Princeton University Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
141 Reviews

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141 Reviews
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Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Beautiful campus and surrounding area (in 13 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)

  • Untenured professors or other work-driven profs may treat graduate students poorly (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very demanding work culture

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    Former Employee - Lecturer  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Lecturer in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    It's Princeton. You get the chance to meet with the world's most renowned researchers, professors, and scientists from almost all areas of study, and the smartest students from around the world.

    Cons

    Although you work and live in the best university in the world, it is hard to really enjoy all the benefits that would first come to anyone who heard about your job--you simply have no time. The work would take up all your time and it was rarely the case that you could have a weekend all to yourself, regardless of the fact that you've been working really really hard on weekdays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working for just 26 weeks per year is the nature of all teaching jobs. It cannot be taken as a legitimate explanation for giving your employees twice as much work as they could handle during that 26 weeks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    There is no better place to get an education.

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Student  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Student in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of resources to provide students with. Buildings are beautiful and state of the art, faculty are second to none and the students that you learn around are among the best in the world.

    Cons

    Very heavy focus on finance/consulting regarding career counseling and opportunities. If uninterested in these fields, much of the work must be done on your own.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great environment for PhD candidate

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Full funding (though I was supported through external fellowships for my whole stay). Many very smart people. Clean energy is receiving a much stronger focus these days, so that is a good area to be in here.

    Cons

    Everything here is very fundamental.... not so many people doing applied work. This is good for fundamental science, but not as good for engineering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Job

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    Former Employee - Student Part-Time Employee
    Former Employee - Student Part-Time Employee

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

    Pros

    Interactive, Engaging, Large variety of work to be done. Encouraged to problem-solve and find creative solutions. Helpful knowledge-base to address common issues that customers may have. The equipment is state of the art and lends itself to easy on the job learning. Pay is very good and the office environment is friendly.

    Cons

    Workload can vary based on the time of year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Fantastic place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits!
    Everyone here is so smart!
    Fantastic compensation.

    Cons

    Nothing to do in town. Princeton is boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I had more opportunities to design my own projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University

    Pros

    High academic level, abundant access to resources and nice faculties

    Cons

    Distant from the city; traffic is a problem when going out for fun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could facilitate more industrial connection with scientific research

  8.  

    Challenging

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of interesting people to talk to. Very good academics. Enjoy walking around campus. Very flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of advisers. Very little idea of future direction. Not a great place for engineers to start a career. Many people just do consulting of finance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaborate more with engineering companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    RA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    Great working environment, beautiful town and nice place to live.

    Cons

    Competition is fierce. Rains a lot.

  10.  

    Princeton U. treat employee very well

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at Princeton University as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good administration system. Many procedure can be done online. Save your time for research. People are so nice and helpful.

    Cons

    (1) The living cost is pretty high there.
    (2) Public transportation system is not very good around the town. Basically, driving is required if not living in the campus.

  11.  

    Great place with few setbacks

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Ivy league institute with knowledgeable and field-leading researchers. The benefits are great, parking is free and the campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Lack of a directly affiliated hospital means biomedical/translational research is limited . Hence, there is a heavy focus on fundamental basic science. Campus and Princeton at large can feel exceedingly slow if you come from a big city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up good work and expand the scope of the biological sciences, especially in genomics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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