Princeton University

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Princeton University Reviews

Updated December 3, 2014
Updated December 3, 2014
157 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.  

    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

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    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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    Intellectually satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    How you feel about PhD experience is highly dependent on what program are you in and who your adviser is. I'm in the AOS program, and most of the advisers are highly off-hands, especially mine. I'm free to spend my time to explore my own ideas or do totally unrelated stuffs. On the other hands, the faculties and fellow students and postdocs are highly supportive. It is especially satisfying to discuss problems with people smarter than you!

    Cons

    If you come up with your own projects, then you might feel you are not making progress because the faculties here probably will not hand you cooked ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Graduate Student in Science Field

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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)

    Pros

    Lots of resources available to students, great family-friendly policies, exciting research

    Cons

    Experience in training is variable from group to group. Teaching in my department is pretty terrible (but only for grad-level courses). Princeton is an expensive place to live, and the housing options are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More affordable housing for students, better management training for professors (especially in regards to students in underrepresented groups, e.g. women, LGBT, racial and ethnic minorities)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    Excellent University, elite education

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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 an year)

    Pros

    Princeton is the place for you to learn, think and research. Many excellent faculties. It is a university famous for small class and elite education, students have more contacts and communications with professors. Also famous for general education with a good combination of scientific and humanistic atmosphere. Focus on critical thinking.

    Cons

    Too conceptual, far away from practice. "Princeton students are smart but have their own agenda".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    World Top Level

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Facility is fancy. Working environment is great.

    Cons

    Nothing bad except expensive housing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything is great. Enjoy working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    great for undergraduate students

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    Current Employee - Student Technology Consultant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Student Technology Consultant in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for students. Offers chances for personal growth.

    Cons

    inconsistent across different student jobs; jobs don't offer much personal growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A lovely museum in a nice town and university

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    Former Employee - Head of Education in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Head of Education in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The PUAM is a formidable art museum for a college and has a great collection. The museum is continuing to expand, both in terms of collection and grounds, and reaching to other audiences. The staff is supportive, and curating for special exhibitions can be a good amount of work but also very satisfying. The student guides and the other docents are also very friendly and I enjoyed working with them enormously. You might need to work on weekends but that is only for events and you'd be glad to attend.

    Cons

    Some of us feel a little overqualified, but that is the situation in the job market in arts and museums. I'm glad to be heading to a role where I could do more as a curator of my period of art, but will definitely miss the students and the lovely atmosphere at Princeton.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great place if you are all about Academia

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A place for cutting-edge research and technology. Available resources for pretty much everything needed. There's less distractions in a small town and still within day-trip distance to the City.

    Cons

    Maybe a little bit on the traditional side in terms of culture, but that varies with people.

  11.  

    Positive experience for a PhD student

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

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

    Pros

    Princeton is a beautiful campus and a rich academic environment for a graduate student. While the campus social activity is certainly more directed to the undergraduates, the Graduate School really does try to provide many events and avenues for grad students to have fun outside the lab and classroom. The proximity to New York and Philadelphia is great, too. The academic environment is challenging - but provides a good community for support and growth. The financial support for PhD student is excellent compared to other schools.

    Cons

    The academic environment can be overwhelming, and at times feel like there isn't structured support at the department-level for graduate students. Groups of students in departments or between departments, or a mentor besides one's advisor can be helpful. The housing situation seems to be changing for Graduate Students, and finding affordable housing can be tough in an expensive market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Graduate students work hard, teach undergraduates, and often spend 5-6 years (or more) on campus. So any additional support (academic and financial) would be helpful.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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