Wistar Institute

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Updated Jul 24, 2014

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3.1 21 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

Wistar Institute President and CEO Russel E. Kaufman

Russel E. Kaufman

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It is a great place to work.

    Lab Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsThe labs are well equipped. The staff is very friendly and there is good coordination in the departments.

    Consthe main issue with the company is that the pay is less and there are not a lot of other benefits

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    Lost cause

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsThe administration is really untrustworthy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWorking 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great science, terrible administration

    Development Officer (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

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

    ConsDesperately 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 Senior ManagementStick with the basic science and enough with the Penn phobia.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Potential, Poorly Managed

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood long-term benefits. Flexible work environment.

    ConsAs 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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.

    PhD Trainee (Current Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsGreat learning experience, good infrastructure.

    ConsNo raise in salary in 3 years, not even a penny.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    scientifically undefined

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, small environment, central setting

    Conshardly collaborative environment, too big administrative machine

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    Amazing people doing important things, limited by ineffective management.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementAssess 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A non-profit organization with poor management.

    Administrative Coordinator (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsThey offer an excellent benefits package

    ConsThere is no ability for growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more experienced people with management skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Assistant IV

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of great people work here. Open sharing environment.

    ConsBuilding project has taken a toll on the financial stability of the institute, and the priorities of the administration have veered away from science and loyalty to staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Wistar

    Non-Scientific Support Position (Former Employee) Philadelphia, PA

    ProsInteresting 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.

    ConsNon-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 Senior ManagementTreat non-scientific staff with the same respect and considerations that the scientific staff receive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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