who work on a project in the paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    All the benefits of a large research University with the feeling of a small close-knit community.

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    Former Employee - Predoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Predoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Access to world-class research programs, resources and faculty, small close-knit community, great support network for postdocs and students, affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania, access to Penn libraries and journal subscriptions, great urban location.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are run-down and need renovated. Pay for students and postdocs is poor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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