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Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "Understanding Fun Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commons Desk Clerk in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Commons Desk Clerk in University Park, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible with class schedule
    Pay is pretty good

    Cons

    Training doesn't always prepare for what is expected with

    Advice to Management

    More detailed training


  2. "Large village unto itself - Work experiences will vary greatly by area"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in University Park, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in University Park, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent educational community. On campus there is a diverse and accepting population and a strong ethic towards volunteerism and giving of time and talent towards charity efforts.

    The students and the mission of the University provide a great sense of contributing towards something valuable. You have the opportunity to make a positive impact on young lives and returning veterans and adults. The enthusiasm of the student body is encouraging.

    The range and depth of academic expertise across a very wide range of disciplines is impressive and overflows into local life with plays, music concerts, science talks in the local draft pubs, and plenty of other ways in which the level of expertise that comes to Penn State enriches the local community.

    It is a small, isolated area, however if you love mountains and lakes and fishing and hiking, there is a large percentage of the population that is very active in all that this area offers for outdoor adventures. There is a lot of energy for environmental activism and conservation; responsible hunting, fishing and wildlife management; and public transportation and bike trail options are fantastic.

    Cons

    The salaries are low compared to other opportunities. That used to be offset by an excellent benefits packages and opportunities for flexible work arrangements, however budgetary constraints recently have seen those other benefits decline.

    There are areas of the University (as would be true in any large educational institution) where there is a very toxic workplace. Do check first to see if there have been a series of complaints filed against certain behaviors, and if they've been reported, believe them before accepting a job. Know that there are areas where serious personnel problems do exist.

    Very difficult bureaucracy to navigate, and it keeps itself perpetuated. That bureaucracy is also part of an ingrained "good-ol-boy" system that the University is working very consistently to address in a positive manner. I've seen clear examples of times when management doesn't hire or bring in new talent that may have physical disabilities or may be the wrong gender and reporting violations of federal laws is still discouraged in certain units.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just give lip service to improving the workplace environment, particularly in the case of workplace ethics. Actually follow through and hold the executives and managers accountable for doing the right things for the employees and setting the right example.

    Reward exceptional behavior and allow for merit raises that are earned.

  3. "Pretty decent for a STEM public University."

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty countryside and campus, decently large and high quality research funding and program in STEM.

    Cons

    University services such as the physical plant, computing resources, and admissions are toxic and incompetent. Second-hand anecdotes that it stems from upper management toxicity.


  4. "Great good best better"

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    Current Employee - Student Worker in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Student Worker in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    Flexible timings and long hours

    Cons

    Not al lot but its time consuming


  5. "Penn State is a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Good experimental facilities
    2. Friendly working environment

    Cons

    1. No big city nearby
    2. Cold weather

    Advice to Management

    1. Enhance the employee benefits
    2. Enhance the office facility


  6. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A wonderful place to work at.

    Cons

    There are none as per my experience.


  7. "Penn state's environment"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Ssistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Ssistant in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    supportive, great environment to work in, friendly staff, great town

    Cons

    being far from large cities (middle of no where) so it's hard to connect with professionals and companies

  8. "friendly environment, lots of potential"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in University Park, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist in University Park, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Penn State University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy my day at Penn State. It's a very friendly community. The academic is also great.

    Cons

    It's quite isolate. I know that there are more activity that bring people from outside to give perspective of real world work.


  9. "PSU"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Penn State University, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Penn State University, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My program is excellent. I'm supposed to be working 20 hours a week but it's more like 10-15 hours. My advisor is completely supportive and understanding of obstacles like illness and classwork.

    Cons

    The salary is still really low. Luckily, I have a federal grant and summer teaching to make up the difference, but that's not true for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investigating ways to improve salary and health benefits. $15,070/year is truly low for 2017.


  10. "Great university research lab"

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in State College, PA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in State College, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Get to work on a wide variety of projects with enthusiastic coworkers. As a university lab, there are discounts for continuing education at Penn State. Fantastic benefits.

    Cons

    Difficult bureaucracy at times. Can be confusing to handle contracts with customers. But this is not uncommon in this field.


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