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Excellent place to start and run a lab

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Current Employee - Assistant Professor  in  Stanford, CA
Current Employee - Assistant Professor in Stanford, CA

I have been working at Stanford University

Pros

The students and postdocs are excellent, the colleagues are very smart and the campus is gorgeous.

Cons

Expensive place to live. Excessive number of deans and deanlets makes research more expensive than it should be. Few or no endowed professorships. Excessive bureaucracy and really incompetent admins.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It is good to hire new people but it is also really important to support the outstanding young people that have ben recruited. Too much time is spent writing grants and there is basically no support from the school of medicine. In addition there is no reward for teaching but a large personal cost.

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    Benefits carry the day - or did

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    Former Employee - Public Relations Officer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Public Relations Officer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Benefits, benefits, benefits. At least until the 2009 layoffs. The pay wasn't all that great, really,
    considering that Silicon Valley was next door. Stanford said it paid salaries at "market rates"
    but it was at the lower end of the "market rates," according to outplacement firms who handled
    those laid off. True, but not very real.

    Cons

    If you work for a unit that is not in good favor with Stanford, look out.
    You may have a difficult time convincing others that you do work like they
    do and they should consider your application for other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider how many people you really need. Once you decided, never, ever again
    drag out the layoff process for months. It's cruel and inhumane.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Life in a cube

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    Former Employee - Development Staff  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Development Staff in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Stanford has good benefits in terms of health care for you and your family. It also has a decent matching retirement plan available. The salaries are comparable to other large non-profit organizations. The free Caltrain card to work is a good money saver, too, assuming you live near a train station.

    Cons

    -There is no parking and if you find any it is super expensive.
    -Inflexible work environment where innovation and creativity are stifled.
    -Employee personal development is non-existent.
    -There is little support for a work-life balance. Some managers are responsive to having employees who are parents and others just treat them poorly.
    -Middle and upper management are very impersonal and provide little feedback on work performance.
    -Much of middle management is shuffled around because of inefficiency but there is no motivation to fire them because they have been there too long.
    -Talented staff prefer to work elsewhere and there is a significant loss of good staff every year.
    -Much of middle and upper management is burned-out.
    -Middle and upper management are oblivious to making the best use of some of its staff. People are routinely hired who can do so much more but managers hoard the resource and don't let them collaborate with other departments.
    -Departments rarely work well together. There is a lot of territoriality and reluctance to share any resources.
    -The highest officers in the department are very removed and don't realize how inefficiently a lot of things are run.
    -Transferring (or attempting to transfer) between departments even after many years of service is looked down on and people get overly jealous and defensive about this. Retaliation in this area is common.
    -Managers get little training on how to promote the best from their employees.
    -The politics feel like a corporate boardroom.
    -Most of the non-management staff are always looking for another job.
    -There is a lot of red tape to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Retrain and replace some of your upper management with fresher and younger people who are more responsive and understand what work/life balance means.
    -There would be less turnover if the department was proactive about achieving a work/life balance for employees and if they actually implemented the telecommuting program that the university has kicked around for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
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