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University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is challenging in a very competitive environment (in 15 reviews)

  • There very little room for advancement (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "RA in Upenn"

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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

    Pros

    Working on campus with wide desk

    Cons

    Just begin to work. No cons found yet


  2. "Mechanic"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great pension and 401

    Cons

    Union is crappy, management has no clue what employees are doing.

    Advice to Management

    pull your head out of the sand

  3. "Penn Dental"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Dental Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Dental Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health Insurance, 401K, Tuition Benefits

    Cons

    Lower Salary than other areas of University, Many added duties with no salary increase, decision makers seem far removed from workers

    Advice to Management

    Present ideas/contributions from staff at manager meetings


  4. "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Highly respected university with world's leading scientists

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, isolated work environment


  5. "Great Employer"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - work life balance is huge at the university
    - ability to pursue higher degree

    Cons

    - difficulty for promotion, must apply to new position for higher pay


  6. "Stable place to work, but also little room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, easygoing environment, beautiful campus, good coworkers

    Cons

    Many employees report not being able to advance up the totem pole. Administration is quite bureaucratic and salary negotiation is almost impossible.


  7. "Physics PhD Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Physics & Astronomy is a very generous department -- lots of food and drink!
    - Very laid-back, which I wasn't expecting from an Ivy League

    Cons

    - Zero work-life balance
    - Huge hostility to unions

    Advice to Management

    Let graduate students organize!

  8. "Associate Director"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package and environment.

    Cons

    Low pay. Independent silos within a huge university.


  9. "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    High quality biomedical research, very collaborative, good for career advancement, everyone was friendly and willing to each other out

    Cons

    low pay in academics, funding can be an issue in some labs

    Advice to Management

    Never had a problem with HR or management or anything like that


  10. "Senior Research Investigator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sn Research Investigator in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sn Research Investigator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good compensation, friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    The carrier opportunities are limited.


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