Stanford University
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www.stanford.edu Stanford, CA 5000+ Employees

Stanford University Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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4.1 652 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy

(315 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "For a physics department of this caliber, there's great work/life balance"
    in 32 reviews
  • "Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training"
    in 53 reviews
Cons:
  • "Cost of living in Silicon Valley is really high, so the pay is not actually very much"
    in 18 reviews
  • "The work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities"
    in 10 reviews
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    great!

    Resident Assistant (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    Prosamazing people, beautiful campus, etc

    Consdealing with immature college kids.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork out at the gyms

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work. Salaries are higher than the marketplace.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTerrific dental insurance that covers dental implants to 3K per year.

    ConsNo place to park due to deals made with the surrounding towns to curb traffic--continuous building out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet luxury buses like the Google buses. Public transportation can take 2.5 hours each way--a major quality of life issue, especially with those who have children.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    beautiful place to work

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Prosit is a good place to work

    Consthe salary is very low

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall Stanford is a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe faculty are down to earth. Being a part of innovative and cutting edge research and teaching is rewarding. Stanford staff are top notch as well.

    ConsHard to get promoted within your department without turnover. To get promoted you have to apply to open job postings.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    shrinking benefit and increased living cost

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    Prosyou know what Stanford means to a scientist. it is not about the money and title.

    Consdeclining insurance coverage, although minimum salary is way higher than national average, more than half salary goes to rent, wait a minute, may 2/3 plus.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    They're great.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBest place I've ever worked. I felt useful and like all of the work that I did mattered. I had a great time while I was there. I wish I could still work there.

    ConsI really can't think of anything. But this site has a 20 word minimum, so I have to add a couple more words to flesh this thing out. I wonder if this is enough...

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep being awesome.

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    Little TA training but great opportunity for career advancement

    Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsNetworking opportunities are everywhere, and it's good to have teaching experience on the resume. You'll learn more than you think as well. The students are relatively easy to teach as they all want to get good grades - definitely not a TFA position.

    ConsPay is not great, unless you include tuition coverage. There's also very little training before you begin teaching, so a lot of that you'll have to pick up as you go. Some students will feel entitled to your time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould consider more centralized coordination of section problems.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great resources

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsStanford has great resources for Postdocs both in the School of Humanities and Sciences and the School of Medicine. In addition to the multitude of scientific seminars, they have organized several professional development series. Most recently they added personal wellness workshops as well.

    ConsOn the downside, there isn't a lot of time to dedicate towards your personal development and training. What good are these amazing workshops and seminars, if you can't find the time to take them? Not unlike other institutions, research is intense and expectations are high.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat benefits and perks for staff.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsStanford is a great place to meet new people who are very eager about research. There are many opportunities to spin-off business ideas.

    ConsIt is necessary to deliver high-impact products or research all the time. Positive outcomes are not guaranteed in research though, which means that it is vital to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluation metrics of staff and fellows should be harmonized between schools.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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