Stanford University

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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
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    Good students; low pay in a position leading to a less-than-glowing future

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    Current Employee - Writing Instructor, Program In Writing and Rhetoric in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Writing Instructor, Program In Writing and Rhetoric in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    The students you will encounter are, on average, smart and well motivated. One or two are geniuses. The rest are just hard workers who are a pleasure to be around.

    Cons

    If you're expecting your time as a graduate student and employment as a writing instructor/teaching assistant to lead to work as a tenured humanities professor, you might be in for a rude shock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't accept more graduate students than you can place in tenure-track positions. You're not going to keep getting quality graduate students when it takes eight years to get a PhD, then several more years to land a tenure-track job paying about $60K a year--if this ever happens at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Snr. Systems Administrator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Nice and helpful people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is very incompetent in the business dept./unit I worked in. This is not the central IT

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get competent and experience leaders to run your IT organization.

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