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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg part-time

    Pros

    You get to create your own classes, and they show you a lot of respect. PhD students are treated as junior colleagues rather than slave labor. The insurance package for graduate assistants is fantastic. They also pay their GAs much better than many other universities.

    Cons

    It's unfortunate that most PhDs can't get more than two-year funding packages.

  2. "Graduate assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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    I worked at Penn State Harrisburg part-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Supervisors easy to reach. Great and friendly environment. Flexible schedule of work.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to work as a team member.

  3. "Barista"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends

      I worked at Penn State Harrisburg part-time

      Pros

      Flexible, you don't have to know how to make drinks because they will teach you

      Cons

      I don't see anything bad about working here

    • Helpful (1)

      "Student Help Desk Operator"

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      Current Employee - Manager 
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      Neutral Outlook

      I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg part-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Great work environment for a student

      Cons

      Can get busy during first couple weeks

    • Helpful (1)

      "Declining with time"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend

      I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg

      Pros

      Benefits, academic environment, competent colleagues

      Cons

      Salary, cost of benefits is increasing, poor work-life balance due to unmanaged growth and administration's insistence on ignoring pleas for relief.

      Advice to Management

      Administration insists that the student to employee ratio is consistent with years past, but conveniently ignores the impact that new positions have on the overall ratio. Looking at one type of office, the same (or fewer) number of people are being asked to support more students. This is unsustainable.

    • "Grad Assistant"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
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      Neutral Outlook

      I worked at Penn State Harrisburg

      Pros

      Good salary and health benefits.

      Cons

      Some grad assistants only get a year of tuition remission and funding.

      Advice to Management

      Make things less bureaucratic.

    • "Convenient for Students"

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      Current Employee - Deli/Salad Bar Food Handler in Lawrenceville, NJ
      Recommends

      I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg for more than a year

      Pros

      Walking distance, it's right on campus, and it's convenient

      Cons

      Minimum wage, low staff, and poor food options for employees.

    • "Undergraduate Research Assistant."

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      Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Camp Hill, PA

      I worked at Penn State Harrisburg for more than a year

      Pros

      I have worked at PSH as a research assistant during my senior year. some of the good things: - Reachable Professors. - Good staff. - Great opportunities for undergraduate students looking to enhance their research skills.

      Cons

      - Pay rate is very law. - Not enough facilities for research work. - Benefits are limited and cost a lot to have them. - Food is so expensive and limited choices.

      Advice to Management

      - More research facilities for college of engineering. - More TAs and lab technicians. - Stacks are doing horrible job. So food service needs improvements.

    • Helpful (2)

      "Overall good, but bad management made it unbearable"

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      Former Employee - Educational Program Associate in Middletown, PA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Penn State Harrisburg full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      Great benefits. Generous paid time off for both vacation and sick. Wonderful tuition reimbursement. Get a degree while you are there. Everything you need on a college campus is there, good food service, excellent library, and fully stocked student union with racquetball, pool, and other work out options. Friendly and helpful co-workers. Your happiness really depends on your direct manage.r

      Cons

      Upper management is stuck in the "We are Penn State" mentality. Not willing to look at the new changing face of higher education. Can be very hierarchical and the bureaucracy is nearly crippling innovation. Pay is below average for other similar places. Nearly impossible to move up in the organization.

      Advice to Management

      Get rid of some of the policies that stifle innovation. Empower staff and faculty to present new ideas. Offer chances for moving up for people who advance their degrees. It's why I left. I had a new masters degree and I was neither rewarded or thanked for my additional contributions.

    • Helpful (3)

      "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg full-time

      Pros

      Mostly great and caring co-workers who work hard to make sure students are successful. Benefits are still very good and the academic atmosphere and educational benefits encourage growth.

      Cons

      Very hierarchical, outdated management styles, lots of ego, seems stuck in the past glory days and blind to the rapidly changing world of higher education

      Advice to Management

      Put some that cutting edge research into practice in your own institution! Implement 360 evaluation and cut some dead weight.

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