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University of Pennsylvania

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I have applied for various jobs at this institution. Despite the fact that I have an advanced degree, have worked at the university part-time for over twenty years, and have applied for jobs that fall within my skill set, I have received no responses other than an acknowledgment of receipt of my application. In one case, I did receive a response from the HR Department telling me that I had neither the knowledge, education, or experience for the position applied for.

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Once you get near retirement age, no matter how exemplary your service, you will find that every thing you do is scrutinized and suddenly supervisors start nit picking your work. They don't do anything overt or obvious, but they steadily apply more and more pressure until you leave. They force you to make the decision to leave so they can say they had nothing to do with it.

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This organization is very hostile toward older workers. I do not recommend it to older veterans. They spend most of their time and energy blaming older workers for what does not get done while the younger officer "leaders" socialize and take credit for the work of the civilian employees so they can get promoted. Pay is stagnant, recognition for a expertise and knowledge is nonexistent. This is a terrible place to work - can't wait to retire.

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