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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)

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

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 Management

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.

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  1. 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  2. 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 a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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