Wistar Institute Reviews

Updated July 22, 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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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  2. Wistar Review

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    Current Employee - Wistar Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Wistar Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company culture and in house collaborations

    Cons

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


  3. Could be so much better

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Wistar Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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.


  7. Change = opportunity

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wistar Institute

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    out with the…

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great science, terrible administration

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Lost cause

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The administration is really untrustworthy.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good Potential, Poorly Managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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