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"Great benefits, but not a lot of opportunities"

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Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Philadelphia, PA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Penn really cares about its employees. They have excellent time off benefits, unbeatable tuition benefits, and in general, managers here are all very understanding of the need for work/life balance.

Cons

Promotions are non-existent. The only way to move up is to apply for a different job with a higher title, and go through the usual interview process. On a related note, HR is centralized, but that doesn't really make sense, because Penn doesn't work like a large company: you can't easily move to a different team or department, and different teams or departments may have very different compensation for the same title & responsibilities. Essentially, you're trading in career mobility for a few extra days off, and if you're early in your career, that trade may not be worth it.

Advice to Management

Either decentralize HR and give individual hiring groups more control over who & how they hire, or make it easier for employees to stay at Penn by 1. allowing promotions again and 2. allowing employees to easily transfer between schools and departments.

Other Employee Reviews for University of Pennsylvania

  1. "I enjoyed a tremendous opportunity for growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great resources
    Great collaborators
    Funding
    Opportunities outside the lab

    Cons

    Still a training position
    NIH salary structure


  2. "great experience at university of pennsylvania"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    nice university, outstanding research, good facility

    Cons

    nothing at the top of my head

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