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Updated November 16, 2017
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  • Salary is less then competitive, work/life balance (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Research Assistant"

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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

    Very good environment and colleagues.

    Cons

    No cons in fact, at least from my point of view

    Advice to Management

    no


  2. "Fun Work Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    Easy-going environment--lots of feedback from management, but no independence

    Cons

    lack of organization within the hiearachy

    Advice to Management

    more ogranization

  3. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    My manager was excellent - she cared about me, and my career development, and made an effort (beyond her job description) to give me really helpful career advice. Other managers within the department were great also, and all the employees really help each other out and work as a team. Culture is great, supportive rather than competitive, and everyone gets to leave right at 5 every day.

    Cons

    Penn's billing system is a little jacked up - they give you a card and your paychecks go on the card until you set up direct deposit, so your first paycheck might be on this weird card. I was told they are working on changing it though.

    I got a strange corrupt/illuminati vibe. Felt like some of the research projects and initiatives they were working on in my same department were completely unnecessary and already proven scientifically to be ineffective and even detrimental to the population. Felt like there was a push behind everything, but nobody was questioning anything. It was very odd.


  4. "Review for JS"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    Great! I enjoy my time working here.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow but I think they do a good job.


  5. "About Penn"

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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

    Pros

    I love the university cause of careers.

    Cons

    It might be stressful place sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    They could do batter on mental health


  6. "Quality Control Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed, great benefits, great research, closed over the winter break

    Cons

    Low pay, little prospect to advance without an advanced degree.


  7. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Positive working environment, lots of encouragement from immediate management. Lots of resources available.

    Cons

    Big an bureaucratic, can be difficult to navigate. Tends to be silo'd.

  8. "student in PhD program"

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student

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

    Pros

    Positive culture and great location

    Cons

    T.A. requirement, while normal for graduate groups, could be organized better


  9. "PhD candidate"

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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

    Overall research source is good.

    Cons

    Engineering school is not that large


  10. "Accounting Manager"

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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

    Great benefits, little overtime, campus closed over new year's break.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in an educational institution.


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