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Stanford University Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
699 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For a physics department of this caliber, there's great work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 20 reviews)

  • Sociopathic managers, poor salary, no advancement, poor work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life Science Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work enviornment. Great benefits. Great area for intellectual growth

    Cons

    Pay could be higher. I find that as a LSRA finding the balance between work and personal life is hard due to personal goals for achievments in science.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment to work (for non-academic staff positions) but not for career growth.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition reimbursement for yourself (undergraduate and graduate degree) and your dependents (up to four years to complete undergraduate degree). Free use of athletic facilities (gym, swimming pool, squash, tennis, etc.) health benefits, and matching 401K program. Good work/life balance, so if you have children, it is a flexible place to work.

    Cons

    Low salary relative to industry standard. Annual increase is very minimal, so you have to negotiate best salary in the beginning or move to other departments or schools (within the University) to get significant increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep up compensation with the market to attract key talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great environment, lots of work opportunities, challenging and stimulating work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Work environment, work life balance, benefits, colleagues, supervisors, career opportunities. Pretty much everything else besides salary. Scenic campus, It is a pleasure to wake up and go to work.

    Cons

    compensation, high cost of living on the peninsula. This is the tradeoff for a better, much less stressful quality of life, including shorter commute if you live close to the caltrain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A fantastic place to study.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Tons of resources available to students, both for research and personal development. This is *the* place to be to study at any education level. This is the opportunity to study under the best in their field, no matter what field they're in. There is plenty to challenge anyone.

    Cons

    Graduate school anywhere can be stressful, but this is more dependent upon the research group you work with. Salary for graduate students is of course low, but everyone knows that going in. I never thought so many people could live in such a wonderful place and spend all their time in labs not enjoying the outdoors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    student ambassador for Stanford Dining.

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    Former Employee - Stanford Dining Ambassador  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Stanford Dining Ambassador in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some creative input, some flexibility for new programming, but ultimately constrained by

    Cons

    everything always has to be approved and re-approved by executives and the marketing department, even if you have the key expertise over an area. It's a little ridiculous. Sometimes you might feel that you are not trusted to do your job thoroughly, and that you would somehow try to soil the brand if given the opportunity.

    Meetings with management are extremely difficult to land, and you might get a cold email from a secretary telling you there is no time for an executive to discuss a certain matter with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give students the time to talk when they need to talk. Meaning gets lost in email threads. Hear us out over the phone or schedule in-person meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great environment to push yourself.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The perfect place to pursue cutting edge research and entrepreneurship.

    Cons

    All-consuming, requires a lot of time commitment. Everyone is working long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    beautiful place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    it is a good place to work

    Cons

    the salary is very low

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away from the School of Medicine

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    Current Employee - Simulation Technology Specialist  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Simulation Technology Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Health benefits, name recognition, money for equipment, paid holidays. You will work with brilliant and dedicated physicians. People come from around the world to check out programs at Stanford. Employees working in areas outside the school of medicine seem much happier than those inside it.

    Cons

    Sociopathic managers, poor salary, no advancement, poor work-life balance. Many managers answer to essentially no one. Micromanagement and nasty emails are rampant. Working harder or doing better work does not result in better treatment. Turnover in my department was over 50% during my time there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to high turnover rates in specific departments, treat staff with the same respect as faculty, improve mechanisms for identifying and addressing abusive managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Department Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks for staff.

    Cons

    Staff are treated as second class citizens. Management do not support staff. Faculty are favored.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It allowed me to meet with many walks of life and to experience Job Growth/fulfillment while I was there.

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    Former Employee - Medical School Media Services  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Medical School Media Services in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many Growth Opportunities and helpful people

    Cons

    Limited work flexibility. It didn't give me the ability to adjust my hours do to time restraints on activities.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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