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University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Reviews

Updated February 27, 2017
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  • Salary is less then competitive, work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • Low pay, no room for advancement (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "My experience working at University of PA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Coordinator B in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Coordinator B in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits (medical, dental, vision, life insurance, retirement savings plan with TIAA Cref and Vanguard), good vacation/paid time off and holidays, and I had a flexible work schedule and the ability to work remotely from home during extra busy times of the year and when the weather was inclement.

    Cons

    If looking to transfer to another unit/department, when applying for jobs, not all posted job openings are truly "open" positions. In my experience, I have learned when a department wishes to promote an internal candidate, the department is still required to post the position as a "job opening," and it must "go through the motions" and screen a few profiles and offer a "few" interviews to at least 3 candidates. I have applied for a number of positions where I was perfectly qualified to handle the responsibilities of the position but I was not granted an interview.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting "sham" job opening listings, or have the listings coded in a way that candidates would know that internal candidates are the top prospects to fill those positions.


  2. "Runs like a corporation."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's Penn! So many benefits as an employee; great place to work; great campus to work on.

    Cons

    Pay not so great; runs very much like a corporation with lots of hierarchy and lines of command to go through. Nothing happens easily there.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more-- they see it all.


  3. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong research and interdisciplinary interactions. Great school reputation which leads to good opportunities in the future.

    Cons

    Competitive environment. Need to work hard to survive.


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  5. "Postdoc review- biology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people passionate about their jobs as educators. Science facilities and cores second to none. Great students at undergraduate and graduate levels

    Cons

    Very competitive although this can drive productivity some suffer a reduced quality of life because of long hours toiling in the lab. High expectations for postdocs.

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  6. "billng clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Billing Clerk in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Billing Clerk in Radnor, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great benefits, good pay, treats employees good

    Cons

    distance I am currently driving

    Advice to Management

    open communication at all times


  7. "Great for people with kids"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Tuition benefits are great. Those with kids wont have a tuition bill.

    Cons

    Management can play games and not be fair in paying you based on your contributions. Youth oriented. Volume of work between two people can be so vast it borders on exploitation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff fairly. Stop promoting your favorites, it harnors resentment and affects productivity.


  8. "Associate Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with great benefits. Lots of opportunity to make a difference, good feedback from supervisors, opportunities to move up. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is a little lower, but benefits are great. Awesome school - really enjoyed working there for 4 years.


  9. "Good Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Veterinarian in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Veterinarian in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large academic university with a variety of job opportunities.

    Cons

    No comment on cons for this employer.


  10. "Teaching Assistant Review"

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience. Very nice working experience.

    Cons

    Lots of work and takes school time. Very nice working experience.


  11. "Great place to work, advancement slow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great academic environment in a great city. Always enriching opportunities to take part in, like guest speakers. Free food is frequent!

    Cons

    Advancement is slow, and while there are lots of interactions with professors and higher-up staff, the division between administrative staff and professors is clear, but perhaps that is how it is in all academic workplaces.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, but make sure employees know the potential for advancement, and possible routes they could take to get there



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