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University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  • There very little room for advancement (in 13 reviews)

  • Salary is less then competitive, work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Located in the heart of Philly
    People very nice and friendly

    Cons

    Reduced number of staff positions


  2. "Analyst position"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (including tuition package) and my colleagues were great.

    Cons

    The building I was in was not that great in terms of amenities.

    Advice to Management

    Interview candidates more thoroughly and provide training in a more structured manner.

  3. "Red & Blue Caller"

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

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

    Pros

    They have great Flexible hours

    Cons

    They do Not have many breaks.


  4. "Easy, No Forward Motion"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy, minimal customers, great time to complete other tasks, on your feet half the time.

    Cons

    Low wage, no room to move forward, no feel of team

    Advice to Management

    Create an atmosphere that worker is needed


  5. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Research Institution, Working remotely (from home)

    Cons

    Demanding, high time commitment, difficult parking


  6. "Great School"

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    most Faculty really cares about the success of each student

    Cons

    lack of dental on the insurance

    Advice to Management

    make dental more affordable/free at the dental school.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Development Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Contractor - Development Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic work environment, upbeat managers and team, and also flexible within business hours considering that I worked as a work-study student. Very forgiving when it came to exams, interviews, etc.

    Cons

    No system in place to know if a co-worker is readily available or away from their desk (such as an Instant Messaging system), which can occasionally slow down progress.

  8. "A great opportunity to build up research CV"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A lot of research freedom and funding without the requirement to teach
    - An impressive group of faculty and stimulating lab meetings to attend
    - Easy to reach via public transportation
    - Beautiful campus

    Cons

    - Everyone is so impressive that it can be intimidating sometimes


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not reccommended"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relativly nice campus, free access to the museum for employees.

    Cons

    Full of entitled, self involved eletists with absolutly no idea how to interact with people less privilaged than they are. Good luck advancing in any way if happen not to be there "type".


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Program director"

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    Former Employee - Program Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Program Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You are associated with an Ivy League

    Cons

    The university has horrendous racist and sexist human resource practices. If this were not a world renown university the lawsuits they face would be public and they would be forced to close their doors.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your staff. Women and people of color in particular.


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