Stanford University Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Postdoc

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, world class facilities, beautiful location. Stanford is incredible strong in the biological sciences, with a bias towards experimental efforts. The benefits are fantastic, as is the more general social offerings for students and postdocs. The institutions name brings many talented individuals to campus, and also helps with future job prospects

    Cons

    Competitive culture lurks below surface. While the relaxed Californian attitude is clear at Stanford, there are obviously strong competitive forces at work, and despite their prestigious positions, many PIs are poor managers of the talented people they have in their labs. For those in experimental work, the strong focus on high impact work, means that many grad students and postdocs may work on single projects lasting several years with the sole aim of a high impact publication. This means that for those who are not fortunate enough to lad an exciting results, they will be rather empty handed. PIs with big labs assume that not all projects will work, but a fraction will, allowing continued high level output, however, typically at the cost of burning junior trainees.

  2. Director

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Wonderful physical environment
    Mission driven people

    Cons

    Low salary as it is higher education compared to industry
    More challenging to move around

  3. clinical research coordinator

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    cutting edge translational clinical research

    Cons

    limited opportunity for upward mobility within the department

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  5. Interesting research at a well known university

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

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Location,Location,Location. THe campus is second to none

    Cons

    Rent is outrageous in area but it comes with the territory of being in the bay area.

    Advice to Management

    Good Job.

  6. Friendly

    Current Employee - Desktop Support Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Technician in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Access to Stanford facilities.

    Cons

    Not many at the moment.

  7. Stimulating environment and cutting edge research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people in the world. Encouraging interdisciplinary research collaboration. Access to the high tech instruments that may not be available in other universities. Internal scientists often give worldclass lectures on campus. Invited speakers for seminars are usually significant contributors of the field.

    Cons

    Cumbersome reagent ordering system (if it's a non-catalog request). Poor processing of administration / bureaucracy (cumbersome paper work and sometimes missing paychecks...). Salary for researchers is disproportional to the extremely high living expenses in the bay area.

    Advice to Management

    Please simplify the ordering system.

  8. Great if you find the right spot

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lovely location, good benefits, and a great experience of you find the right people.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive salaries, bureaucratic administration, long way from SF

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the administrative systems.

  9. Very good company to work for

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    Current Contractor - ETL Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - ETL Consultant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best work/life balance , very flexible hours. Management is ready to listen and care about employees

    Cons

    None. Really , i can't think about any negative aspects. Small project issues , but all resolved during regular work routine

  10. Fantastic

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

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    five outdoor swimming pools; decent lunch options; surrounded by nature; pretty good carreer advice (depending on your advisor); serious commitment to work-life balance; many job opportunities.

    Cons

    The cost of living in the surrounding area is outrageous. It's not the most diverse campus. Other than that, it's hard to complain.

  11. Student and Student Worker

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    World class faculty and resources

    Cons

    The stress can get to you

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