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OK salary but really high cost of living

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Stanford, CA
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA

I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

Pros

Stanford looks nice on the CV, it probably helped me land an assistant professor job in a really good research university. People are very smart of course, which helps tremendously to develop a research program for the future.

Cons

The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area.
A close second is the lack of recognition of post-docs: the salary is only a part of it. Post-docs are considered students, meaning they don't get staff benefits. But they don't get student benefits either. Rule of thumb is, if there is a perk out there for some category of the Stanford community, post-docs won't get it.

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    This is why you cannot retaining good workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University as a contractor

    Pros

    Great Compensation, yearly raises plus bonuses

    Cons

    Has not hired Permanent employees since 2000

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not what I expected.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very smart people and interesting work
    Beautiful surroundings (exterior) and high tech work spaces (for the most part although some are quite shoddy)
    Good benefits (especially health and retirement)

    Cons

    Horrible management (most faculty members have no idea how to manage)
    Very poor responses to HR issues
    Staff are seen as expendable and always come after faculty and students
    Low salaries with little chance of advancement
    No real interest in professional development of staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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