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Pros
  • "The benefits are great and allow you to get healthcare from all the university's clinics/practices/hospital.(in 379 reviews)
  • "There is always room to climb in carrer positions and you meet lots of great people.(in 169 reviews)
  • "Academia has extremely flexible hours and a laid(in 87 reviews)
  • "Many opportunities to participate in clinical studies and collaborate with clinical scientists.(in 58 reviews)
  • "great work life balance here(in 50 reviews)
Cons
  • "Starting pay is low and it is hard to move up to higher paying positions without an advanced degree(in 207 reviews)
  • "Low salary if you are not in the tenure or if you are not an MD(in 150 reviews)
  • "management esp admin is poor and inefficient(in 53 reviews)
  • "Parking is expensive; commute can be long depending on where you live; take a while to get hired(in 41 reviews)
  • "The competitive culture can make it hard to feel at home(in 28 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    good

    May 26, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    good, excellent, happy, collaborative, nice

    Cons

    nothing, absolutely nothing to complain about

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  2. 3.0
    Current Employee

    Top School but tricky place

    May 23, 2022 - PhD Candidate 
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    Pros

    - Great resources and libraries - Philadelphia - Access to ALL departments with excellent faculty - Great people in general - A few good and engaged faculty - Great health insurance - Its Cons are SO many that make you a very resilient person

    Cons

    - Architecture School Ph.D. program lacks faculty -- mainly engaged faculty in History and Theory -- with solid experience advising students with effectiveness and at the highest level. - Too many prima-donnas, self-centered people, and gossip/games. - Lack of an honest debate and openness to the school at large; cosmetic 'engagement' actions. - Isolation from peer schools and departments. As a Ph.D. candidate, you have to move around and solve WAY too many problems by yourself. - Economic offer for Ph.D. students is bad and non-realistic for a school like this and compared with all Ph.D. programs at Penn. - The Architecture Department's Direction does not value or support the Ph.D. program or students. - Power struggles between faculty constantly trickle down

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Your experience depends on the lab you work for

    May 18, 2022 - Research Specialist A in Philadelphia, PA
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    Pros

    The lab I work for is amazing. The culture is very inclusive, and I feel my best when I come to work every day. The resources are incredible, and the tuition coverage has also been a great benefit.

    Cons

    UPenn is a large bureaucracy, so you have to jump through a ton of hoops to get anything done outside of lab. Promotions and raises based on merit that would typically happen pretty quickly at other companies take forever and require lots of follow up. If your PI is good about it, you can get a raise, but there are plenty of research staff who don’t get promoted because their PI’s don’t want to go through the trouble. It’s like Penn doesn’t want to keep talented research staff around by paying them a fair market rate.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Nice

    May 26, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Nice place to work at.

    Cons

    Low pay for student workers

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Lab and center dependent

    May 22, 2022 - Clinical Research Coordinator II 
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    Pros

    The culture of the center/lab is important for quality of work for the same job.

    Cons

    The pay is lower for CRC as compared with other options in Philadelphia

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  6. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Assistant Director of Development

    May 24, 2022 - Assistant Director of Development 
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    Pros

    Excellent professional development opportunities and support.

    Cons

    No cons applicable for this position.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Community

    May 16, 2022 - Lecturer 
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    Pros

    I appreciate being part of the Penn Community for professional (academic), social, and infrastructure reasons.

    Cons

    As with all large, prestigious, and wealthy institutions, the Univerity is often cavalier with its employees in the greatest position of precarity. On more than a few occasions, the university has failed to pay me in a timely manner (sometimes 6 mos at a time) as my contract has fallen between administrative cracks. I am not salaried.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Great work-life balance and benefits

    May 8, 2022 - Financial & Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
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    Pros

    You really feel taken care of if you're a full-time salaried employee. The benefits are great and allow you to get healthcare from all the university's clinics/practices/hospital. I never experienced pressure to work overtime or mandatory social events outside work hours. Great professional boundaries. Little to no micromanaging.

    Cons

    You have to be okay with university culture. University systems can be frustrating decentralized.

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  9. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Nice working atmosphere

    May 19, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great university with tuition benefits for employers. Great for employers' professional development.

    Cons

    The working environment is more business but less casual compared to other universities.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Research in radiology

    May 15, 2022 - Junior Analyst in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Great place to get exposure to medical analytics within radiology. Really helped my career as an early graduate

    Cons

    Working academia is not really financially rewarding but you can get a lot of knowledge and publishing experience

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University of Pennsylvania Reviews FAQs

University of Pennsylvania has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5, based on over 3,659 reviews left anonymously by employees. 86% of employees would recommend working at University of Pennsylvania to a friend and 69% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, University of Pennsylvania employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at University of Pennsylvania. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

86% of University of Pennsylvania employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated University of Pennsylvania 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 4.1 for career opportunities.

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