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Princeton University Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
162 Reviews
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162 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.  

    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 (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.

  2.  

    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 (less than an 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
  3.  

    Great school for grad students

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    I am in one of the physical sciences. Princeton has top-notch people and resources that make research life exciting and interesting.

    Cons

    While work-life balance is good (depending on your advisor - mine is good), there is not much nearby to do for fun for a grad student. Most of us go to NY, New Brunswick, or Philly for fun. A car is very helpful.

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  5.  

    Engineering Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student (PhD) in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Graduate Student (PhD) in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    - Excellent academic atmosphere, with lots of exciting and impactful research
    - Research facilities, equipment, and resources are top of the line
    - Beautiful campus and surrounding area
    - NYC is ~1 hour train ride away

    Cons

    - The town is quite small, so it is easy to get a little stir crazy if you don't have a car
    - Campus and town are over-run by high school campers during the summer

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Annual Giving Office/Tigercaller

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Princeton University part-time

    Pros

    Good hours, pay and great experience in terms of fundraising and convincing people

    Cons

    The job exhausts you pretty quickly, since you talk to people for 3 hours straight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Incredibly hard-working people

    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)

    Pros

    People at Princeton are down to Earth and very hard working. This is not true for everyone, but many of the students and faculty have a sense of humility. The grade delation policy definitely keeps the students' egos in check.

    Cons

    Grade deflation is difficult to deal with, especially for students who are used to being at the top of their classes in high school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better feedback to students. Grade feedback is the worst part of Princeton's undergraduate education. It varies by department, but it should be standardized to a degree.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fond memories of grad school here

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent resources, brilliant professors and students. I learned so much and made lifelong friends. Very active alumni network. Beautiful campus. Supportive administration.

    Cons

    Princeton itself isn't the most happening place to live. However this can be a pro-there is much more student life, and NYC is just a train ride away. The qualifying (general) exam process can be very stressful in most of the departments here, but this is true of other universities as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Unethical DBA group.

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    Current Employee - Oracle Peoplesoft Database Administrator in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Oracle Peoplesoft Database Administrator in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In central New Jersey. Office is new and nice location. Good pay. If you negotiate you get higher grade.

    Cons

    Tuition reimbursement benefits are bad. Insurance (LTD) is not that great. Bullying boss and unethical DBA team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your DBAs nicely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Graduate life is research oriented

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

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

    Pros

    Highly research focused, nothing else

    Cons

    Very little interaction with outside world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more career fairs and care about student's career

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A Great Place to Study

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University

    Pros

    The university takes very good care of its people. Excellent health care coverage, a beautiful environment, surrounded by interesting people. Many extracurricular programs for personal and professional development.

    Cons

    It is quiet. Town is a gem, but small and a bit boring after a while. Housing in town is expensive.

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