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Penn State University Reviews

Updated January 21, 2019
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  • "Middle of nowhere" location, lower pay, insular thinking" (in 23 reviews)

  • "Penn State is in a small town and middle of nowhere" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in State College, PA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good management, nice atmosphere. Students

    Cons

    I bit secluded town. Don't see other cons.


  2. "Constructive Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    - Good hours
    - Caring supervisors
    - Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    - No guarantee of continued employment

  3. "Awesome place to work and study"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and a facility to get paid for all the overtime hours you bill

    Cons

    I haven't encountered any cons at my position

    Advice to Management

    Keep it as it is


  4. "Great research environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    School of Engineering has solid reputation, good research environment and facilities.

    Cons

    Compensations for graduate students can be better


  5. "Flexible Environment but Isolating"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher

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

    Pros

    Postdoc experiences vary widely depending largely on your supervisor. For me the pros at PSU is a flexible schedule. Additionally, I've been able to expand my skillset using the wide range of PSU resources like free access to Lynda.com.

    Cons

    Postdoc positions can be very isolating - no matter where you are located. For PSU, in particular, you have to be aware of the football schedule as it will influence your life in the Fall. Another downside is the town itself, very small and almost everyone is associated with the university in some way.


  6. "Good place to live, not the best for researchers"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in State College, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in State College, PA

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

    Pros

    Good place to live, convenient facilities

    Cons

    Not the best place to do research or stufy


  7. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University part-time

    Pros

    Enjoyable experience as a student researcher.

    Cons

    None to mention for this workplace.

  8. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time

    Pros

    Very intellectual group of people, large university

    Cons

    Very small town, mostly college students


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Bureaucracy and red tape at its best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Penn State University full-time

    Pros

    Time off between Christmas and New Year's, the people

    Cons

    Pay is embarrassing, many people work hard to get in to Penn State, only to realize it's not all its cracked up to be. Multiple early retirements have been offered and people have not been replaced.

    Advice to Management

    They're not going to listen anyway. The motto is "This is how we've always done it."


  10. "Customer Service Representative 1"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative I
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative I
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Penn State University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Lots of time off! The 3 months off in the summer, week off for thanksgiving, 2.5 weeks off in the winter and week off for spring break was incredible! Such a rarity too! This job is ideal for people who have a side job or a parent that wants more time with their kid(s).

    2) The mid-level management staff are wonderful! I miss them dearly! Most of them worked their way up and can relate to the employees they supervise.

    3) Free snacks and drinks and a meal every single shift ( if you work in residential dining.)

    4) Light workload and great work/life balance.

    Cons

    1) Low salary. I would have stayed if they offered me a higher salary.

    2) No opportunities for career advancement. It's very difficult to make it to CSR level 2 or 3 since those jobs are so scarce compared to level 1 and rarely open up. You have to be in the right place at the right time to move up.

    3) The job was sort of a "bait and switch." I only ended up doing about 10% of the tasks listed in the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Update the job descriptions to match the actual duties.