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Updated February 15, 2018
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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to work, love the campus

    Cons

    Commuting is a hassle, buildings get confusing


  2. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, good science, good location

    Cons

    Large program size, funding for grad programs decreasing

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    great mentorship opportunities, lab invested in me

    Cons

    pay was lower than it should have been


  4. "work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Not for profit, educational institution. Break between Christmas and New year.

    Cons

    Not much growth opportunities within the Department.


  5. "Student"

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One Receives an Ivy League Education
    Strong Alumni Network
    World-class academics
    Opportunities for professional growth and development
    Vibrant background city of Philadelphia

    Cons

    High workload
    High volume and intensity of coursework
    Herd mentality into finance, consulting, and computer science
    Dining plans do not offer food of adequate quality

    Advice to Management

    Improved living conditions of the quadrangle student dorms
    Needs improved school spirit, very few students attend sporting events due to extracurricular commitments and high workload


  6. "Student"

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ivy League Education
    Strong Alumni Network
    High growth potential
    World-class academics
    Strong, pre-professional culture with plenty of opportunities to grow
    Vibrant background city

    Cons

    High volume and intense workload
    Herd mentality into Finance, Consulting, and Computer Science
    Dining plans are rather inadequate for the thousands we spend per semester.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the school spirit - very few students attend sporting events, perhaps due to extracurricular commitments or high work load. Improve living conditions of the Quadrangle dormitories.


  7. "graduate teaching fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    high salary and attention from supervisors; many travel funds

    Cons

    atmosphere can be tense at times

  8. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative environment and exciting research

    Cons

    Housing around the area can be pricy


  9. "Web Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Luckily had a mentor that taught me so much about software development and architecture.

    Cons

    Very very breaucratic. My coworkers were unqualified and just waited for the clock to run out. Very high turnover. Lots of politics.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to reduce the red tape. Create programs or activities to break up the monotony. Forget trying to convert a legacy monolith to rails. It doesn't work.


  10. "Summer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, the work is necessary and admirable and making the world a better place, and the work-life balance is great and very manageable.

    Cons

    It was a slightly slow work pace and didn't pay incredibly, though the fact that it paid an undergraduate summer intern at all as a nonprofit is commendable.


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