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Overall great place to work

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Current Employee - Program Coordinator  in  Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Program Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Stanford University

Pros

- Passionate, vibrant community
- Many fun and engaging opportunities on campus
- Beautiful work surroundings
- Flexible schedule in comparison to private sector
- Lots of vacation/pto time
- Overall high quality of co-workers

Cons

- There is high turnover in my department as the staff salaries are not competitive enough to keep highly qualified people around. Also, there seems to be quite a few high level management and many lower level administrators, but not enough mid-level positions available. This makes it much more challenging to promote from within and many coworkers leave to other departments for professional growth.

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Create a department hierarchy where qualified staff have the opportunity to be promoted from within. Keep staff salaries competitive so we don't have such a high turnover rate.

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    Good job if you're right for it

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    - Incredible resources
    - Very little "red tape" or bureaucracy compared to other research schools
    - Brilliant colleagues, professors
    - Great reputation
    - Excellent fellowship opportunities

    Cons

    (These refer to being a graduate research assistant)
    - No benefits (at all).
    - Extremely low pay; salary is similar to schools like Univ. of Illinois, but with one of the highest costs of living in the country.
    - Schools is out to make money off of you; mandatory fees for healthcare *even if you provide your own health insurance*; bleeding sponsoring companies for $70k/year, while students only see $30k.
    - Graduate housing is ridiculous; $1200/month for a studio, when the land is free (donated to stanford), the buildings are subsidized (by donors), and presumably taxes are low (b/c it's a nonprofit). Plus, they won't let students out of their leases; they're locking them into this horrible above-market price b/c they didn't know better before they arrived. Seems ridiculous for a university that's supposed to look out for its grad students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make housing *much* more affordable
    - Improve benefits (at least *some* assistance with dental, etc. Nobody I know gets their teeth checked during their PhDs)
    - unfortunately, management cannot do much to change how some advisors, etc. run their research groups.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Location, weather, people, compensation and work.

    Cons

    High Expectations, thats all really.. nothing else

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    None

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