Princeton University
4.1 of 5 116 reviews
www.princeton.edu Princeton, NJ 5000+ Employees

Princeton University Reviews

Updated Apr 9, 2014
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100% Approve of the CEO

Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber

Christopher L. Eisgruber

(7 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Excellent salary and benefits, beautiful campus, use of college facilities"
    in 11 reviews
  • "benefits, scientific environment, work-life balance"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "It's a small town, and a relatively small University"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Little social life in town, very family-oriented"
    in 3 reviews
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Fond memories of grad school here

Graduate Student (Former Employee)
Princeton, NJ

I worked at Princeton University full-time for more than 5 years

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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Incredibly hard-working people

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Princeton, NJ

I have been working at Princeton University full-time for more than 3 years

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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A Great Place to Study

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Princeton University

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)

I have been working at Princeton University full-time

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

I have been working at Princeton University full-time for less than a year

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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I am having a very good time at Princeton University. Good environment. Great professors. Intelligent classmates.

PhD Candidate (Current Employee)
Princeton, NJ

I have been working at Princeton University full-time for more than 3 years

Prospretty and quite campus, very good academic atmosphere

Consmust have a car to go around

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

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nice place to work if you have a family

Research Specialist II (Current Employee)
Princeton, NJ

I have been working at Princeton University full-time for less than a year

Prosquiet work place. very independent workload. relaxed environment, benefits are great. lots of vacation time. the number of snow days are a little ridiculous

ConsThe salary is modest. everyone is very young which implies that the work expected is for more junior employees in the beginning stages of their career. They rely on the cheap labor of post docs with the name of "Princeton" as motivation to move the work along.

Advice to Senior Managementpay technicians more

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

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Finance & Treasury has become the captive of its consultants

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Princeton, NJ

I worked at Princeton University full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPrinceton culture is a kind and caring environment

ConsIn a desperate effort to make its Prime program succeed, the Finance and Treasury organization has let its consultant, Huron, hold almost all key leadership roles on its Prime program. As a result, there is no knowledge transfer, just cost overruns due to the need to keep funding Huron. Princeton employees in Finance and Treasury are being laid off to save costs.

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce your dependency on Huron and develop your own staff

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

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Nonexistent top-down organization, unless you have connections to senior management.

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Princeton, NJ

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

ProsBusiness department looks good on resume.
Good sales/client service experience.

ConsHierarchy is steep, and you can only climb the latter to be business manager if you schmooze with the bosses.

Advice to Senior ManagementMore meritocracy, less favoritism.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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student at pu

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Princeton University

Prosgreat university! everyone should apply!

Consa lot of hard work! grade deflation!

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