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Stanford University Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
678 Reviews

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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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    Good

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

    Pros

    the work experience is good.

    Cons

    The salary is not that good

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    Great experiences working for a wonderful employer

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits, beautiful campus, good work environment. Great opportunities for employee career advancement. The campus has a lot to offer, great activities, and events. Comfortable place and you work with really enthusiastic and diverse people.

    Cons

    Limited means of going up in certain projects; possibly to expand career with employee benefits (pay for school tuition, additional classes). There is a bit of the elitist attitude, but around only a few people. Overall, a lot of people tend to be more down to earth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Middle managers beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    The campus and the weather is wonderful. There are many activities that are available to the staff and the benefits are very generous. There is always something exciting going on. Once you are in the Stanford organization, changing positions between departments is rather easy.

    Cons

    There is a lot of silly decisions made due to the policial nature of the organization. Since this is a nonprofit organization no one in the administrative side is really accountable for their spending or effectiveness. This probably accounts for the high cost of tuition.

    The HR department is really ineffective. The policies protect the staff and the faculty. Middle managers are always at risk of getting into trouble. The HR people do not do a good enough job of explaining this at orientation.

    Many administrative postions are filled by individuals who are not qualified for their job. They were hired as assistants and just "grew" into the postion. I was surprised by the lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hotling needs to be staffed by an outside service. Too many valid complaints are not investigated while invalid complaints are acted upon. This depends on the manager of the unit not a standard process.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    great library collection,special collections in Green is outstanding, great and productive academic community, absolutely wonderful climate, good food, focus on research, many opportunities for research and academic career, international environment, fantastic outdoors - great fro hikers and swimmer,

    Cons

    high living costs, rents are very expensive

  6.  

    Amazing atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Processing Assistant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Processing Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    You're surrounded by brilliant people, everywhere. People are both laid back and extremely helpful and approachable, very realistic advice--even giving long term career advice outside of your position

    Cons

    Hierarchy often comes into play and the atmosphere can be a tad political at times but that's bound to happen anywhere

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work, money not so good

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

    Pros

    I love working at Stanford. There are great scientists here, very collaborative, interactive, high level.

    Cons

    It is big, hard to know of everything that is going on. Also, the salary, though relatively good compared to other universities is not high enough to live comfortably in the Silicon Valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better postdoc salaries. It would make your employees a lot happier.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Application Software Developer

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    Former Employee - Applications Software Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    very good and friendly colleagues to work with. Lots of americans on the department that I worked for and teammates help other team members a lot. At times, tasks are very challenging, and it will be good experience to learn rapid multitasking and improve productivity. monthly get togethers with the team, free drinks and lots of snacks during the afternoon time that is shared by other team members. overall, a very different experience to work here.

    Cons

    Framework developed is used internally, and learning the framework takes time. lots of dynamic setup of the code, understanding all the pieces will be difficult for new developers, so networking with colleagues is really important here. Lots of multitasking on a single day, and compensation is low for the new developers with less experience. salary increase is low for developers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Great benefits, prompt service with all employee issues.

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

    Pros

    BeWell program - employees have monetary incentive to stay fit. Great retirement benefits. HR is very responsive. Free Caltrain Go passes.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, feel like a small fish in a big pond. I work off-campus, so there is a disconnect with the central community. Parking can be a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish there was more community bonding for all Stanford employees, across departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to workl.

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    Former Employee - Social Media  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Social Media in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Surrounded by intelligent, fun people.

    Cons

    University pay system not based on merit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Postdoc Fellow

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

    Pros

    Freedom in research, relaxed environment, close relationship with hospital to translate your research.

    Cons

    The benefit of a postdoc is not very high, and the length of time is short, you cannot be a postdoc forever. It's based on grant and funding situation and varies different lab.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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