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University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  1. "Positive Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Great working environment, opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Sometimes it is boring and a little monotonous

    Advice to Management

    Exercise in the middle of the afternoon might bolster creativity


  2. "Amazing University"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate 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

    Great employee benefits and support.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  3. "Great place to work, hard place to get promoted!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University is a wonderful setting with great benefits. The opportunity for advance is great at the mid-level.

    Cons

    Hard to be promoted to Director level. Low pay scale for internal candidates.

    Advice to Management

    Provide career tracks. Make leadership skills a requirement of management. Managers treat it as a second thought, not a priority.


  4. "Part Time at UPenn"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low stress job and wonderful people!

    Cons

    Lower pay than I would like.


  5. "Program Requirement"

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for practicing teaching skills and get to know the undergraduates.

    Cons

    Huge workload when it comes to grading.


  6. "Great work-life balance, benefits, and enrichment, poor pay and zero opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator 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

    Extremely good benefits, stable employer, beautiful campus with amenities and resources, prestigious and culturally significant institution, convenient location. Academia has extremely flexible hours and a laid-back atmosphere, even in busy times. Working in medical research can expose you to a variety of impressive experiences.

    Cons

    Due to the realities of grant funding, academia underpays, can tend to overwork/stretch job descriptions, and has very little opportunity for advancement. Raises are essentially unheard of, in fact are rigidly controlled and discouraged by the HR system, and employees essentially either stagnate or move on. PI's are extremely busy doctors who trend toward a demanding and dismissive/flippant attitude toward delegation, regardless of their people skills.


  7. "About Penn"

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    Current Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    I love the university cause of careers.

    Cons

    It might be stressful place sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    They could do batter on mental health

  8. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Positive working environment, lots of encouragement from immediate management. Lots of resources available.

    Cons

    Big an bureaucratic, can be difficult to navigate. Tends to be silo'd.


  9. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Excellent faculty support. Excellent supplementary funding. Smart colleagues.

    Cons

    West Philadelphia consistently has crime issues.


  10. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Produce great publications and has numerous resources for conducting a wide range of experiments. Core staff are extremely helpful. Prepares you for a career in academia

    Cons

    Postdoctoral salary is minimal pay for the expertise they require and except 60+ hours of work per week. Most postdoc appointments last for 5+ yrs before a position in academia can be found.


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