Yale University Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Yale University President Peter Salovey
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Pros
  • Great benefits for the young professional (in 26 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance at Yale (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • very competitive, not a great place for colaborations (in 6 reviews)

  • Little room for upward mobility; you do your one job and stick with it (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Okay but have a Plan B

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    + Prestige + Salary + Benefits + The paychecks do not bounce + Generous time off + Culture of hard work, excellence. + Good for high achievers

    Cons

    - Can get canned for no reason or justification - They love to hide behind "at-will" employment. - No real tuition reimbursement plan - Little/no job security for staff - a "reorg" or "funding issues" can come up anyday. This happens more than senior management admits. - Bosses are too afraid to stand up to higher-ups

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage and obey state law. Just because you are prestigious and rich doesn't mean you can dump all over the staff/employees. No links permitted on Glassdoor.com but look up "Yale" "employee" "lawsuit" on your favorite search engine. Get informed!


  2. Postdoc experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Alright to do a short postdoc but one has to be careful to look out for the nex job and utilize the career improvement programs from the start.

    Cons

    No mentoring provided and difficult work life balance in a funding environment that is very scarce.


  3. Limited advancement for Clerical and Technical employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, and salary is fairly good.

    Cons

    Limited to no advancement for Clerical and Technical employees. Yale would rather hire from outside sources than develop and advance anyone from a C&T position. Once a "senior administrative assistant" you are stuck there for life.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to stop fearing the union and take care of the employees who actually do the work and show up everyday. Management seems to just "throw their arms up in the air" and say they can't do anything about certain employees because they are protected by the union.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Low collaboration

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    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Yale hosts an incredible array of events and training opportunities. You truly get to learn from and interact with global leaders in all kinds of fields. The campus is beautiful and the resources immense.

    Cons

    Many people in my area have very poor work life balance. Although there are many resources, because of cutbacks almost 1000 support positions have disappeared in the last few years and many people are now overworked. Simultaneously, there are many people duplicating work because they fear redundancy. The unwillingness to collaborate results in a very competitive atmosphere, were individuals become territorial and there is an incredible lack of efficiency. The atmosphere of competition creates a sense of isolation. This is especially unfortunate because there are enormously talented people at Yale and the potential for innovation in Higher Education is huge, if only people would work together more.

    Advice to Management

    Because of the emphasis on individual achievement and cost saving, many employees are reluctant to collaborate, for fear of finding themselves with more work or a desire to ensure that they can take credit for their achievements. To foster an atmosphere of collaboration, you must find a way to reward collaboration.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good starter job, move on for your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great educational opportunities, great co-workers, great benefits package.

    Cons

    No room for growth or upward mobility, nepotism or favoritism, expected to work 10-20 hours past the 40 hours per week salaried, immense pressure if you do not work up to this standard. Constant reorganization of job duties to ensure productivity with added duties each time an update is made. One person does the job of 2-3 people. Those who do not contribute to the work environment are not held accountable if they have personal preference with the administration. Scapegoating and bullying if you do not agree with these practices.

    Advice to Management

    Hire supportive management who have managerial skills (i.e. managers who can provide concrete advice for improvement rather than "you're not working up to par". Don't under-staff programs, overwork employees and expect to retain dedicated and skilled workers. Allow feedback to managerial staff by their employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    The HR function at Yale University is extremely dysfunctional and lacks good leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious Ivy League University with cutting edge research facilities, a beautiful campus and a wide variety of social activities available.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are often influenced by cronyism and preferential treatment, as opposed to a more objective evaluation of an individual's ability to perform effectively in a role. There is very ineffective management and leadership within many of the departments throughout the University, as people are hired into these roles or promoted without having the requisite managerial skills needed in order to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Train, train, train your management and hold them accountable for failures in leadership. Tap into the employees at the non-management level to obtain feedback on operational issues and opportunities for improvement before making decisions that ultimately do not resolve the core issues.


  8. Such a waste of time.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -- nice and friendly colleagues, not at all competitive -- University life is fantastic. -- microscopy facilities, machine shops and other shared labs have first class equipment and they let you use everything you need for a reasonable fee. -- libraries are great

    Cons

    -- graduate classes are useless, professors have no interest in teaching them and you can see it. -- in general, there is no planning whatsoever when it comes to research. Most PIs (I have talked to my colleagues to know about their stories) are too busy looking for money rather than making good use of it. No point in discussing how to do better, nobody listens. -- as a graduate student your time has no value. The more they waste, the more they ask. It is up to you to put a limit to it. -- good feedback is polite, rational, specific, and if necessary, also very strict. In general feedback does not go beyond the following: "this is not enough!, work more!!". Not very useful.

    Advice to Management

    Plan research, rationalize unknowns whenever possible, do not complain money is not enough, it is used poorly.


  9. Yale is no longer as great as it once was. The administrative structure must be reorganized if it is going to survive.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing and it is the best place to work in CT.

    Cons

    They are still in the past and need to think about the future. This is a school that has been around longer than the federal government, and I can guarantee that it has more bureaucracy than the federal government.

    Advice to Management

    Appropriate administrative funding at the department level is essential to provide the service needed by faculty. And if that is not a possibility than someone needs to communicate this to the faculty.


  10. Don't bother with graduate school unless you love reading academic books and want desperately to be a professor.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    As a grad student, you have a lot of freedom and time to travel

    Cons

    You will be poor and disallusioned

    Advice to Management

    stop accepted grad students...there are not enough jobs for them. hire more professors.



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