Princeton University Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber
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Pros
  • Beautiful campus and surrounding area (in 17 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Only go to school here if you're satisfied to live in a small town with 5 bars (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. Startup Intern at Keller Center

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    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Princeton University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fantastic campus, good resources/support, and friendly people.

    Cons

    Entrepreneurship classes are way too long.

    Advice to Management

    More focuses on effective and efficient message delivery


  2. Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Princeton University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good colleagues, no teaching requirement

    Cons

    Pay was low, lower than some of the Ivys (i.e. Harvard, Yale)


  3. Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Princeton University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, good work/life balance. A great place for a first job or somewhere comfortable to work if you've already got the 2 1/2 kids and a mortgage and just need a paycheck. Benefits are outstanding and employees are treated fairly. You'll either work here a few years or 40 it seems.

    Cons

    Lack of mobility, raises capped at 2% a year. Promotions are unlikely as most departments hierarchy is flat and people stay here FOREVER. Project planning and documentation doesn't exist or is done in such an ad hoc manner it communicated much by word of mouth. Technology is treated as a cost center and not central to the universities goals even if given lip service by senior management. The administrative side of the university is run 50% as a business and 50% as a University and you'll have to deal with the bizarre result. If you work for the Academic side and your project is funded you'll have no issues.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management between the academic and administrative sides of the university need to be in better communication, or at least be able to convey information to employees in a meaningful way.


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  5. Great place to do research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Great place to do research! Many opportunities in the academics (workshops, advisors, visiting scholars etc)

    Cons

    Can't really think of any. Everything is taken good care of. You have nothing to worry about except for your work.


  6. Non Faculty Employee

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great undergraduate students and helpful support staff

    Cons

    Don't effectively address employee problems.


  7. Superlative

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Princeton University (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incomparable intellectual vibrancy and you will meet the best-in-class here.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to add.


  8. Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work . really like it

    Cons

    None I can really think of


  9. Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    People know the name, good school.

    Cons

    Working for the weekend (you will be at work on your weekend)


  10. Great colleagues

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful colleagues across campus and good opportunities for professional development. You will enjoy a real sense of community. Growth opportunities are readily available but it's up to you to go after them.

    Cons

    Behavior of senior management in HR is poor at best. Research carefully before you enter this department.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at how the top is managed in HR. Current President is an excellent leader and will hopefully make a positive impact across the board.


  11. going downhill

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people who work here, but it varies by dept. Benefits and perks are good.

    Cons

    Has become more corporate in the last 5 years, much less security and morale is down across the board. Avoid procurement services/sourcing dept, assoc. director does not have good people management skills.



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