Princeton University Reviews

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  1. Good place to do scientific research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great access to experts in all fields and all scientific journals
    A great scientific research atmosphere

    Cons

    Salary is too low, large pressure to publish and apply for research funding

  2. Graduate Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1.Very stable funding. Even if the PI can't feed you, you can always find a TA position to fund yourself.
    2.Small community, so strong connection between people, and it is easy to find the help needed.
    3.Good facilities

    Cons

    Small community, so resources are not as abundant as big research institute.

    Advice to Management

    Highly dependent on PI, so it all up to you decision in choosing a PI

  3. Not all you would expect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits - vacation, sick days, 401k, health, etc. A lot of attention is paid to diversity, work life balance, etc. and some of it isn't even lip service.

    Cons

    Becoming increasingly corporate but salaries are probably not as competitive as corporate. Benefits are shrinking while cost to employees increases. As with most education, be prepared to understand that faculty and students are the reasons you're there. Deep pockets mean bad decisions are easily covered up. Traffic into any part of the campus is miserable and you cannot afford to live nearby.

    Advice to Management

    If the goal is to become more corporate, I have no advice - they are doing just fine. In my "brief" career at the university (and, at Princeton 10+ years IS brief), I have watched the character of the place change significantly. Or, moreover, I have watched its character disappear. My sense is that this will not much bother the current regime.

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  5. Depending on what department you fall into, depends how much you'll love your job

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    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Library Assistant in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, vacation, sick days, personal days, and etc. 401k, tuition reimbursement, etc etc

    Cons

    Human Resources seem not be neutral anymore and heavily favor management on all aspects.
    Benefits can be bit better for the price the employee is paying.
    Really hard to advance in certain departments, favoritism and nepotism is slightly rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Probably nothing much to change except you have some rude and unqualified senior human resources people. I loved working there, and some of the programs that were developed for the employees were fantastic. Its just a shame you have a few spoiled apples in the bunch.

  6. It is wonderful to work here.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There are so many resources here.

    Cons

    You will need a car to get around.

    Advice to Management

    Provide funding for labs that have been around for a while.

  7. Chemistry Ph.D. candidate

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The University is a great place to work and live, with facilities, amenities, and academic program second to none. The campus is like a country club, and some of the world's foremost researchers work here.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, your experience and academic program quality changes dramatically based on your academic advisor. For some, this works out really well. For others, it can be a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Institute more careful controls over the course of a Ph.D. education. Require that all academic departments follow guidelines crafted to ensure a minimum quality in the Ph.D. experience.

  8. Helpful (1)

    I have been a graduate student here for two years. Generally the atmosphere is great, we feel like a community.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is great to be here since it is such a nice city, people feel nice, collaborative, much of resources, and great professors

    Cons

    the cold weather makes it a little bit uncomfortable in the winter, especially during cold weather and ice. I hate the winter

  9. Great student experience

    Current Employee - Tutor in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Tutor in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    Work-life balance, training, compensation, company values

    Cons

    Growth opportunities
    Study Hall times can be late at night

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  10. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - MPA Student in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - MPA Student in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have had a great experience at WWS. Graduate students generally receive full tuition scholarships in addition to stipends. The faculty and staff have been very warm and welcoming. The small cohort creates a real community.

    Cons

    The size of the program limits the course offerings.

  11. Princeton is the pinnacle of Higher Ed Institutions

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Support in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Information Technology Support in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful work place
    committed to excellence in education
    compensation is competitive for the NY metro area

    Cons

    becoming more corporate
    career paths are not clear
    upward mobility is difficult to impossible

    Advice to Management

    Create a mentoring program
    Help staff to plan and follow a career path

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