University of Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated May 30, 2020

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University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann
Amy Gutmann
747 Ratings
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  • "No retirement matching for postdocs(in 46 reviews)

  • "No cons, great experience overall(in 35 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great organization and a stimulating working environment.

    Cons

    Limited parking but great access to public transport.

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-26
  2. "Hard to get in but worth the effort"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Health Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay compared to responsibilities, great co-workers, flexibility throughout the day to compete work as you see fit, good opportunities to do work skills training that are supported by the administration

    Cons

    Need mental toughness to deal with unhappy patients/research subjects, work becomes monotonous

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-25
  3. "Great Experience"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent environment, knowledgeable peers, aring supervisors

    Cons

    Lack of work / life balance Low pay

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-19
  4. "Great place to do research"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher 

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, high quality research institution

    Cons

    Expensive and limited parking space

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-18
  5. "Good benefits, lower pay"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great networking, great benefits, sound work

    Cons

    Lower pay, clique like at times, hard to get things done

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-30
  6. "Good stepping stone for recent college grads"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Research Specialist C 
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, especially health insurance and tution Good experience, especially if you are a recent college grad Easy commute if you live in the West Philly area. Also a lot of public transport options if you don't have a car. Relaxed research environment and lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    You really only take advantage of the full benefits when you are older, married, have kids or are ready to buy a house. Not a lot of benefits catered to young recent college grads. The pay isn't great. Wouldn't really mind it if the benefits made up for the low pay. If you are interested in research and drug development, I advice to get as much experience and take advantage of the education benefits. Then you should apply for a job in Pharma that pays better and has similar benefits. If you are a research specialist, I would advice against staying at the same lab or role for more than a couple years. After a while, there is no more room for upward mobility. You could be earning much more in industry. Sometimes the bureaucracy and red tape is very disorganized and unstructured and could be very frustrating to maneuver. It is very political and you kind of have to "play the game" if you want to advance your career and move up.

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    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-29
  7. "penn"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Assistant in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed working for Penn.

    Cons

    The pay was pretty low.

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-14
  8. "n/a"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Student 

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    good science, good collaboration, good resources

    Cons

    stressful environment, long hours, no weekends

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-12
  9. "Great place"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work at

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-08
  10. "Great Career Starting Point"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent connections and networking opportunities. As a PhD student who was looking to transition to a high tier industry job after graduation, I have found these opportunities to be excellent. Although the pay doesn’t compare to industry of tenure track professor jobs, the stipend is quite good for a PhD program.

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy, but this is to be expected of academia.

    University of Pennsylvania2020-05-08
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