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Temple University Philadelphia Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Worked with some of the best people I ever worked with, numerous intelligent people, great work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits, especially tuition remission (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of communication between full-time faculty and adjuncts, no health or dental benefits, no hierarchical pay scale for contract employees (in 8 reviews)

  • As a student worker (not through the proram) you still receive low pay (in 13 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "A fast growing research based school"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great location. The university has been growing steadily. A lot of new buildings are open in the main campus

    Cons

    Safety concerns because of the neighbourhood.


  2. "Work Study"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Temple University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are flexible, as expected for a work study.

    Cons

    Different offices have a tendency to merge, and, for whatever reason, instead of training current employees, administration will fire and replace them with new people they'll have to train anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees you appreciate them, even if they're easily replaceable students.


  3. "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Assistant in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Circulation Desk Assistant in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful working environment for all

    Cons

    Strict scheduling when it comes to missing a shift


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  5. "Great benefits and job security, conservative administration"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees have a great deal of job security and tuition remission, 401(k) and healthcare benefits are great. There is a winter break holiday on top of regular holidays and vacation time is ample. Work-life balance is good. There are opportunities for lifelong learning, and human resources training is wonderful. Certain managers are great. It is difficult to be fired or dismissed.

    Cons

    Administrative units and colleges tend to operate in silos, so the culture is inconsistent. In my administrative department there seem to be many conservative values and lack of strategic planning, though this is not true of the University as a whole. While employee loyalty is appreciated, it is also important to hold everyone equally accountable to their job duties, and this is not always done. I am not valued by some as a female manager.

    Advice to Management

    Be more progressive and honor hard work and sacrifice. When employees with behavior or performance problems are retained, it negatively affects the whole department.


  6. "Adjunct Professor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Temple University part-time

    Pros

    Flexible, good students. Lots of opportunity to teach. No need for Ph.D. Both day and night courses. great facilities.

    Cons

    not much training. You are a little on your own with the curriculum. Sometimes courses can have too many students

    Advice to Management

    Should try to help the new faculty prepare more for the teaching. Currently adjunct are thrown into the course without much preparation. First time teaching is a steep learning curve so some support is important


  7. "Perfect for Freshman & Sophomores"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Student Worker in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Temple University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super convenient for students, great way to get to know administrators and learn about Temple processes, depending on which office you're in the work might be minimal.

    Cons

    Low pay, not very exciting or challenging, very difficult to navigate the student jobs portal system if you don't already know an administrator/ someone in the office.

    Advice to Management

    A small increase in pay and responsibilities could make student worker jobs more prestigious


  8. "adjunct 'professor', Intensive English Language Program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Temple University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great "kids", relative autonomy for lesson planning and the myriad other things that are often over"managed" by admin.

    Cons

    Great hourly pay BUT, they keep you under 18 hours / week so TU doesn't have to pay benefits, etc. = at full 18 credit teaching load = about, or less than, $500 / week take home. Try living on that in PhilaPA.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to pay teachers a living wage (higher wage, more hours, whatever ... )


  9. "Adjunct"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Professor in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy work for a few hours a week teaching a class.

    Cons

    Terrible pay. No support or structure. No feedback on progress by faculty. No one really cares.

    Advice to Management

    Too much apathy.


  10. "contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Temple University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone in the department I worked in were very pleasant and helpful

    Cons

    I didn't have any negative experiences

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. "Research intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Temple University as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Economic Department in the Liberal Arts College

    Cons

    Undergraduate research positions are typically unpiad


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