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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Graduate Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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
    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


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Student Help Desk Operator"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment for a student

    Cons

    Can get busy during first couple weeks


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Declining with time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.


  6. "Grad Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  7. "Convenient for Students"

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

    I have been working at Penn State Harrisburg (Less 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.

  8. "Undergraduate Research Assistant."

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Penn State Harrisburg (Less 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overall good, but bad management made it unbearable"

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

    I worked at Penn State Harrisburg full-time (More than 5 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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.