Wistar Institute Reviews

Updated August 17, 2015
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Wistar Institute President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman
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  1. Love this place!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time

    Pros

    Amazing science, great mentors, driven faculty, some of the brightest students and post-docs I've ever worked with. Administration works incredibly hard to meet the scientists' needs, and everyone is so friendly and nice. Women-friendly environment, with over 50% of faculty being women. Could use more women in leadership positions though. CEO is a great scientist in his own right, and a visionary leader. A small place allows for dynamic interactions, and dynamic accomodation of one's needs. Wistar works hard to make its employees feel valued.

    Cons

    I have a very hard time thinking of cons. More recently perhaps middle management has expanded rapidly, which has presented its own set of challenges but things seem to be settling down now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the science first, as you've been doing, and everything else will fall in place.


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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time

    Pros

    Smaller non-profit with a more family-like environment. Great setting on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

    Cons

    Increasingly expensive benefits. IT infrastructure sorely lacking. Difficulty retaining talent. Employee happiness seems to depend largely on the department or lab they're in.


  3. Wistar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Depending on the lab, you can learn alot and be exposed to new equipment. Great benefits - tuition reimbursement, vacation, sick & personal days Great location in the city - close to mass transit

    Cons

    Low salary, but this is a non-profit organization. Didn't have much ability to work with other labs.

    Advice to Management

    The salaries are very low, so it would be nice to have better increases.


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  5. Wistar Review

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    Current Employee - Wistar Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Wistar Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture and in house collaborations

    Cons

    Salaries are competitive within the academic field, but not with industry.


  6. Could be so much better

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great history and science; great benefits and decent compensation

    Cons

    very political; very heavy on administration side; HR department does not care about employees

    Advice to Management

    focus more on scientists, especially at the postdoc level


  7. Helpful (1)

    great potential

    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent scientists and core support

    Cons

    highly political influences can be a problem

    Advice to Management

    rid yourself of corruption


  8. Helpful (1)

    Wistar review

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    focused on very good basic and translational research

    Cons

    Im require to write atlas 5 works here so here goes.


  9. Change = opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Rich in history with strong foundation . New building. Excellent opportunity for new scientists

    Cons

    Communication from C level employees

    Advice to Management

    Be more visible.


  10. Helpful (1)

    out with the…

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wistar Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you haven't worked here before and, especially if you are inept, you'll get hired and love it here at Wistar.

    Cons

    Management fires and demote people who have worked here for years and are respected by the other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring managers and let the scientists and the people who actually help them be. Stop firing or demoting everyone who is competent.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great science, terrible administration

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    Current Employee - Development Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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