University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated May 7, 2021

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Pros
  • "Great benefits and work enviroment(in 161 reviews)

  • "Friendly and positive work environment(in 113 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "No retirement matching for postdocs(in 50 reviews)

  • "You trade good work-life balance and benefits for sub-par pay(in 34 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing

      May 7, 2021 - Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      Amazing place to work with great people

      Cons

      None at all if I am honest

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great research hub

      May 7, 2021 - Senior Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      Some of the best talents, great research infrastructure

      Cons

      Fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Need to deliver on time

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      great place

      May 6, 2021 - Medical Assistant in Phila, PA
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      Pros

      You get to meet ppeople from all walks of life

      Cons

      they will put anyone in management without training

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Place to Work, Helps to have an "in"

      Dec 29, 2020 - Research Specialist B in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      UPenn is a great place to work overall. It is so easy to network and make connections that will last. There is always room to grow and there are constant education opportunities no matter what position you are in. No matter where you are on campus there is always something going on. Many perks including workshops, networking events, and access to on-campus happenings. The health insurance is great and they matched up to 5% towards retirement when I was there. There is also an annual review which UPenn requires you to have with your manager. I think this is great because it allows you to see where you are doing well and what needs improvement.

      Cons

      To get the position I had, I was lucky enough to know someone who lead me to the job and put in a good word for me to the hiring manager. It is sometimes difficult to get your resume in for certain positions due to the HR system blocking your resume if you appear to not be "qualified" enough. I did not have an extensive research background, but I was thankfully given a chance and I excelled at my position. Another con is the annual "raise" aka "cost of living increase" which is usually only about 2%. I always felt like I deserved more than the average, but it all comes down to funding which is what most labs are run by. It is also extremely difficult to get a raise or increase in salary because HR runs everything.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      good places to study

      May 5, 2021 - PhD Student in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      very well educated crew to work with

      Cons

      it is not super save in philadelphia

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Graduate Research Assistant

      May 5, 2021 - Graduate Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      Learned a lot and got exposure to great academics

      Cons

      Short-term roles and ended on graduation

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good academic

      May 5, 2021 - Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      High outcome, motivational, good team members

      Cons

      Campus in the city, do not have much school environment

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Top class research facilities

      May 5, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      Excellent research, collaborative environment, nice staff

      Cons

      Food or Cafeteria options are limited

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Prestigious and well-resourced.

      Apr 21, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      The Annenberg School for Communication (where I work) is a wonderfully supportive group of colleagues, not to mention one of the top places for communications research in the world.

      Cons

      I don't particularly enjoy living in Philadelphia.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      people is great but equipment sucks

      May 7, 2021 - Senior Research Investigator in Philadelphia, PA
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      Pros

      People are really nice. Great life/ work balance

      Cons

      the equipments are old. need to get creative

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