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University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Salary is less then competitive, work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • There very little room for advancement (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits for employee and family members.

    Cons

    No work balance. Too many many meetings to discuss issues, push blame to the lower level. Too many silos and no action to change.

    Advice to Management

    360 feedback and publish it.


  2. "Mathematics Tutor job"

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    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Math Tutor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great administrative staff

    Cons

    Too few hours, No payment if students cancel or don't show up for appointments


  3. "Student"

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    Former Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and majors.

    Cons

    Work intensive over a span of four years.


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  5. "Great atmosphere."

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff.

    Strong leadership.

    For example, one particular office has a very top-down and well integrated hierarchical structure. Supervision was not overbearing and the ability of supervisory staff to give feedback to and assessments of lower-ranking or new employees was fair.

    Cons

    Parking can be difficult.

    For those not native to the Philadelphia area, it may take a while to adjust to the pace of the city itself, which may or may not be reflected in one's office of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Transitioning into a new position could be more specified.


  6. "Research Assistant in Neurobiology Lab"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, kind people, able to learn a lot

    Cons

    Rigorous expectations with regard to learning and keeping up with material


  7. "Liu Lab at McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful if you ask for help, flexible hours as long as you get your job done

    Cons

    Tedious, unfulfilling work, people keep to themselves, desks have no windows and you feel isolated.


  8. "Penn PhD Researcher"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Penn is a great environment and my department at least was incredibly collegial and friendly. Everyone cared about my success and career development.

    Cons

    As a PhD student, there is variability on work expectations and treatment based on what lab you end up in.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Your experience will depend on your immediate supervisor"

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    Current Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Senior Project Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generous PTO, including the week between Xmas and New Years. Great undergraduate tuition reimbursement for spouse or children!

    Cons

    Very little consistency in management style across different departments and offices.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly Staff, Large Employer, Tuition benefits"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Billing in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Billing in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania (More than a year)

    Pros

    Tuition benefits, many resources, overstaffed

    Cons

    not much room for growth in my position


  11. "Excellent Work Study Programs"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work experience, benefits, and flexibility for work life balance.

    Cons

    Response time from full-time upper management

    Advice to Management

    The training programs and support wiki were essential.


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