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Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
842 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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    Intern- Executive Program

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    Former Employee - Intern in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Awesome internship! Great pay for an internship and you get to meet tons of people in their established careers. Free catered world class food for all three meals if you want it! Management was great and you always felt like you could ask questions.

    Cons

    There were definitely some long hours as well as some days you were required to work on the weekends. Sometimes there was nothing for the interns to do as the program was run very smoothly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire one less intern or have more responsibilities for the interns as sometimes there was nothing for us to do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Stimulating environment and cutting edge research

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 a year)

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people in the world. Encouraging interdisciplinary research collaboration. Access to the high tech instruments that may not be available in other universities. Internal scientists often give worldclass lectures on campus. Invited speakers for seminars are usually significant contributors of the field.

    Cons

    Cumbersome reagent ordering system (if it's a non-catalog request). Poor processing of administration / bureaucracy (cumbersome paper work and sometimes missing paychecks...). Salary for researchers is disproportional to the extremely high living expenses in the bay area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please simplify the ordering system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    I am a PhD student only

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    learn a lot; the colleagues are smart

    Cons

    do not have much spare time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I've been working as a civil engineering intern with Stanford Utilities Division. I learnt how to use AutoCAD.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    I was involved in a few water-related projects. Engineers there are super nice and you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Media Relations

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Fun people. Good camaraderie

    Cons

    Long/odd hours. Office politics play a role

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Research Assistant at Stanford Univ.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing faculty and peers.
    Easy access to great facilities and flexibility to work.
    Free sitting in on courses
    Connections with the Silicon Valley

    All of these sets up a Stanford graduate for a good career.

    Cons

    The duck syndrome- that your peers always seem less stressed out than you on the surface, but under water they are paddling madly.
    The bubble - Stanford is a bubble and protects you from the real world outside. Move out of campus as soon as possible!
    High cost of living- real estate is a resource.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Smart people around you to provide all kinds of bright thought. Excellent collaborate environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues.
    A lot of learning opportunity.
    Excellent research environment.
    Spirit of entrepreneurship.
    Great weather.

    Cons

    Relaxing life style sometimes get you lazy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Pro education for all workers

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Lab Technician

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Great co-workers, very good pay, high achieving environment, genuine enthusiasm about work, educated and well-spoken peers.

    Cons

    Very hard to find parking,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Relaxed workspace with manageable work pace.

    Cons

    not much risk taking in an academic environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Research institution that is changing the world

    Cons

    Long arc in driving change

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