Penn State FAQ

Have questions about working at Penn State? Read answers to frequently asked questions to help you make a choice before applying to a job or accepting a job offer.

Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Penn State.

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56 English questions out of 56

September 1, 2020

What is paid time off like at Penn State?

Pros

Great benefits, especially Paid Time Off. Lots of opportunity once you get in

Cons

lowest paying Big Ten university, you have to pay to park at your place of employment

Great benefits, especially Paid Time Off. Lots of opportunity once you get in

September 1, 2020

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January 2, 2020

Does Penn State offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Great benefits package, flexible working schedule, networking across the University

Cons

Staying in one role too long is perceived as not ambitious. Not may openings above mid-level

Great benefits package, flexible working schedule, networking across the University

January 2, 2020

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October 1, 2020

Does Penn State offer massages?

Pros

Good ice cream. Good coworkers.

Cons

Not much to say here.

Good ice cream.

October 1, 2020

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September 3, 2020

Does Penn State offer dental insurance?

Pros

Good benefits for grad students, dental and vision insurance too

Cons

None that I can think of

Good benefits for grad students, dental and vision insurance too

September 3, 2020

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April 1, 2021

Does Penn State offer family leave?

Pros

Benefits are amazing, full time salaried earned 2 days of vacation a month. Healthcare benefits are great and their maternity leave policy is fair.

Cons

Not a ton of upward mobility, entry level staff are treated like crap, commitment to diversity and inclusion is lip service, total hand holding of students with very little accountability, staff will get thrown under the bus in Residence Life. Leadership picks favorites and will not reward innovation that goes against "the way of doing things". Oh and don't dare have an opinion and have any kind of marginalized identity.

Advice to Management

Ignoring the systemic problems and blowing inconsequential situations out of proportion is a waste of time. Have the hard conversations with entry level staff now that they won't just "run out their contract". Get rid of central staff that have been there for decades and are toxic in the workplace and incapable of effective/equitable supervision. Understand that weaknesses in leadership are the cause of the same exact issues being brought up consistently. Recognize entry level staff are actual adult humans with full capacity and qualifications and not an extension of students.

Healthcare benefits are great and their maternity leave policy is fair.

April 1, 2021

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