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Stanford University Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
718 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 38 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 25 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Absolutely A Perfect Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    It's very welcoming, the people who work there are intelligent from executives to support staff. They are collaborative, care a lot about work-life balance, and have amazing benefits. Not to mention the campus is a treat to be on every day.

    Cons

    Technology - surprisingly for being in the Silicon Valley they are behind on technology at least on the development side on their fundraising side. That being said they realize it's a weakness and are currently focusing on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your vision long-term. This place is already amazing and I keep hearing the management dreaming of Stanford continuing to be better and better in so many ways.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great benefits

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    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Course Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Free access to great facilities, a lot of cross disciplinary work is happening and is possible, best statistics department in the world, health insurance is great

    Cons

    It can be hard to schedule time to meet with someone, and people can be unresponsive by email. Parking is difficult and expensive. Great mentoring can be difficult to find and the whole process doesn't work very well without a great mentor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stanford is an outstanding place to work: excellent people, excellent resources, excellent weather.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    As a postdoc, your advisor, of course, matters far more than the particular institution you attend (at least if you plan to become a professor). However, if you have to make a choice between equally attractive labs, and one is at Stanford and the other is on the East Coast, Stanford is a clear winner: the people tend to be friendlier, the weather is far nicer, and in general the institutional resources are similar between Stanford and Harvard/MIT/Princeton.

    Cons

    The cost of living in the Bay Area is high. The minimum postdoc salary for 2014/2015 is ~$45,000, but you're unlikely to find a one-bedroom apartment for less than $2,500 per month. Even a studio apartment typically costs between $1,500 and $2,000.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work and thrive.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, many extra benefits (e.g. gym access, campus resources, etc.), and great work environment. This is a great place to explore research and not have to work about funding or resources. Graduate students here are not treated like "lab hands", but more like colleagues.

    Cons

    While diversity seems to be an important initiative for the university, it is somewhat lacking when observing the day-to-day interactions of the institution.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    What I think of big-name university

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Big university, very famous, lots of resources, lots of smart people. There are any resource you can think of

    Cons

    People are distant. Either you can do that or you get kicked out. It is brutal

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Competitive environment. but the best place to be

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent research environment, access to the best facilities, reputation follows you wherever you go!

    Cons

    Unacknowledged competition, pressure to publish and find independent funding through fellowships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More health benefits. The 50% medical insurance subsidy is too little, considering the ridiculously high cost of Cardinal Care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The stamp that speaks for itself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    facilities, openness, opportunities, collaboration, attitude
    The best place for blooming your ideas into practical solutions.
    Great atmosphere, nice campus, good benefits

    Cons

    Nothing much. Positively competitive, so the usual things that plague competitive environment also shows up. But that is just normal in a top ranking university.

  9.  

    Excellent opportunity for an Engineering PhD Student

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    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stanford is the best

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Stanford brings together entrepreneurial, driven kids in a relaxed, west coast atmosphere - the result is a supremely creative environment where you can explore and test different ideas. Stanford also has a great deal of access to resources. Not to mention the beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Some of the more "unique" classes can be staffed with some inexperienced professors that struggle to balance their experiences with real learning. While the content is interesting, the value can be limited.

    Same is true with research, make sure you do your due diligence prior to agreeing to any research position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to Stanford's core values of encouraging experimentation and crazy thinking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. The culture is very relaxed yet hard working. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and also extremely competent. It is also a great stepping stone. Working as a researcher opens up a lot of options both in academia and industry.

    Cons

    It can be a bit difficult to find meaningful projects to work on. Many projects, while often interesting, are of minimal utility and can be a bit tedious. While I imagine this is true most places, projects generally take a long time to complete and most of the work is rather boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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