Princeton University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
141 Reviews

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141 Reviews
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Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber
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Review Highlights

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

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


Cons
  • It's a small town, and a relatively small University (in 8 reviews)

  • Untenured professors or other work-driven profs may treat graduate students poorly (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent place for studying

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    This is one of the best university in US.

    Cons

    It is very competitive here.

  2.  

    I love working at PU.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    Great environment. great people. great benefits.

    Cons

    Pay scale is on the lower end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bendheim Center for Finance

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

    I worked at Princeton University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and interesting projects, if you want to do quantitative finance - this is the place for you. You are here to advance your academic standing, not to make money.

    Cons

    The pay for a research assistant is not competitive with any major financial company, but if you're working here you're obviously there to get experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I actually think the management of Bendheim was pretty good!

    Recommends
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    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Princeton University is a an Ivy League institution of the highest caliber with excellent benefits and work environment.

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    Former Employee - Manager of Intercollegiate Programming  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager of Intercollegiate Programming in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits package and the environment and people are second to none. There is always opportunity to advance your career.

    Cons

    The campus is spread out, so you have to be pro-active in building relationships cross campus departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As one of THE best in the Ivy League and higher education, Princeton employs the best available from service positions to the President.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not Worth It

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good facilities, and intellectual environment.

    Cons

    Unsupportive Human Resources department, in my experience. Be forewarned: they are definitely not there for you, but for the university. This won't be hard to see as they don't particularly care to hide it.

    When I tried to negotiate my salary, I was told that if I didn't want the job, there was a long line of people who would be only too happy to replace me! It was quite shocking to be spoken to with such disdain and to be seen as so dispensible, all before the first day at work! If you notice these things and can afford to, forgo the prestige of working here as it is not worth it in the end - it will not get any better and you will save yourself from the stress and trauam that comes from working in an undermining environment..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your "lower level" employess, such as lab techs. Pay more attention to how your PIs are treating their lab staff. Put procedures in place to get feedback from them. on operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lab research group

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Researcher in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment. Nice, friendly staff and a nurturing environment for growth.

    Cons

    Initial hiring process can be bureaucratic, requiring trips to various buildings spread across campus to get all the required signatures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Wonderful place to work

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Terrific leadership, intellectually stimulating environment, ample resources, beautiful setting, runs like a well-oiled machine - with lovely facilities, overall very positive environment with highly competent and respectful staff, lots of programs to encourage overall staff well-being, great benefits overall.

    Cons

    Staff are second-class citizens (compared to faculty, students and postdocs). Compensation is good upon entry, but there are systems in place that make it hard to get a decent raise if you stay in the same job but take on increasing responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit the promotion and raise system. In the current structure, someone whose job grows significantly has a big incentive to transfer to another position in order to get an appropriate raise - because it is difficult to increase the salary in a meaningful way even when the official job level is raised.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good

    Former Employee - Campus Representative  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Campus Representative in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Princeton University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great atmosphere. supervisors at office were always friendly and enthusiastic and willing to help employees with advancement within the company

    Cons

    didnt experience anything particularly challenging because i worked a part time student job and didnt spend any real time in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good work

  10.  

    Review as a grad student

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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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The geographical environment is excellent. One of the most scenic campuses I have ever been. Less worry about fundings. Very prestigious in academic community.

    Cons

    The housing is getting limited for grad students. The postdoc salary is no good. Most departments are small in size so hard to find relevant courses sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Student health insurance can be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Can't wait to graduate and leave Princeton!

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The university does a relatively good job of activities on campus and trips to the city etc. Unfortunately these don't really make up for living in such a small town. The academics are amazing however, generally very good teachers, seminars and research.

    Cons

    I would say the majority of graduate students at Princeton would not recommend it. I was warned by several past students and successful Professors, but I thought I knew better. Only go to school here if you're satisfied to live in a small town with 5 bars.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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