Stanford University Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 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 (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
  2. 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 (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
  3. 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 (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
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  5. Postdoctoral research 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 a year)

    Pros

    Excellent resources, brilliant academic scientists, exciting research. numerous opportunities for postdocs to grow and explore various career paths (academia or industry). beautiful campus and flexible hours.

    Cons

    quality of lab/research is very dependent on the professor. my personal experience: professor mostly absent and poor unity in group. resources can be a bit scattered on campus and somewhat decentralized. parking on campus is pricey and the postdoc salary makes it difficult to make ends meet in the bay area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more resources for career building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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 (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
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Not what I expected.

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    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Very smart people and interesting work
    Beautiful surroundings (exterior) and high tech work spaces (for the most part although some are quite shoddy)
    Good benefits (especially health and retirement)

    Cons

    Horrible management (most faculty members have no idea how to manage)
    Very poor responses to HR issues
    Staff are seen as expendable and always come after faculty and students
    Low salaries with little chance of advancement
    No real interest in professional development of staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. excellent learning institution

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    Former Contractor - Graduate Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Graduate Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to take classes which would enhance your skills at no charge to the employee.

    Cons

    The University makes it a point through several free programs to all employees on fitness and health. They sponsor a free Health Fair every year as well with new information on healthy ways of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should advocate employees to move around in other positions within the department after three years in one position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Stanford University is a great place to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Very collegial
    You work hard and you have a life

    Cons

    Finding housing near by might be a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. research associate

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    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Good research facility, research environment, nice coworker and supporting staff.

    Cons

    except faculty not support other category workers to grow, like staff---in the case of research associate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more chances to staff to grow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Enjoyable nice people.

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    Current Contractor - Encryption Team in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - Encryption Team in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment, lots of cafes and placed to eat.

    Cons

    Travel have to drive park catch a bus - parking on site isn't easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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