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Stanford University Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
724 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 39 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 25 reviews)

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

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    Graduate Student

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible research environment, unlimited resources

    Cons

    Very wasteful, graduate students are not respected as employees, embarrassingly bad administration in some departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat graduate students better, don't jerk them around on pay, recognize that they are the core of your institution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Free access to great facilities, a lot of cross disciplinary work is happening and is possible, best statistics department in the world, health insurance is great

    Cons

    It can be hard to schedule time to meet with someone, and people can be unresponsive by email. Parking is difficult and expensive. Great mentoring can be difficult to find and the whole process doesn't work very well without a great mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Competitive environment. but the best place to be

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent research environment, access to the best facilities, reputation follows you wherever you go!

    Cons

    Unacknowledged competition, pressure to publish and find independent funding through fellowships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More health benefits. The 50% medical insurance subsidy is too little, considering the ridiculously high cost of Cardinal Care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The stamp that speaks for itself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    facilities, openness, opportunities, collaboration, attitude
    The best place for blooming your ideas into practical solutions.
    Great atmosphere, nice campus, good benefits

    Cons

    Nothing much. Positively competitive, so the usual things that plague competitive environment also shows up. But that is just normal in a top ranking university.

  6.  

    Excellent opportunity for an Engineering PhD Student

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Everyone is very intelligent. Lots of good opportunities for activities/clubs/sports as a graduate student.

    Cons

    Life of a PhD student cant be isolated. Lots of long hours spent in labs in basements of buildings. I think this is probably the case at any competitive program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    What I think of big-name university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Big university, very famous, lots of resources, lots of smart people. There are any resource you can think of

    Cons

    People are distant. Either you can do that or you get kicked out. It is brutal

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lot's of liberty, very smart people. Not enough collaboration with other departments.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    The best is the work liberty, you put your own hours work from where you want. The research project was very interesting and allows you to learn new things. Very direct interaction with the industry partners.

    Cons

    Not enough interaction with other research groups. It is mainly you and those closely related to your project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote higher inter department collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great equipment, well organized, great funding opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    opportunities, networking, ability to work with great talent

    Cons

    Expensive cost of living anywhere close to the university due to silicon valley

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase salaries to keep up with cost of living

  10.  

    Terrific place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Wonderful environment- "I am OK - you are OK" attitude.

    Cons

    The University is greedy for money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Finance Specialist

    Current Employee - Finance Specialist in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Specialist in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generous Benefits. Good Pay & PTO.

    Cons

    The commute was horrible in that area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Greatly managed.

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