Princeton University Reviews

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Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus and surrounding area (in 17 reviews)

  • Great working environment, beautiful town and nice place to live (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Only go to school here if you're satisfied to live in a small town with 5 bars (in 8 reviews)

  • Work-life balance depending on your position -- it was excellent for me, but isn't for everyone (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Self-employment can be fun, but comes with risks

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

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I can set my own hours, work at home, and set my own rates. I choose my clients and deal directly with them. I can keep up with industry design styles and trends instead of being overly bound to internal style guidelines.

    Cons

    Sometimes I'm not collaborating with anyone else and that can get lonely. I need to set up very strong contract in order to get paid.


  2. associate vice president

    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Princeton, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    location, benefits, atmosphere, work conditions

    Cons

    salary, pension, 401k, job security

    Advice to Management

    provide employees with a retirement plan


  3. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Connecticut in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Connecticut in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Great environment

    Cons

    Tedious work at certain times.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more opportunities for hour shifts


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Researcher

    • Work/Life Balance
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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 full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Top 10 university in the world with internationally renowned faculty.

    Cons

    Large focus on the undergraduate population means that research staff are undervalued, despite need for high level of research output.


  6. A good learning experience

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Intern in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learnt many important research skills. A good way to learn a lot in a short amount of time.

    Cons

    Long hours spent analyzing data in front of computer.


  7. Good place to do scientific research

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Graduate Research Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not all you would expect

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Great experience, long boring hours

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Security Officer in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Meet a very diverse culture of people from all over the world. Close knit culture amongst peers.

    Cons

    Long hours standing on your feet 8+ hours a day. Very little work praise.


  11. 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.



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