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Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Work-life balance is challenging in a very competitive environment (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "Admin Assistant"

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

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    wonderful colleagues and great benefits

    Cons

    lack of development opportunities and low pay


  2. "Postdoctoral Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Great intellectual community. Very good benefits. Awesome city.

    Cons

    Fine pay for a post-doc, but not great for a person with a PhD.

  3. "Team Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania full-time

    Pros

    Awesome staff and work environment with lots of perks + great summer experience

    Cons

    nothing that I can think of!


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing Research Experience! Cutting-edge work!

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  5. "Open and positive work environment"

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    Current Employee - Library Services Assistant
    Current Employee - Library Services Assistant
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Library is unionized, not every job is though

    Cons

    Too little formal job training


  6. "Administrative Coordinator but held various other positions at Penn"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good vacation time including week between XMAS & New Years, decent sick policy,
    Health insurance is OK - not the worst but not the best considering the access to medical school, Schie Eye and Dental School. Decent tuition benefits if you want to get your undergraduate degree. Decent tuition benefits for your child. Some benefits like disability and sick time have been improved so it is a start - they are looking at paid family leave - will see how that goes

    Cons

    No room for advancement, management needs some people training, low pay, not very flexible - they talk a good game with flexible working conditions but try getting them is a whole other story. Performance management is a joke - does not really matter if you are a stellar employee or a just meets requirements employee - everyone gets the same raise so there is no incentive to be a stellar employee as you will not get a higher raise and rarely are there opportunities to be promoted. Very much depends on which part of the university you work - each school is like it's own fiefdom with little fiefdoms within them - very decentralized system with their own rules and regulations. Pretty much most of HR duties has been outsourced - apply for jobs online only, all benefits applications are outsourced so you are not really sure what exactly Penn's remaining HR folks do - they have a whole compensation department that looks at reclassifying positions - good luck with that - rarely does a reclassification to a higher level occur. If you are really good at your job - management wants to keep you locked into that job and even internal promotions are hard to come by as they want to keep you locked down into your current position. Some resistance to change by people that have been at Penn for a long time (I myself have been here for 25+ years and have worked in 3 different areas at Penn).

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value your good, long term employees - they know what they are doing. Some manager really, really micromanage - not a great idea if you want to keep good employees - no one likes someone constantly looking over your shoulder! Start to pay better - you used to work at Penn for the benefits and knew the pay was lower that for profit corps, however, many other places in the PHilly area now offer the same or better benefits than Penn (that is why Penn is no longer on the list of best places to work in Philly) and Penn still has not come up to speed in competitiveness with other Philly area employers


  7. "Admin Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    It is a beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Toxic, bitter colleagues and higher-ups make for a horrible environment.

  8. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and boss. Thorough training and continuous support.

    Cons

    Wish it was easier to get Full-Time positions.


  9. "Part-time research assistant"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    - Really smart and happy coworkers
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - The pay is low
    - Intensive research work


  10. "Technology Consultant"

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

    I worked at University of Pennsylvania part-time

    Pros

    Best Place to work at

    Cons

    Cant really say any bad things about my alma mater.


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