I truly admire and believed in the mission that the TLT stood for and would have happily stayed, if a job was available. But as a Graduate assistant, when you complete you degree, contract is done. Furthermore, the hiring process is slow. Facility was comfortable and communication improved as the job roles grew with the position. All in all it was a quiet work environment.
Having worked for the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory for over a decade, I have found a wealth of talent and good-spirited people who are some of the brightest in their respective fields. I have had the privilege to work on one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles in the world.
Relations with direct upper management are excellent, but beyond that, relatively nonexistent. Compensation for the area is second-to-none, but upward mobility is very planned and raises are fixed.
I worked as an IST Learning Assistant for a web development course at Penn State for one semester. My main duty was to help teach students how to make web apps with HTML/CSS, PHP, and MySQL. The Penn State workplace for me consisted of a classroom with brand new computers and software to help me and the students create anything they could imagine. I have nothing but great things to say about the whole experience. If I was still in school I would easily continue working as a Learning Assistant.