Stanford University Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
683 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.  

    best place to have a PhD and enjoy life

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

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

    Pros

    intellectually stimulating environment, provides a lot of resources for PhD student who seek for academia or non-academia path

    Cons

    competitive and stressful environment, people are friendly but they usually don't have time for you,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a centralized email system who sends out valuable information to graduate students on a constant basis in an organized way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stanford University

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    Current Employee - Executive Administrator  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good location and great diversity

    Cons

    This is an Academic environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers, excellent learning environment, team cohesion, amazing benefits

    Cons

    Academic institution compensation, not as high as industry pay

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exceptional institution, incredibly bright, motivated people, flexible work schedules available

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

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Stanford offers good compensation, a chance to work with and learn from people at the top of their fields, and an engaging, motivating academic environment. The campus itself is a gorgeous place to work. Co-workers are friendly, and I have found even the department heads are accessible. An additional perk is the opportunity to meet well-known thinkers and industry leaders via Stanford's many events.

    Cons

    Politics. Sometimes the person doing the most work gets the least credit. But no worse than in other places. The only other con is parking (!) if you are a consultant and don't have a parking pass.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Highly appreciate Stanford's support of a work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a productive and stimulating environment to work in.

    Cons

    Not much work and life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    a place you can work for life

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Associate in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    fair pair, great benefits, great people, real work, feel like part of a team and a united whole, and nice facilities

    Cons

    bureaucracy, difficult to make changes, resistance to learning new systems or accepting out of the box ideas, intense atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management were great listeners but they work hard and can't always do everything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the world's top places for basic 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very smart people, constant intellectual stimulation, great resources, beautiful campus, good benefits, good support for interdisciplinary research, strong entrepreneurship environment, prestige.

    Cons

    cost of living in the bay area, especially with a family. Stanford is decentralized so one's experience really depends on the particular boss\department working with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Leadership Coach

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    Former Employee - Leadership Coach  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Leadership Coach in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Brilliant colleagues, constant intellectual stimulation, great resources, beautiful campus

    Cons

    Hierarchical, tension between staff and faculty, limited salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go beyond traditional assumptions that faculty always have the best ideas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stanford Research Coodinator

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong benefits, good work environment.

    Cons

    Salary could be a bit better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting place to be, but lonely at times.

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing to be working along Nobel Laureates, cutting edge developments, and innovations. The opportunities are incredible. Resources are abundant and taking big leaps are encouraged.

    Cons

    Insular and competitive, which is not conducive to real scientific progress. Not a lot of collaboration. No real network for postdoctoral fellows who can fall between the cracks. Everyone is out for themselves, for funding, papers, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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