Yale University Reviews

Updated July 23, 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. The Postdoc Cycle

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Nice community of researchers, good to students, lots of funding and support for research projects.

    Cons

    The postdoc road is a tough one, poor compensation, long hours, no overtime, always "on call", publish or perish (rather than support lifelong learning), lots of travel.


  2. Graduate Student - Humanities

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    Current Employee - Doctoral Candidate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Doctoral Candidate in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to very smart people, great library system, competitive graduate stipend, flexibility in teaching requirements

    Cons

    Expensive living costs, low turnover/most professors should have been retired long ago, little guidance professionally, large gap in services provided to humanities vs. sciences, no student feedback, poor preparation from school in areas of teaching/administrative service, poor outreach for grad students looking for non-academic careers

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be competitive with amenities offered to other top tier graduate schools, including access to technology, creating more dynamic environments with younger professors/postdocs, help create better community (focus of school seems solely on undergraduates and MBA students).


  3. MD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    expensive place to live in


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  5. Meh

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was fair for the work, and the work itself was very interesting. Flexibility was very high, and easy to ask for.

    Cons

    Leadership was weak university wide for all levels. Academic teaching mission was a distant second or third to other objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Fix on boarding so new staff doesn't just get tossed to the wolves. Developing a collaborative culture will help results.


  6. Research assistant

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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

    Pros

    You get very nice benefits like free health insurance, more vacation days and sick days than industry, Paid vacation during Christmas

    Cons

    Biggest con is that you get less pay than industry top of it you have to pay for your parking


  7. Curatorial Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    Great vacation, very reasonable work hours, a peaceful and calm work environment.

    Cons

    The separation between management and clerical + technical staff can be severe. The promotion process, if you're a C&T worker, is laborious with HR often being very unsupportive. Pay is low but cost of living in New Haven is also lower.


  8. Yale offers great benefits, and it's a nice place to network and grow professionally.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    Benefits, resources, training opportunities, networking opportunities.

    Cons

    Certain departments do not follow Yale Policies of Work Life Balance Respect and Discrimination

    Advice to Management

    Training


  9. Technologist

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

    I have been working at Yale University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great quality of life. Co-workers are great. Some training opportunities. Great benefits. New haven area gets a bad rap but I really enjoyed living there.

    Cons

    No rewards, no real leadership.


  10. The expect a lot out of you, but overall a positive experience.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    Everyone here is very bright. The social aspect is very good. Make sure you pick you lab wisely though, my mentor left after a year without much notice.

    Cons

    Demanding hours, my advisor was very hands off.


  11. top university to do research

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of resources and support

    Cons

    bad location, not safe to live in



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