Princeton University Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Great training sessions, beautiful campus and friendly atmosphere (in 17 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)

  • 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. Compliance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University

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

    Pros

    Great place to work; great benefits.401K match can't be beat.

    Cons

    None at this time that I can think of

  2. Had a part time job in the kitchen as part of work study.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University part-time

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

    Pros

    The hours were flexible, there was an organized schedule and it was not difficult to switch shifts with people.

    Cons

    The kitchen was hot. I did not wear appropriate shoes the first time around. The work was difficult compared to other campus jobs.

    Advice to Management

    I can't think of anything in particular. I think the experience (had I not been so busy with classes and other things) would have been more enjoyable.

  3. 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

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  5. Research Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. Beautiful campus and community.

    Cons

    The surrounding community is wonderful but pricey.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. as a phd student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good quality of live, nice professors, workload is small

    Cons

    far aways from silicon valley

  10. Worked there in the summer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University

    Pros

    Great group of people in campus recreation department

    Cons

    Can not think of any

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  11. 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.

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