Yale University Reviews in Connecticut

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Pros
  • Great benefits for earlier hires, nice work environment, beautiful campus, high salaries (in 24 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance at Yale (in 8 reviews)


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

  • Depending on the laboratory, the work environment was sometimes less than optimal (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    I have been working at Yale University

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    I have been working at Yale University

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

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

    Cons

    You will be poor and disallusioned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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