A big university with a spectrum of experiences
SENIOR RESEARCH ANALYST (Current Employee) – University Park, PA – November 22, 2018
Not sure if this is helpful, but the experience of being employed at Penn State depends largely on where you work, meaning which college or campus. One college, campus or division differs greatly from the next. Overall, employment at Penn State offers stability, but in exchange you don't get the same sort of salary increases or bonuses that are common in the corporate world. On a personal level, as it is with any employer in higher education, the emphasis isn't on productivity or work ethic, but rather on education and degree level. So, in essence, there is this unspoken (and sometimes spoken) caste system where those with a bachelor's degree are asked "to make the coffee" while those with a higher degree (MBA, MA, MS and PhD's) tackle the problem, even when the problem has nothing to do with their area of expertise. I don't intend for this to be a criticism as much as an observation. And it certainly isn't limited to Penn State but to pretty much the academic world in general. This might be surprising for some to understand, but even after attending college for four years, we were never taught a class on "making the coffee."
University Park is a great community to raise a family; excellent school system.
Pretty much the only employer in town, unless you have skills to work remotely.