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Penn State College of Medicine Reviews

Updated June 24, 2017
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  1. "Research Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Great health insurance.
    * Great place to start your career after post-college.
    * Work with smart people - Learn a lot and gain more knowledge about research.

    Cons

    * Salary - It is pretty low to start with. Hopefully the salary will be increased after I work for a year or so. Other than salary, I'm good!


  2. "Post doc at Penn State Hershey"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Features some really really good workshops for grant writing and career development.
    Nice community if you like chocolate and cows. Close enough to Baltimore, Philly, DC and NYC.

    Cons

    Like any other large public institutions, you will sometimes get frustrated by the bureaucracy in parking/housing/insurance service. As a post-doc, it is always depends on how well you can fit in a particular lab, and how the PI is running the lab.

    Advice to Management

    The policy of hmc.edu email service is really inconvenient for the basic research: No auto-forwarding, harsh size limit of attachment size, and blocked in/out emails without any notice.

  3. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Research Technologist in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Human Research Technologist in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    retirement plan, health insurance, paid time off...all the benefits are amazing.

    Cons

    on the research side, salaries are limited for lower level positions


  4. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Friendly organization doing great and important work.

    Cons

    It's academia - you can pay the bills, but won't become a millionare.


  5. "Graduate Assistant Program"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Hershey, PA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very inclusive and collaborative program. Can develop very close relationships with faculty and administration. No undergraduates so no teaching requirement.

    Cons

    Smaller research institution, no undergraduate teaching opportunity on campus. Grad students tend to take a back seat to med students.

    Advice to Management

    Treat graduate and medical equally. Increase stipend to better reflect cost of living in Hershey. Although a small town it's still expensive.


  6. "Penn State College of Medicine - Hershey PA review"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Easy work environment
    - Can do clinical as well as basic science research
    - Great opportunities for translational research

    Cons

    - Not many biomedical companies around Hershey,PA


  7. "Employment at Penn State College of Medicine"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Hershey, PA
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nice work atmosphere, very passionate, smart colleagues, supportive management

    Cons

    salaries are low for staff and faculty. Not many scientist opportunities for those holding high degrees.

  8. "Great job flexibility and professional development opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover, MD

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Supportive environment, learning and professional development opportunities, interdisciplinary collaboration

    Cons

    No cons to note here


  9. "The pay wasn't stellar but I was willing to drive an hour to get there because I enjoyed the people and philosophy"

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Coordinator in Hershey, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Contributing to cancer research, working as a team, treated as a valuable member

    Cons

    Pay doesn't correspond to amount of work and education.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay slightly


  10. "The College is academically focused, with emphasis on hard work and tangible productivity."

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    Current Employee - Research Technologist I in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Research Technologist I in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The hours are flexible, and the College definitely has a laid-back atmosphere. Every day is casual Friday.

    Cons

    Compensation is substantially lower than an equitable position in Industry. You may be asked to work long hours without the possibility of overtime, and your time outside of work (vacation time, evenings, weekends) may not be respected. There is not a great emphasis on "health" and "balance" for the employee work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Consider emphasizing a greater sense of work-life balance; your employees will feel empowered and be more productive during working hours.


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