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Stanford University Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
751 Reviews
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Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 39 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 25 reviews)

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

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very good company to work for

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Beautiful campus

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-Life balance
    HIP and BeWell program
    Tuition program

    Cons

    commute
    scattered staff all over campus due to lack of space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    flexible work schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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)

    Pros

    World class faculty and resources

    Cons

    The stress can get to you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Postdoctoral Fellow

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Tons of resources
    great career center
    great libraries
    great colleagues
    great networking opportunities to find VCs
    almost every other person is doing a start-up
    great resources
    great commuting benefits

    Cons

    overall everybody is highly competitive, and sometimes not in a healthy way
    one could be trapped into the perception of Stanford's the best of the best
    housing and everything around Stanford is very expensive
    since Stanford has the largest campus in the US, sometimes it takes over 30mins to get to a certain building
    food options are okay but expensive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent opportunity for an Engineering PhD Student

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

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

    Pros

    Great people. Everyone is very intelligent. Lots of good opportunities for activities/clubs/sports as a graduate student.

    Cons

    Life of a PhD student cant be isolated. Lots of long hours spent in labs in basements of buildings. I think this is probably the case at any competitive program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company great benefits, primarily old people in the work enviroment

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    Current Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Students on campus make you feel like you're still in college.

    Cons

    Lots of old people that work as Staff and Faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free Food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great experience and culture

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

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment for collaboration. Top research university - draws a lot of funding. Great benefits like a free cal-train pass for full-time employees. Access to on-campus gyms and pools.

    Cons

    Parking is tough and permits can be expensive. Depending on the department you're in, the buildings/labs are a little dated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I love to work at Stanford

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    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was the most amazing experience working at Stanford. There are so many intelligent people and always innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Need to work very hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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