Stanford University Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Excellent opportunity for an Engineering PhD Student

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  2. I love to work at Stanford

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Visiting Assistant Professor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Visiting Assistant Professor in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Life Science Research Assistant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great work enviornment. Great benefits. Great area for intellectual growth

    Cons

    Pay could be higher. I find that as a LSRA finding the balance between work and personal life is hard due to personal goals for achievments in science.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great environment to work (for non-academic staff positions) but not for career growth.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition reimbursement for yourself (undergraduate and graduate degree) and your dependents (up to four years to complete undergraduate degree). Free use of athletic facilities (gym, swimming pool, squash, tennis, etc.) health benefits, and matching 401K program. Good work/life balance, so if you have children, it is a flexible place to work.

    Cons

    Low salary relative to industry standard. Annual increase is very minimal, so you have to negotiate best salary in the beginning or move to other departments or schools (within the University) to get significant increase in salary.

    Advice to Management

    Need to keep up compensation with the market to attract key talents.


  6. Great environment, lots of work opportunities, challenging and stimulating work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Work environment, work life balance, benefits, colleagues, supervisors, career opportunities. Pretty much everything else besides salary. Scenic campus, It is a pleasure to wake up and go to work.

    Cons

    compensation, high cost of living on the peninsula. This is the tradeoff for a better, much less stressful quality of life, including shorter commute if you live close to the caltrain.


  7. A fantastic place to study.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tons of resources available to students, both for research and personal development. This is *the* place to be to study at any education level. This is the opportunity to study under the best in their field, no matter what field they're in. There is plenty to challenge anyone.

    Cons

    Graduate school anywhere can be stressful, but this is more dependent upon the research group you work with. Salary for graduate students is of course low, but everyone knows that going in. I never thought so many people could live in such a wonderful place and spend all their time in labs not enjoying the outdoors.


  8. Great environment to push yourself.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The perfect place to pursue cutting edge research and entrepreneurship.

    Cons

    All-consuming, requires a lot of time commitment. Everyone is working long hours.


  9. student ambassador for Stanford Dining.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stanford Dining Ambassador in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Stanford Dining Ambassador in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    some creative input, some flexibility for new programming, but ultimately constrained by

    Cons

    everything always has to be approved and re-approved by executives and the marketing department, even if you have the key expertise over an area. It's a little ridiculous. Sometimes you might feel that you are not trusted to do your job thoroughly, and that you would somehow try to soil the brand if given the opportunity.

    Meetings with management are extremely difficult to land, and you might get a cold email from a secretary telling you there is no time for an executive to discuss a certain matter with you.

    Advice to Management

    Give students the time to talk when they need to talk. Meaning gets lost in email threads. Hear us out over the phone or schedule in-person meetings.


  10. Department Manager

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks for staff.

    Cons

    Staff are treated as second class citizens. Management do not support staff. Faculty are favored.


  11. beautiful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it is a good place to work

    Cons

    the salary is very low



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