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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 (more than an 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
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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
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    Amazing place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of support, great status, good benefits, access to amazing resources. One of the most beautiful campuses on earth, great food available, and many places to exercise in an absolutely phenomenal climate.

    Cons

    One of the most expensive places to live in the country / world. Bosses and mentors are self-selected to be workaholics, anti-social savants, and poorly-trained managers. There is lots of HR support if problems arise, but your experience will be heavily influence by the quality, ethics, and choices of your boss/mentor/PI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce better management and mentorship training for professors who are expected to act as mentors/managers. Some of the management fails I have witness here are appalling. Word-class expertise in a specialty subject does not at all imply even a little aptitude for management skills or effective mentorship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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