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Updated January 17, 2019
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  • "Not much room for advancement - people don't vacate positions" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Low salary coupled with tiny pay raises tgat get consumed by benefit cost" (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Good job with good pay"

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    Former Employee - Overnight IT Help Desk in Johnstown, PA
    Former Employee - Overnight IT Help Desk in Johnstown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    pretty good pay for a part time job
    help me keep my grades up with late night studying

    Cons

    computer labs would be dead
    would be boring at times


  2. "Great employer overall. Specific job and department less so."

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    Former Employee - Janitor/Cleaner in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Janitor/Cleaner in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits including retirement, medical, education. My job paid well for the type of work, but I can't speak for non unionized workers.

    Cons

    The facilities department went through some much needed changes before I left, but a few of mid level supervisors are incompetent, and overcompensate by being very mean and unpleasant to their subordinates. This can make an already difficult and unfulfilling job, soul crushing. The vast majority of them are all very nice and supportive, as long as you do your work.

    Advice to Management

    Good management doesn't result in a great workforce 100% of the time, but bad management ripples through the workforce and effects everything negatively. Start with good people up top, not just people who know the campus, and get them to treat their employees with respect. It's not the type of job that people find interesting, but people can take pride in their work if you allow them to enjoy it, and feel dignified while they do it.

  3. "Pre and Post Award Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, terrific benefits

    Cons

    Not many cons. If you do your job then you'll be fine!!


  4. "Nice people and benefit"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really nice benefits, job security.

    Cons

    Location in the hill, hard to climb up there.


  5. "Great benefits, slow bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits, educational benefits and infertility insurance.

    Cons

    Big and slow for innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline.


  6. "Teaching Assistance"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Graduate Teaching Assistant in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Professors are cooperative and helful.

    Cons

    I didn't encounter any cons working as a TA at PITT.


  7. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    good work environment low living cost

    Cons

    salary is low few job opportunity

  8. "Great Job!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Pittsburgh part-time

    Pros

    The Department of Biomedical Informatics was a great place to work. The staff was friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.


  9. "Transportation"

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

    Pros

    nice people, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    low pay, bad management, unorganized


  10. "Decent Intentions but Crippled by Bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at University of Pittsburgh full-time

    Pros

    -Solid educational atmosphere provides many different paths of study IF you know where to look. MUST be completely self motivated as help is not forthcoming

    Cons

    -Bureaucracy is utterly stifling, nothing can ever get done unless it is exactly in line with Executive-level personal politics

    - Management and administration is of inconsistent competence (to be diplomatic)

    - Low wages and practical oppression of adjuncts