Princeton University
4.1 of 5 132 reviews
www.princeton.edu Princeton, NJ 5000+ Employees

Princeton University Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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4.1 132 reviews

                             

100% Approve of the CEO

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber

Christopher L. Eisgruber

(13 ratings)

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Beautiful campus and surrounding area"
    in 13 reviews
  • "benefits, scientific environment, work-life balance"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "It's a small town, and a relatively small University"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Work-life balance depending on your position -- it was excellent for me, but isn't for everyone"
    in 3 reviews
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    Great school for grad students

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI am in one of the physical sciences. Princeton has top-notch people and resources that make research life exciting and interesting.

    ConsWhile work-life balance is good (depending on your advisor - mine is good), there is not much nearby to do for fun for a grad student. Most of us go to NY, New Brunswick, or Philly for fun. A car is very helpful.

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    Graduate Student (PhD) (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    Pros- Excellent academic atmosphere, with lots of exciting and impactful research
    - Research facilities, equipment, and resources are top of the line
    - Beautiful campus and surrounding area
    - NYC is ~1 hour train ride away

    Cons- The town is quite small, so it is easy to get a little stir crazy if you don't have a car
    - Campus and town are over-run by high school campers during the summer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Annual Giving Office/Tigercaller

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood hours, pay and great experience in terms of fundraising and convincing people

    ConsThe job exhausts you pretty quickly, since you talk to people for 3 hours straight

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Graduate life is research oriented

    Graduate Student (Former Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsHighly research focused, nothing else

    ConsVery little interaction with outside world

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake more career fairs and care about student's career

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Incredibly hard-working people

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsPeople at Princeton are down to Earth and very hard working. This is not true for everyone, but many of the students and faculty have a sense of humility. The grade delation policy definitely keeps the students' egos in check.

    ConsGrade deflation is difficult to deal with, especially for students who are used to being at the top of their classes in high school.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive better feedback to students. Grade feedback is the worst part of Princeton's undergraduate education. It varies by department, but it should be standardized to a degree.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fond memories of grad school here

    Graduate Student (Former Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsExcellent resources, brilliant professors and students. I learned so much and made lifelong friends. Very active alumni network. Beautiful campus. Supportive administration.

    ConsPrinceton itself isn't the most happening place to live. However this can be a pro-there is much more student life, and NYC is just a train ride away. The qualifying (general) exam process can be very stressful in most of the departments here, but this is true of other universities as well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unethical DBA group.

    Oracle Peoplesoft Database Administrator (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    ProsIn central New Jersey. Office is new and nice location. Good pay. If you negotiate you get higher grade.

    ConsTuition reimbursement benefits are bad. Insurance (LTD) is not that great. Bullying boss and unethical DBA team.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your DBAs nicely.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A Great Place to Study

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe university takes very good care of its people. Excellent health care coverage, a beautiful environment, surrounded by interesting people. Many extracurricular programs for personal and professional development.

    ConsIt is quiet. Town is a gem, but small and a bit boring after a while. Housing in town is expensive.

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    Overall OK place to work as a postdoc

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosbenefits, scientific environment, work-life balance. Very quiet town,

    Consno support for future career planning

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    a great place to work and live

    Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee)
    Princeton, NJ

    Prosgood working atmosphere
    a friendly environment
    everyone is willing to help
    nice office
    great opportunities to hear good seminars and meet experts

    Conshigh living cost
    office is not sound proof
    people do not talk to each other often
    cold winter

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