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Yale University President Peter Salovey
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Pros
  • Great benefits and vacation time (in 21 reviews)

  • The pay is great, the community is healthy, and the University truly cares about it's employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The city of new Haven is not the best place to live in but a great place to have fun (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Poor management, low salaries, dwindling benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Being surrounded by interesting people and participating in lectures that are open to the public (not always easy to find)

    Cons

    Because firing someone is near impossible, managers across the board are confrontational and not well trained, having usually been promoted as a result of someone wanting to get rid of a poor performing employee. Further complicating this is the fact that faculty can act without reproach so they are often aggressive, manipulative and abusive with hires - thus the constant revolving door of good talent. Anyone competent is sure to leave before long. On top of the toxic work environment is the poor remuneration. Already paying employees well below market rate simply because they can, you can at most expect a 2.5% salary increase at performance review time, which is shared by both the "meets expectations" and "exceeds expectations" categories of performance review, thus eliminating the incentive to try extra hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    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
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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

    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

    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
  7.  

    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

    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
  8.  

    Yale is a fabulous place to work if you are in a well-respected and well-managed unit/School.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Yale University has excellent benefit packages, a strong sense of community, vast resources, a world-renowned reputation, and many exciting initiatives.

    Cons

    Continued job layoffs that make current employees do more than one job, lack of mentoring young professionals, lack of meaningful professional development plans, lack of appreciation for going above and beyond the call of duty, and reorganizations across the University that do not achieve more efficiency or have transparency are some cons to working at Yale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    first job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    entry level; hands on training by the senior people.
    People are nice (especially those who work in the medical fields).
    Health benefits are decent - I like the Yale Staff Student Hospital.

    Cons

    Sometime you can be on a team that has a one man show, and that can be really annoying.
    Unfair treatment to immigrants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally, I still think the experience of working for that school is positive. However, it has come to a point that the competition is too bad that scientists are starting to be profit driven.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Very bottom line oriented not like previous years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff

    Pros

    Still offers good benefits to long time employees. Liberal holidays and tuition benefits for children after six years of employment. Excellent shuttle service around campus.

    Cons

    Lower pay scales than local job market. Major cuts to benefits and manpower blamed on endowment. Also very poor career development for hourly employees. Most promotions based on personal connections, often with people not meeting posted qualifications being given the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish an effective career development program for hourly employees and make educational opportunities more readily available to employees. Please stop changing directions every fiscal year. There are many disgruntled employees who used to enjoy working at Yale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Development Officer, Major Gifts

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    Current Employee - Development Officer, Major Gifts
    Current Employee - Development Officer, Major Gifts

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, autonomy, travel, better compensation than many academic jobs

    Cons

    bureaucracy, many layers of management, no focus on professional development or retention, limited job growth,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on professional development, retaining good employees, growth within department

    Approves of CEO

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