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Princeton University Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
165 Reviews
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165 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    Great funding, safe town, benefits, high-quality faculty, close proximity to major cities, fantastic events and speakers

    Cons

    Graduate student life is not exactly vibrant, few local dining options, limited housing, administration unconcerned about graduate student life

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    Psychology RA

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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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, understanding grad students and professors, pretty good pay depending on the type of study you need to run

    Cons

    None really - communication with grad students and professors is key to making sure no problems arise, and when they do, to quickly come up with solutions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Termporary

    Former Employee - Temporary
    Former Employee - Temporary

    I worked at Princeton University as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent manager and interesting work. Opportunity to assist in additional projects and work with various departments and new systems. Wonderful and knowledgeable coworkers.

    Cons

    Although I loved using the environmentally friendly bus, or walking from the remote parking, it did add another 15-20 minutes to my commute time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Fantastic place to do research, though the housing/location and pay options not the best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - top researchers across most fields of study are here
    - small university setting, so many opportunities for collaboration
    - many opportunities for internal funding support
    - isolated location, so conducive for work
    - good networking value for future career development
    - generally collegial work environment
    - supportive interest from administration for teaching
    - decent benefits package

    Cons

    - not the most exciting location to live in
    - very inflated housing market in immediate area; most require commute on major, congested roads
    - large focus on academic career path; less support for alternative careers after moving on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Extremely rewarding place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a broad range of intellectual and social advancement that takes place and a real commitment to teach at every level. The Faculty encourages curiosity and partners well with their technical staff. The campus is beautiful and the students are engaged. Monthly luncheons, an occasional field trip and access to cultural activities on campus greatly benefits camaraderie.

    Cons

    It is a very expensive locale to live in. It sometimes gets system intensive as if every metric requires measurement. No doubt some of this is due to Government regulations and self-evaluation is a benefit. However, the shear volume and constant re-vamping of paperwork, new accounting and policy changes can be tiresome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not every function is empirically measurable. Just a little more detail needs to be paid to the big picture. Historically, that has been what has instilled greatness in this institution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Princeton mol bio department cares very little about its scientists

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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 full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits, great academic reputation, beautiful campus. Decent food in the cafeterias. Easy walking distance to "downtown" Princeton.

    Cons

    Red tape. Catty and rude office staff. Entitled undergrads we're expected to coddle. Isolated scientifically and socially. Crap health insurance. Retirement benefits would be excellent if they didn't take 3 years to vest. Seriously, Princeton?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lots of opportunity for research at the cost of work-life balance

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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student

    I worked at Princeton University

    Pros

    Many different types of research available and funding is usually (usually) not an issue for graduate students. Greatly committed to making sure people can progress in an academic career.

    Cons

    Professors are less concerned or are outright hostile towards looking at careers in industry. Social life in Princeton can be difficult, with limited options in the area for outside of work activities.

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    HR policies exist but are not followed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University

    Pros

    Good working conditions and location

    Cons

    Very poor communications and understanding of policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your policies are both know and followed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    THE place for undergrads

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    - campus is beautiful during all times of year
    - focused on undergraduates since the graduate school is quite small
    - very liberal arts focused - no pre-professional programs
    - unparalleled faculty and student body

    Cons

    - Heavy workload
    - Undergraduate advising system needs improvement
    - "Aging out" of the residential college system
    - Tuition is expensive
    - Competitive atmosphere

  11.  

    Great university for undergrads

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University part-time

    Pros

    huge undergrad focus, beautiful campus, small campus easy to maneuver around, professors are top-notch

    Cons

    work-life balance, not great for grad students, expensive local area, expensive to get into, transparency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work-life balance, leadership development opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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