Stanford University

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Graduate School doesn't get much better than this

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Current Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA

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

Pros

Creative, collaborative culture in an intellectually stimulating environment. Great access to great thinkers and to the tech industry nearby. Thriving start-up culture.

Cons

Expense of living in Palo Alto for graduate students and post-docs, who are paid just enough to survive in the area.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Experiment with research structure so that post-docs are not taken advantage of (very cheap, highly skilled labor).

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    Work-Life Balance depends on which department manager you have

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Love the benefits of having vacation, PTO, sick and winter shutdown. Great co-workers, really smart and want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Pay $700+ per year for a parking permit - a license to hunt, not to park.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't talk out of both sides of your mouth. It's ridiculous to praise an employee for going above and beyond to provide customer service and then the next year ding that same employee for going above and beyond to provide customer service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Middle managers beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The campus and the weather is wonderful. There are many activities that are available to the staff and the benefits are very generous. There is always something exciting going on. Once you are in the Stanford organization, changing positions between departments is rather easy.

    Cons

    There is a lot of silly decisions made due to the policial nature of the organization. Since this is a nonprofit organization no one in the administrative side is really accountable for their spending or effectiveness. This probably accounts for the high cost of tuition.

    The HR department is really ineffective. The policies protect the staff and the faculty. Middle managers are always at risk of getting into trouble. The HR people do not do a good enough job of explaining this at orientation.

    Many administrative postions are filled by individuals who are not qualified for their job. They were hired as assistants and just "grew" into the postion. I was surprised by the lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hotling needs to be staffed by an outside service. Too many valid complaints are not investigated while invalid complaints are acted upon. This depends on the manager of the unit not a standard process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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