Wistar Institute

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Wistar Institute Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
24 Reviews
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Wistar Institute President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman
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    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wistar Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Work environment , personal growth

    Cons

    Low compensation, no health benefits

    Recommends
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Wistar Institute as an intern

    Pros

    Great Place to work, professional environment. I knew what was expected of me. As in intern i did not receive any benifits

    Cons

    No clue why they didn't keep me on board as a regular employee. My boss said the funding ran out and than he left the company two weeks after me. The board of directors began to make lots of adjustments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    out with the…

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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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
  6.  

    Lost cause

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great and you can count on them.

    Cons

    The administration is really untrustworthy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working at Wistar is like working in North Korea. The administration is hostile towards employees. They've taken away the softball team, stopped our Holiday fundraiser for terminally ill children and even removed all plastic ware from the cafeteria without any warning to the employees. The administration cherishes secrecy - recently telling us not to talk about the success of a former researcher. They have lost the trust of many. Scientists are leaving in droves (from 40 down to 20 something). Working here used to be great, but that has been all but killed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Potential, Poorly Managed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good long-term benefits. Flexible work environment.

    Cons

    As with all jobs, if you have a good supervisor, it can be a stimulating and enriching experience. Unfortunately, it can also be the opposite. Science jobs in general are suffering now from funding problems and that cause stress down the line. Wistar is small and used to have a more "Family" type of environment. It has changed to a more corporate feel with major disconnect between upper management and the rest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    scientifically undefined

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wistar Institute

    Pros

    good benefits, small environment, central setting

    Cons

    hardly collaborative environment, too big administrative machine

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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