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Penn State College of Medicine Reviews

Updated October 7, 2018
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  1. "Outstanding institution"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Training the next generation of health professionals in an institution with resources and innovative faculty is a terrific opportunity. It's strongly attached to Penn State Health, a trusted medical enterprise in the region.

    Cons

    Not a match for those looking for low intensity positions.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was good and the hospital cafeteria had good selections

    Cons

    I have worked in higher education since 1989 in 5 settings and this was by far the worst. Staff are often unprofessional (the only place I worked where staff could leave early to go out drinking together on the clock and they call it staff bonding) , administrators are out of touch with best practices of other institutions of higher education and medical schools. Ask any administrator at University Park about Penn State Hershey and you will get an eye roll or a head shake. It has happened to me several times.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professionals in mid-level positions and hire non physicians to lead departments like student affairs

  3. "Professional employee"

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    Current Employee - Professional Employee in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Professional Employee in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    salary and benefits are good

    Cons

    strange environment
    no leadership
    lack of vision and strategic direction
    leadership turnover
    bullying
    mistreatment
    micromanagement
    lack of qualified staff management
    lack of qualified faculty leadership

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so self-serving.


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    It has great medical benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of red tape required.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Grants Specialist and the Office of Research Affairs (ORA)"

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    Current Employee - Grants Specialist in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Grants Specialist in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    (1) Departmental grants specialists are incredible colleagues who are more than happy to provide institutional knowledge to new staff that are not properly in place by institutional leadership and the Office of Research Affairs (ORA).
    (2) Incredible benefit package

    Cons

    (1) The leadership and personnel working in the ORA cultivate a toxic work environment, which includes gossiping, slandering, backstabbing, and disrespecting fellow colleagues who work with them on a daily basis. The ORA serves as the central office that reviews and submits all grant applications for the Penn State College of Medicine. When mistakes are found during the review process, the ORA personnel often demonstrate a negative demeanor by being condescending toward departmental grants specialists through written notes and through verbal communications.
    (2) The College of Medicine lacks proper training structure and modules for new or current pre-award generalists while the ORA expects and upholds the generalists to perform without mistakes. The monthly ROAR meetings that the ORA conducts are not a structured training program because the content only scratches the surface at best.
    (3) Pre-award generalists are often caught in between Principal Investigators (PIs)/doctors and the ORA because the ORA expects generalists to enforce internal deadlines and grant submission rules while the PIs frequently wait until the last minute to prepare grant applications and expects the generalists to drop everything else and work on their applications.

    Advice to Management

    (1) It is time to take a serious look at how the ORA is managed and organized. The high turnover rate for lower-level personnel within the ORA is indicative to the toxic work environment.
    (2) The College of Medicine or the ORA must establish a sound and structured training program for new grants staff moving forward. Otherwise, grants staff should not be yelled at or diminished, all of which are unprofessional behaviors.


  6. "I wish it would have paid more"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    The job itself, PTO was great

    Cons

    Pay is limited and PhDs compete for entry level positions


  7. "Postdoc- good place"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Hershey, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, a ton of research support, and a nice area to live in.

    Cons

    full disclosure, I'm in a lab with an amazing PI and a PPG award that I'm working on. So my view may be a little bias.

  8. "Great co-workers, busy hospital"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine part-time

    Pros

    My coworkers were so incredibly helpful as mentors and what I should do following college.

    Cons

    It is a busy environment, need to be really organized which is something I struggled with but also I think that is where management is lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Get more organized and structured especially to student employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penn State College of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    * Great benefits and retirement.
    * Meet kind and intelligent people.

    Cons

    * Poor training.
    * Unhelpful supervisor.
    * Mediocre research.
    * The HR are not helpful.
    * Highly favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the employees that want to make a difference in this company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not Recommended"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hershey, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You occasionally meet kind or intelligent people

    Cons

    A lot of inefficient and unhelpful faculty and staff.
    Poor training.
    Mediocre scientific research.
    Heavily political environment with researchers saying negative things about each other behind each others backs to peers and inferior employees.
    Frequent sexual harassment by superior faculty members that think they are untouchable due to their tenure.
    Bad HR department.