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Overall good company to work for! Administrative Associates are not paid well.

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Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

-Employee benefits
-Commute Incentives
-Educational Funds
-Beautiful campus
-Great Events

Cons

-Hiring relatives or friends for open positions is very common. No selection process in place. In turn, depts end up with inexperienced employees.
-HR and ELR should do internal audits in departments that do not have an HR Manager present in their building. You would be surprised how many managers and supervisors are unaware of HR policies and procedures.
-Employees that have been their 10yrs or more - extremely comfortable individuals, not open to change, sense of self entitlement, seniority.
-Stanford does not like to fire people. Even though it is clear that the employee is not fit for the position or is not performing to dept's expectations.
-Administrative Associates are not paid well at Stanford. Managers like to give bonuses or the minimum allowable % for the year.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop hiring inexperienced family members and friends! Let's hire qualified applicants. HR needs to enforce the selection process. How will Stanford continue to succeed when we keep hiring inexperienced employees? A mandatory HR training for Supervisors should be required.
More educational funds should be available to lower salary grade employees. Employees that do not use their educational funds should be able to transfer to a co-worker.

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    PhD in Materials Science and Engineering

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of really smart people, great resources and diversity. You can really excel if you truly love science. The department is well funded. Free doughnut every Monday. Free tea, and sometimes free coffee, for all. People are very friendly and Professors are approachable.

    Cons

    Office environment of PhD students are not really conducive (no windows and sometimes can be stifling), but I guess the condition will be similar, if not worse, in other universities too.

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    nil.

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    Best place to work in the Bay Area

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    Current Employee - Web Developer in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, lots of perks, activities on campus, health improvement program, excellent transportation options.

    Cons

    Getting in and out of campus takes time, oblivious students on bikes, salary could be higher.

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    Keep up the great work!

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