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Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
323 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.  

    PhD researcher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    Great stipend and benefits, access to resources, great working relationships with peers and superiors

    Cons

    high cost of living, poor work life balance

  2.  

    postdoc review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    *autonomy
    *brilliant collaborators
    *lots of resources
    *great postdoc community

    Cons

    *sometimes mentorship can be lacking
    *funding environment is tough, which makes next steps a struggle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    *discuss alternate career choices given difficult funding environment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience

    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    diversity, great work environment, benefits

    Cons

    promotion system was not available for everyone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, professional environment, highly collaborative, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Living in New Haven is terrible, high stress and impossible work expectations, high turnaround

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture the junior colleagues and help them reach their career goals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Flexible, supportive work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, supportive environment

    Cons

    Little clarity around roles and responsibilities

  7.  

    Great but Siloed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    The benefits and compensation packages are great. I lucked out and have some great coworkers, which makes my days flow by swiftly. I'm able to take initiative and have been able to self start new projects and get a lot of great things done. Excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    The university is very siloed between departments, and only recently have they started trying to break down walls. There isn't alot of collaboration, and there is the full gambit of departments from those that still do things like it was the 1700s thinking "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and then other departments that try to stay on the cutting edge. I lucked out with the latter, but whenever a project involves the former, it can become a painful process to try and get anything done, if it is even possible. Human Resources isn't at all transparent and there isn't any meaningful career path or planning. Most positions it feels like your waiting for someone to die to make room further up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's impossible for people in the beginning or middle of their careers to justify staying, since there many times is not much opportunity for growth. Most top talent end up defecting to other companies in order to move forward in their careers. HR isn't very transparent, so reclassification when job responsibilities change, or when even applying for another position the person can be completely unaware of what is going on (and wonder if anything is actually happening.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior IT Analyst

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation time. Flexible work schedule. When the economy tanked in 2008 many benefits were slashed including PDO for new employees.

    Cons

    Management is spread too thin. The IT support structure was based on departments instead of locations. So if you covered one department in particular you could be running all over town.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits for the young professional.

    Cons

    professional development for recent grads is non-existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work to retain younger employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stable, Decent Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Stability, union, health care, 403b, 2 weeks paid vacation each year, 12 sick days, paid between Christmas and new years. They are decently flexible with time. It will always look great on your resume to be hired by Yale.

    Cons

    Job growth difficult. There are not that many opportunities to get a job in Yale that has more pay, responsibility, or degree of meaningful input.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Employee at Yale's Slifka Center

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Event Coordinator in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Typically Relaxed atmosphere
    Work with students regularly
    Free food at kosher dinning hall
    Payment system works well
    Understanding management

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility; you do your one job and stick with it
    Turnover has happened recently where many long-term employees lost their jobs
    Keep in mind this is for the Hillel on campus ONLY, not the university itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the atmosphere of the center and not just operation costs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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