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University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Reviews

Updated August 14, 2017
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  • Little to no room for advancement (in 15 reviews)

  • Low salary, dealing with students (in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Peer Tutoring/TA -- Good Student Job in Computer Science Department"

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    Former Employee - TA/Peer Tutor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - TA/Peer Tutor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The CS department pays it's TAs and Peer Tutors, and more than minimum wage. I haven't heard of many other departments that compensate as well.
    It's great to be able to practice what you've learned by helping others who are learning the same things.

    Cons

    The spaces we had to work were not always the most conducive as learning environments. We also didn't get much training, just let off the leash and mostly did what we felt was correct.

    Advice to Management

    More training available to students who take up assistant teaching positions would really help increase the quality of the help that can be provided to students.


  2. "Excellent experience"

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    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Media Consultant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great work environment
    meet a lot of new people and they are amazing!

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons working here

  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The University has amazing benefits and a stellar retirement policy.

    Cons

    None about the University as a whole.

    Advice to Management

    When vetting PIs into the research field/laboratory, focus more on personality and interpersonal skills rather than "they have a NIH grant, they're good for hire". A lot of these new investigators have poor communication skills and do not know how to interact with students, staff, and postdocs.


  4. "Research Technician"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment, access to higher education

    Cons

    won't have high yearly increase of salary


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Loyalty only goes one way."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, retirement, academic atmosphere, paid winter break

    Cons

    If you come into this company with little experience and gain significant education and experience while you are there, it won't matter. You are forever wed to the salary you made upon entry. Throughout your time here you will get 10% increases in salary (all based on that initial salary) but will eventually find yourself supervising people who are new to the company and come into the job making way more than you do. There is no loyalty to employees who spend decades at the company developing and honing their skills. You have to leave the company to make the salary of others with the same level of education and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your loyal employees. It is just insulting to be the lowest paid member of your department even though you are the supervisor,


  6. "Job Seeker"

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    Current Employee - Housekeeper in Oakland, PA
    Current Employee - Housekeeper in Oakland, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The University of Pittsburgh is a place that gives back a lot. The have growth in employment opportunities. The staff members are generous, caring and willing to lend a helping hand.

    Cons

    At times you might have an issue with co-workers. The hiring process is really complicated.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage more and communication with temps and full time employees a little better.


  7. "Great Pay"

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    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Fitness Instructor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    best pay you'll find for a group fitness instructor.

    Cons

    Must have gone through Health and Physical Activity Master's program to get this position.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, they're great!

  8. "Graduate Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I'm a Ph.D. student at Pitt, and previously worked there as staff for 2.5 years. Pitt has good benefits, in terms of health and education, and is fairly stable. For a University, it is relatively non-toxic, at least in Psychology where I am.

    Cons

    It is a University, so there is lots of bureaucracy, and the pay sucks.


  9. "Research Staff underpaid for educational expectation"

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    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Research Coordinator in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits; work with smart people

    Cons

    low hiring ranges, extremely inadequate raises, little room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    pay better to attract and keep good employees


  10. "Frazzled!"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    University Culture
    Flexible/understanding management
    Consistently refills bathroom toilet paper

    Cons

    - I have no less than 7 user accounts that are required to work for the University
    -Crippling red tape
    -Frazzled coworkers
    -Inconsistent hours
    -Poor communication (issues are dealt with as they arise, rather than offering good training)
    -Lack of accountability and lots of finger pointing
    -Technical issues out the wazoo (I'm relying on a 15 year old computer)
    -Micro management (careful with your pencil sharpening techniques)

    Advice to Management

    Departments not directly benefiting UPMC are neglected


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