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Wistar Institute Reviews

Updated June 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The Wistar Rats"

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    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Wistar Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smaller tight knit family of researchers with access to almost everything UPenn has to offer.

    Cons

    Same cons as being a post-doc at any institution. Lousy pay, crazy hours, difficult to start a family in this line of work. Your experience probably depends more on your mentor than the institution.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen relationship with UPenn, its an invaluable asset. Sponsor activities with UPenn post-docs to provide better networking opportunities.


  2. "Good first job"

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

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance options, common use equipment and core facilities are great resources, lots of opportunities to meet other scientists

    Cons

    If you have a problem with your current lab, it does not seem feasible to move to another lab easily as the PI you work with pays your salary.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to voice concerns without the fear of retribution

  3. "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


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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?


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "senior accountant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accounts Payable Associate in Erial, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Accounts Payable Associate in Erial, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wistar Institute (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    some people are nice

    Cons

    too much upper management people

  8. "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!


  9. "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.


  10. "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


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