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Yale University Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
305 Reviews
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Pros
  • Great benefits for earlier hires, nice work environment, beautiful campus, high salaries (in 26 reviews)

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


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

  • There was not a lot of upward mobility, I had to hope someone would leave or retire in order to be advanced (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    great if your boss care about your research

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is decent, salary is OK for postdocs, a lot of funding that means you can buy anything you need for your research.

    Cons

    Professors with too much funding and big ego. No team work. Too many projects in which the principal investigator knows little or nothing about. The lab is run as a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team work is essential. There is not such a thing as a top secret project inside the same research group.

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

    Yale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Overall, good place to work

    Cons

    If you don't care about your workplace having a culture, work here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Competitive

    Former Employee - Creative Services
    Former Employee - Creative Services

    I worked at Yale University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very unique stimulating environment world class talents in all departments

    Cons

    Highly competitive co workers and under appreciative employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lets work more together

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  5.  

    Review of Major Gifts Development, Yale University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Officer, Major Gifts in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Development Officer, Major Gifts in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Team of major gifts officers is a good one (except 1 of 16 officers leaves approx every 6 months).
    Good work/life balance
    iPads
    Department is willing to train fundraisers and take persons from non-traditional careers.
    Office centrally located downtown next to the Green.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with other Ivies or the regional market.
    Promotion system is far from transparent - not directly related to results. Pay at various title levels equally opaque.
    If you are male, you will never hold a management position within this 250-person organization under its current leadership (accept it unfortunately).
    Entire development office works on intense systems of micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has created a system whereby the individual officers matter less, and the system of collecting information/data from donors matters more. Officers are more customer service representatives than fundraising professionals.

    Rather than work on how to manage against the downsides of poor retention, it would be better to reward current employees and boost retention and lengthen donor relationships with individual donors (donors notice - they tell us when they get a new officer every 18 months). Focusing on retention will help you save money and boost morale. Retention is major gifts management's biggest challenge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    research scientist at Yale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Very good benefit, medical insurance, nice working environment,

    Cons

    low salary, tight working schedule

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Employee turnover continues to increase

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good (but over recent years, they have started cutting benefits... so soon this may not be a pro).

    Cons

    They could care less about loyalty and retention of employees. Top heavy with management. Too much like a corporation (without the high pay of a corporation).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to pay more attention to thier "inferiors" (everyone that works below them) feedback about the work environment, etc. And respect their opinions (it could make a serious positive difference in this place)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Program Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating: the ideas and theories about health systems flowed freely.
    Schedule: spent most of the time in a 9-5 setting, with some very interesting travel.
    Interaction with students: the best and brightest continually inspired our office with their vivaciousness and critical thinking skills.
    Retirement: the 403(b) plan 5% match with a 5% bonus is a very good retirement package.
    Yale: the greater community is great! Lots of wonderful people to meet who possess a diversity of experiences and knowledge bar none.

    Cons

    Directors: The directors of the office where I worked were terrible. It was their way or the highway in terms of considering ideas and the way forward.
    Resistant to change: The group I work mainly duplicated efforts already existing in the private and public sector without much difference. This led to a lack of belief in the mission on my part.
    Favoritism: Directors conspicuously chose favorites, hailing their smallest feats as ground-breaking and actively criticizing the employees who they did not like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Invest in outside training more. Define the employees' roles, and help them train for them.
    2. Respect equal opportunity and nurture ideas by all without reprisal or condemnation.
    3. Less talk, more walk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loved the work, the pay was terrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were great, matching funds for retirement fund, free entry into all Yale buildings, museums, libraries etc.
    It was very intellectually stimulating and challenging

    Cons

    The pay was terrible, as a woman I was treated differently than men and my salary showed it. You must pay for parking at approx $80/mo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees of either gender equally. Pay maternity for all women.

  10.  

    Post Doc Position

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Location, Don't need to have a car

    Cons

    It;s a post doc position

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Posgraduate Associate experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Associate in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Associate in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good place for learning and development. Collaborative environment and great opportunities to explore ideas and do research.

    Cons

    No opportunities to grow and university policies are more important than working environment circumstances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its intriguing that they give more importance to the opinions of previous employer that that of the current employer at Yale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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