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Wistar Institute Pennsylvania Reviews

Updated March 5, 2017
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  1. "Investigator"

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    Current Employee - Associate Staff Scientist in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Staff Scientist in Phila, PA

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    strong background, dedicated, excellent presentation and communication skills

    Cons

    sometimes a little bit too critical


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits. Close to Wharton and access to U penn facilities.

    Cons

    Too much politics between faculty and board of director. Constantly firing and hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Be stable


  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Congenial atmosphere, lots of useful seminars, and genuinely helpful primary investigators. Several very useful core facilities to aid your research.

    Cons

    A bit too much power in the hands of the administrators and pencil-pushers for my taste. Constant fund-raising activities going on that may sometimes affect your schedule.

    Advice to Management

    NIH salary guidelines are awful for postdocs, but you're more or less stuck with them. Perhaps offer a few more amenities, and don't charge postdocs for insurance?


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "outlook is not good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wistar Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are quite a few very knowledgable scientists around. Good seminars and communications with people from wistar or upenn. Whatever you are working on, there always people you can discuss good science in general.

    Cons

    The direction of the institute has problem. Outstanding program ( gene regulation ) is totally gone. Most of good PIs went to upenn or some where else. The support for basic science becomes much worse than before. Everything depends on translational research and who knows where it goes. upper level of management is bad. The reputation of this institute is going down.


  6. "The research assistant is a laboratory technician, who performs routine lab experiments and tests."

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

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to learn! Friendly co-workers! Lots of lectures on new topics presented by world famous scientists. The place is great for post-docs!

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow if you don't have a PhD degree. Job insecurity because of insufficient funding. Work is sometimes demanding and required extra hours, which are unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Put more efforts on the science side and less on the administration!


  7. "Wistar Review"

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    Current Employee - Wistar Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Wistar Research Assistant in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture and in house collaborations

    Cons

    Salaries are competitive within the academic field, but not with industry.


  8. "Could be so much better"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great history and science; great benefits and decent compensation

    Cons

    very political; very heavy on administration side; HR department does not care about employees

    Advice to Management

    focus more on scientists, especially at the postdoc level


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great potential"

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent scientists and core support

    Cons

    highly political influences can be a problem

    Advice to Management

    rid yourself of corruption


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great science, terrible administration"

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    Current Employee - Development Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Development Officer in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent (though diminishing) benefits.
    Great, dedicated researchers.

    Cons

    Desperately top-heavy
    "Process-based" leadership that conveniently ignores established processes
    No cohesive culture. As old ways are stamped out nothing is left in their place.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with the basic science and enough with the Penn phobia.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Most of your experience depends on your mentor. Only if you get a good one, it will be a great experience."

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    Current Employee - PhD Trainee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - PhD Trainee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wistar Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good infrastructure.

    Cons

    No raise in salary in 3 years, not even a penny.

    Advice to Management

    No policies to avoid destructive behavior of PIs towards trainees. This should be monitored closely, but nobody seems to care at all. Good mentoring is not even evaluated.


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