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Penn State University Employer Reviews

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Fun work environment
WORK STUDY STUDENT (Former Employee), Dunmore, PASeptember 18, 2014
The work environment when I did work with Penn State as a work study was very enjoyable. The ladies in the office were always very nice and fun to work with. They were like a second family to me.
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Engaging atmosphere with a dedication to higher learning.
Graduate Student (Former Employee), State College, PASeptember 18, 2014
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) is committed to providing the best education possible to undergraduate and graduate students alike. It continually seeks to support and drive research forward, remaining competitive by offering a number of valuable resources such as seminar series, core facilities, and productive lab space. Many non-academically – more... focused staff are present to help support innovation and the pursuit of IP, to improve the student quality of life, and to help foster success for faculty and students. Overall, a wonderful place to work that encourages collaboration and learning. – less
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Libarian aide
Student Library Assistant for University's Library (Former Employee), Erie PaSeptember 16, 2014
Pros: location a few seconds from dorm
open the library, and sort books, and reshelf them
learned: responsibility
management: excellent /boss asked me to open the library on many snowy days
co workers; supportive
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Great Place to Work
Penn State Preferences (Former Employee), University Park, PASeptember 13, 2014
Pros: free tickets
Cons: standing a lot
I took people's tickets, and watched the bomb light to make sure it was safe. I watched the gate during the whole game.
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Great Workplace in a Positive Environment
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee), Philadelphia, PASeptember 6, 2014
● Train and mentor new employees to help them improve their technical skills, and ensure compliance with University standards
● Advise faculty, staff, and students on computer related issues such as failing to connect to Penn State Wireless 2.0
● Use innovative technical skills to resolve problems related to hardware and software
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Great Place to Work
Network Administrator (Former Employee), University Park, PAAugust 28, 2014
Great people I worked with and good resources to help learn new things.
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Great experience helping other students with learning material
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee), State College, PAAugust 24, 2014
Pros: great experience, taught a lesson
Cons: paid in college credits
Attended class and helped professor grade papers, come up with lessons and how they could relate to the students in the class.

helped students with their assignments and learning material based on communication science, conflict management, and negotiation
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highly advanced research technologies operated by top tier staff members in their respective fields
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee), Gait Analysis LaboratoryAugust 24, 2014
Primary tasks consisted of preparing the participants for the experiment and managing data collection.
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Easy, but boring
Food Service Associate, Bruno's (Former Employee), Erie, PAAugust 11, 2014
Pros: adaptable schedule, easy
Cons: boring, crowded
This job was easy, mostly by virtue of tons of people working. They split the work up into many different jobs, and have so many people working that you end up pretty much doing that one job most of the time. You can schedule yourself for a different position every day for variety. They post the shifts online and you can select the ones you want. It – more... is very adaptable for the college student schedule. You sign up for steady shifts during the semester, and can pick up any other one time shift that someone requests off. The manager when I worked there was a micro-manager, but she isn't there anymore. The supervisors are good, and student supervisors change almost every year. If you learn all the positions and show up for your shifts, you stand a good chance of getting promoted to student supervisor. – less
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Good organization. Great team to work with.
Student-Campstone Engineering Project (Former Employee), University Park, PAAugust 7, 2014
Information and instructions where clearly provided. It was an excellent oportunity to learn more about the industry and gain hands-on experience.
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Great experience
Intern (Former Employee), Student ActivitiesAugust 4, 2014
Friendly staff, diverse group of students, very flexible with accommodating schedule
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Pressure Free Nice and Clean Enviromnent
Web Designer/Developer Internship (Former Employee), State College, PAAugust 2, 2014
My daily tasks were to design websites for two departments and communicate with staff from both departments. I would love to work there, but too bad, they had no positions open. The management was very professional, I had no problems with any of the staff. Very friendly and helpful people. The toughest part was that 8 hours of inside work. The most – more... enjoyable part was that I was doing what I loved to do. – less
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Fun working experience!
Food Service (Former Employee), North Food DistrictAugust 2, 2014
Pros: discounted food, managers were always praising employees for their hard work, managers were very approachable and caring
Cons: no breaks for students, large amounts of food were composted every shift (very sad)
Working at PSU was my first time working in food service. For my first time, it was a great working experience. Both my managers and co-workers were fun, young-hearted, and very interpersonal. I enjoyed learning things about food service and the preparation.
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Penn State showcases one of the highest numbers of students in the world. It's a reputable school with many resources, assisting student advancement.
Effective Speech Instructor (Former Employee), Lower Burrell, PAJuly 23, 2014
Pros: my alma mater, pay, and assistance from management.
Cons: n/a.
Management was straight-forward with information and likeable. They assisted with helping me meet and exceed student learning outcomes. A graduate of the school, I received a prestigious teaching award and was credited with helping the communications department stand out on the campus.
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Excellent research opportunities, with some ups and downs
Postdoctoral Researcher (Current Employee), University Park, PAJuly 22, 2014
Working at a research lab in a large university like Penn State will vary considerably both between and within departments. Generally speaking I have had good experiences with administrators and with my direct supervisor and co-workers here. However, I do not find my department generally friendly and welcoming. It has a competitive atmosphere, rather – more... than a cooperative spirit. – less
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fun learning experience
Teaching Assistant (Race, Crime, and Justice) (Former Employee), State College, PAJuly 16, 2014
I was a teaching assistant for the Race, Crime, and Justice class at Penn State. I did this for two semesters in a row and I very much enjoyed it. I learned how to teach college students in large classroom settings and at times it could be very difficult. The topics we talked about in class were very interesting and I feel that I did a good job at helping – more... the students further their education. – less
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Enjoyed the experience
Undergraduate Researcher (Former Employee), University Park, PAJuly 15, 2014
Working at Penn State was a great experience, learning about propulsion and RF Applications for propulsion and communication.
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Great University
Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology (Former Employee), University Park, PAJuly 14, 2014
Great Faculty and staff at this University. Would recommend it to any prospective student out of high school.
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Great University and limited resources
Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee), University Park, PAJune 24, 2014
Pros: freedom, security, department
Cons: funding, hours and wage compensation
Penn State does top notch research and recruits potential that displays that. The program is structured differently for each individual offering an experience second to none
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Relaxing, enjoyable work environment with friendly coworkers
Research Assistant (Former Employee), Farm Operations, University ParkJune 23, 2014
Pros: friendly work environment, snack bar, low stress
Cons: no air conditioning, had to bring own lunches
A pleasant work environment in which I shared an office with the professor I worked with.

Fairly quiet workplace in which I could focus on my work without interruption.

My coworkers were friendly and polite, and managers were the same.

I was able to learn several new programs, and experiment with several programs I specifically asked to use.

Breaks – more... were short but reasonable, and lunch was the standard 30 minutes. A lunch room was provided, but lunches were not free.

A snack bar was present with snacks available for sale at a low price.

The hardest part of the job was working in the heat of the summer, as there was no air conditioning in the office. – less

About Penn State University

The Penn State College of Education serves approximately 2,800 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students each year. The College – Read more