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Stanford University Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
755 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 46 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 26 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    excellent learning institution

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    Former Employee - Graduate Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - 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
  3. 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 an 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
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    It's Graduate School

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

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

    Pros

    You have a job and might be employable in the future. Decent health care, no dental. Weather is great.

    Cons

    The work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable nice people.

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

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (less than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people to work with. Supportive atmosphere. Great being on campus. Good benefits. Diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great. Not much opportunity for advancement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent working environment

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

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

    Pros

    Stanford has a great work-life balance environment

    Cons

    Long commute - I happen to live in San Francisco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    PhD Student

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Simply one of the best research university in the world

    Cons

    The silicon valley is a boring place (but SF is not so far)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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