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Updated November 21, 2018
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  1. "Postdoctoral scholar"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic research environment, good teaching environment. Obviously depends on where you "land", but there are more seminars, research activities, and resources than you would have time for... Health benefits are decent.

    Cons

    I currently get paid the minimum for postdoc with my experience (pay structure available online). Again depending on where you land, there may or may not be support for research / teaching: You'd have to actively search for it.


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    "posdoc at Penn"

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

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

    Pros

    very professional environment , great scientists, beautiful campus

    Cons

    honestly no cons. I had a great experience there

    Advice to Management

    more food courts would be nice

  3. "World class university"

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great university and a great city

    Cons

    I can't think of a downside


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    the research atmosphere is good

    Cons

    the community is not safe


  5. "Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    -Amazing, intelligent, and hard-working people

    Cons

    -Work is repetitive after a while


  6. "good place to launch a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    very strong atmosphere on collaboration

    Cons

    very high pressure, no work life balance


  7. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Pros

    Amazing Facilities and Research equipment in a collaborative environment. Benefits for Postdoctoral Fellows are competitive with other institutions

    Cons

    Not designed for career development if you are not interested in becoming faculty at an R1 institution.

  8. "Graduate Student"

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    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere, great resources, top notch biomedical research

    Cons

    Very urban, which isn’t for everyone


  9. "As a postdoc it all depends on your Professor and how he runs the lab"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can be a rewarding research experience and great lab environment, depending on the lab. In terms of funding, School of Medicine generally have enough, while for example, Chemistry department labs can be pretty broke.

    Cons

    Can be hostile environment, depending on the lab. I've seen it both ways here. While funding may or may not be great, the postdoc salary remains poor, although this is the case in most other places anyway.
    There is very little communication between research groups. It is both the closed architecture of space, enormous size of institution, University culture, and maybe something else, that makes people and labs pretty alienated here.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage labs and stuff people to interact more often;
    Give postdocs free access to gym


  10. "Prestige University with few benefits for Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    UPenn has prestige fame. Outstanding atmosphere for research, education. Talented and knowledgeable researchers propelling scientific advancement.

    Cons

    Benefits for postdoc is very basic. Tax is very high. Most postdoc need to pay outrageous money for their dependents, if they have. Safety is also a concer


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