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Stanford University Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
Updated January 31, 2015
808 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 46 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 26 reviews)

  • Sociopathic managers, poor salary, no advancement, poor work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Lots of perks: beautiful campus and access to university resources. Collaborative and collegial atmosphere, great energy, especially in the fall with the incoming class.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

  2.  

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    A great opportunity to meet many very talented and intelligent people and learn a lot from them. The work hours are very flexible.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to get timely contact with persons of interest to obtain information needed. Deadlines and expected progress are not well defined.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Program Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stanford is a great place to work however the school and department you work in can make a big difference. I have worked in two different schools at Stanford and it was a night and day difference. The faculty members you work with can make your life terrible or wonderful.

    Cons

    constantly changing rules and regulations, vague job expectations from managers, parking sucks, HR is terrible, weak middle managers, upper management always sides with faculty members and not staff. I was once told by my administrative manager " faculty members can do and say whatever they want because they bring money into the school, deal with it you are a staff member and you work for them".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    certain schools have really has gone downhill over the past few years, changes in departments due to new deans have caused problems. Department and Division managers need to connect with staff to assist with transitions over faculty leaving and new faculty being recruited. Administrative managers should support and protect staff. Many faculty members are unhappy with changes and may take it out on the staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work, but

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    You got a lot of training, knowledge of cutting edge tech. Great seminars all year around.

    Cons

    Poor Salary especially for living in sf bay area. 75% after tax salary goes to rent!
    Really curious how can new post doc even survive here.
    VERY fast paced in labs.. be prepared..

  6.  

    it's good and fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    academic and get sense of what academic life looks like

    Cons

    too much things to solve

  7.  

    LRSA I

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Collaboration, opportunities to learn and lead a project, networking, flexible schedule, benefits

    Cons

    Training will depend on project, compensation based on grants

  8.  

    Great if you find the right spot

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lovely location, good benefits, and a great experience of you find the right people.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive salaries, bureaucratic administration, long way from SF

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the administrative systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Good place for Postdoc

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - research facilities
    - faculty, research staff, students
    - nice location
    - postdoctoral benefits: healthcare plan, access to campus facilities

    Cons

    - huge bureaucracy
    - on-campus housing can be hard to find for postdocs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A wonderful place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications/Publishing
    Former Employee - Communications/Publishing

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, excellent benefits, and extraordinary people (though Stanford, of course, is a huge employer and I'd imagine peoples' experiences vary significantly across groups/teams/departments).

    Cons

    Huge bureaucracy and while benefits are very good, pay is not as strong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the favoritism.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Five years, three jobs

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    work-life balance, resources, benefits, ability to move around

    Cons

    pay vs bay area cost of living

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