Stanford University
4.1 of 5 653 reviews
www.stanford.edu Stanford, CA 5000+ Employees

Stanford University Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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4.1 653 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy

(315 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    beautiful place to work

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Prosit is a good place to work

    Consthe salary is very low

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall Stanford is a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe faculty are down to earth. Being a part of innovative and cutting edge research and teaching is rewarding. Stanford staff are top notch as well.

    ConsHard to get promoted within your department without turnover. To get promoted you have to apply to open job postings.

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    shrinking benefit and increased living cost

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    Prosyou know what Stanford means to a scientist. it is not about the money and title.

    Consdeclining insurance coverage, although minimum salary is way higher than national average, more than half salary goes to rent, wait a minute, may 2/3 plus.

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    Great resources

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsStanford has great resources for Postdocs both in the School of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Medicine. In addition to the multitude of scientific seminars, they have organized several professional development series. Most recently they added personal wellness workshops as well.

    ConsOn the downside, there isn't a lot of time to dedicate towards your personal development and training. What good are these amazing workshops and seminars, if you can't find the time to take them? Not unlike other institutions, research is intense and expectations are high.

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    Little TA training but great opportunity for career advancement

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsNetworking opportunities are everywhere, and it's good to have teaching experience on the resume. You'll learn more than you think as well. The students are relatively easy to teach as they all want to get good grades - definitely not a TFA position.

    ConsPay is not great, unless you include tuition coverage. There's also very little training before you begin teaching, so a lot of that you'll have to pick up as you go. Some students will feel entitled to your time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider more centralized coordination of section problems.

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    Great accessibility to all kinds of techniques and collaborations

    Postdorctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsPrestige, networking, quality of people, future prospectives, knowledge

    ConsConstant time demanding, highly competitive, a bit stressing,

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A lot of freedom to pursue research interests, limited growth potential

    Basic Life Science Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsGood benefits and nice support for a reasonable work/life balance. As a research scientist I'm given a lot of flexibility with timelines that are longer than the Quarter by Quarter I've experience in industry. Very generous vacation and sick leave policy.

    ConsLower compensation than industry and lax attitudes regarding safety. Poor HR support for interpersonal conflicts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter HR support, try to instill a better culture for chemical safety and finally allow the research scientist to apply for RO1 style grants.

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    PhD and post doc

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery flexible hours. Smart people. Lots of interesting research getting carried out. Lots of opportunities to work cross different disciplines. Good health care benefits and gym facilities.

    ConsVery competitive and collaboration can be hindered due to competitive nature. As with any academic role, much of your time is spent working on how to get money (grants) rather than carrying out research. There were not dedicated facilities for mom's with young infants.

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    Great place to be a post-doc, though staff benefits would be nice

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive salary and benefits, plenty of free lunch. Also, many career development resources for grant writing, building a CV, networking, etc.

    ConsHigh cost of living, a bit of a pressure cooker. Also, post-docs don't have several benefits that are provided to staff and would be nice to have, such as discounted classes at the gym, tuition reimbursement, etc.

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    Flexible approach, nice staff.

    Instructor (Current Employee)

    ProsThe staff here are supportive, passionate, and aim to have a positive impact on society through education. They truly want to help their instructors deliver good quality courses.

    ConsIt can be challenging to get accurate feedback since the evaluation forms are given electronically, only the most dissatisfied students write the feedback, skewing negative the results.

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