I worked in a grant funded program for a number of years. I hate that I stayed as long as I did. It was a terrible environment and culture. The director did not have adequate experience for the role. The whole program suffered from gross lack of skill and experience on many levels. The work was wonderful, but the environment was so awful I had to leave. The salaries are much lower in the system as well. Do not expect to stay market competitive if you stay in the system long. They do not promote equity, despite being a very profitable organization. They claim non-profit but continue to grow and expand, but fail to pay all employees equitably. I don't respect UPMCs wage practices, but I do feel there are redeeming qualities, like good PTO and insurance. At the end of the day, I did choose to stay with the system after leaving the grant program. So far I am happy I remained with UPMC, but I remain cautious as well. If you are choosing a position at UPMC, be careful. Ask a lot of questions. Get to know the manager or leadership as much as possible before hiring. Ask about their background and experience leading teams (before their current position). Talk with real, frontline staff. Ask about turnover. Pick a healthy culture.
Terrible wage practices, unhealthy culture, bad leadership, high turnover