Stanford University Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. 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 (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
  2. 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Strong benefits, good work environment.

    Cons

    Salary could be a bit better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. A very unique university with strong entrepreneurship environment

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Huge amount of resources ranging from technical side to business side for an engineer

    Cons

    I have no bad experiences so far

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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 (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
  6. 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 (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
  7. Great place for scientific research and meeting people.

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to interact smart people with quite different minds. Easy access to both academia and industry connections. Nice campus is a plus.

    Cons

    Too expensive to live at Palo Alto. Will have heavy traffic during football games. No clear road signs for directions to most of the buildings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Administrative Assistant

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great staff and opportunities

    Cons

    the campus wasn't as safe as it could be...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Fantastic experience

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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

    Wonderful coworkers and good postdoctoral salary and benefits. Everyone is intelligent and driven.

    Cons

    Must have a bike to move aroubd freely. Campus shuttles however run frequently bit only up to a certain time and frequency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Don't do graduate school, folks...unless you like pain.

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Probably the best and most diverse place to do research...in the world. There are tons of resources.
    The weather is also probably the best...in the world. And the campus is lovely.
    I didn't encounter any issues with egos, even with the professors here. There are always a few bad eggs, but most of the people are very kind and friendly.

    Cons

    No social scene. Doesn't matter even if you try to create a social circle, because nobody else does.
    I wouldn't say everyone here is a genius, certainly very smart and very diligent. I suspect most of the best students and potential professors go out into the real world.
    High risk, low reward research. Same standard problems encountered in any graduate project: it's hard for professors/students to come up with new influential ideas all the time, and so not all projects have a pay off. Likewise the publish or perish attitude forces professors to engage in low quality or uninteresting research simply to get a paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the more cruel professors should be fired. I fortunately never encountered them. I think a general bit of advice for pursuing research is that even the most abstract of research problems should also have some real world application (and not some made up one like quantum computing or room temperature superconductors--these are pipe dreams at the moment). This criterion is how they decide who wins the Nobel prizes, so it's probably a worthy goal if more professors should operate with this mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Good Environment, poor employer as they don't prepare for their employees to come onto the team.

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    Former Contractor - Migration Technician in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Migration Technician in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    nice environment to work in, positive teammates.

    Cons

    poor management, and employers, poor planning and no concern for employees also no follow through on problems nor resolutions to issues that arose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get things in order for on boarding, before bringing employees on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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