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Princeton University Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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4.1 136 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber

Christopher L. Eisgruber

(14 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Beautiful campus and surrounding area(in 13 reviews)

  • The labs are close together which create a very collaborative working environment(in 9 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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    Research Assistant

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHigh academic level, abundant access to resources and nice faculties

    ConsDistant from the city; traffic is a problem when going out for fun

    Advice to Senior ManagementCould facilitate more industrial connection with scientific research

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    Challenging

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) Princeton, NJ

    ProsLots of interesting people to talk to. Very good academics. Enjoy walking around campus. Very flexible schedule.

    ConsUnrealistic expectations of advisers. Very little idea of future direction. Not a great place for engineers to start a career. Many people just do consulting of finance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCollaborate more with engineering companies.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Princeton U. treat employee very well

    Postdoctoral Research Associate (Former Employee) Princeton, NJ

    ProsGood administration system. Many procedure can be done online. Save your time for research. People are so nice and helpful.

    Cons(1) The living cost is pretty high there.
    (2) Public transportation system is not very good around the town. Basically, driving is required if not living in the campus.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat working environment, beautiful town and nice place to live.

    ConsCompetition is fierce. Rains a lot.

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    Great place with few setbacks

    Postdoctoral Associate (Current Employee) Princeton, NJ

    ProsIvy league institute with knowledgeable and field-leading researchers. The benefits are great, parking is free and the campus is beautiful.

    ConsLack of a directly affiliated hospital means biomedical/translational research is limited . Hence, there is a heavy focus on fundamental basic science. Campus and Princeton at large can feel exceedingly slow if you come from a big city.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up good work and expand the scope of the biological sciences, especially in genomics.

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

     

    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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    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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    Engineering Graduate Student

    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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    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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