Strange Combination of Easy Nonexistent Workload and Toxic Work Environment
Staff Assistant (Current Employee) – PA – August 13, 2018
My biggest regret is taking a job here. Not all staff assistant jobs are bad, but a few departments are a real nightmare.
I should have taken it as a warning that the turnover was very high and they Other people working in these positions, booked it out the moment they got another job. If interviewing here, definitely try to inquire about this. If few people stay more than a year or they dodge the topic, please be cautious!
The blatant favoritism is unbelievable. If the their conversations about people they’re hiring went public, people would be surprised! It doesn't match the liberal university image you might imagine.
Tribal knowledge is abound and a lot of the ways they do things don’t match other industries. For a large and highly reputable university, the department I worked in was surprisingly dated.
The pay is very low compared to what you could make in industry. However, the work load is so light. There isn't much to do. It sounds like a nice deal, but it will quickly get to you. You may also have a difficult time getting a job outside of Penn State when you decide to leave. The job descriptions are often misleading.
toxic work environment, lack of career advancement opportunities