Stanford University
4.1 of 5 597 reviews
www.stanford.edu Stanford, CA 5000+ Employees

Stanford University Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014
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4.1 597 reviews

                             

94% Approve of the CEO

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy

(295 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
597 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance if you choose it for yourself"
    in 29 reviews
  • "Beautiful campus, access to great cultural and intellectual departments and events"
    in 51 reviews
Cons:
  • "Cost of living in Silicon Valley is really high, so the pay is not actually very much"
    in 17 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 opportunity to learn

Life Sciences Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Stanford, CA

I worked at Stanford University part-time for more than a year

ProsVery professional and organized, nice orientation provided with breakfast, each website is very detailed and easy to follow, lots of benefit programs to employee including a bewell health program where cash incentives are rewarded for taking steps to a healthier lifestyle (mental and physical). Caltrain Gopass provided.

ConsParking can be expensive, however they provided many transportation alternatives such as caltrain passes, providing carpool assistance, and bicycle incentives.

Advice to Senior ManagementI worked in a small graduate laboratory, professor was great and so was administration, I worked mostly independently.

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

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Pleasant, Surrounded by extraordinary academics

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Stanford, CA

I worked at Stanford University as a contractor for less than a year

Pros-Flexible hours depending on progress of research
-Good environment
-Great opportunities for networking with leading academics in their respective fields
-Good setup for presenting research at the end of research quarter

Cons-Often difficult to coordinate meeting times with all research assistants
-Training in various software used in research not all thorough; often had to learn a lot of skills on my own with the internet

Advice to Senior ManagementFor research assistants, simplifying the bureaucracy through which research progress is reported would be helpful, and allow them to focus on the research.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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research associate

Basic Life Science Research Associate (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsGood research facility, research environment, nice coworker and supporting staff.

Consexcept faculty not support other category workers to grow, like staff---in the case of research associate.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more chances to staff to grow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great environment, great people, great resources. Can't not complain at all.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Stanford University part-time

ProsGet to learn a lot of stuff and experiences and also meet tons of smart people.

ConsSometimes it might be a little bit stressful. Try to manage your time well.

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

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Good place for students

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Stanford University

ProsThere is a lot of access to resources, wonderful professors and doctors, and also a lot of links with industry. Top university with great weather.

ConsLots of work, huge, hard to meet lots of people. Being a PhD student puts your career on hold for about 5 years, but if you like the science, it is definitely worth it.

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Epic Implementation

IT Manager (Former Employee)
Stanford, CA

I worked at Stanford University as a contractor for more than a year

ProsDedicated staff made working there enjoyable and effective

ConsOutside contractors not always aligned with goals

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Stanford University

ProsGreat place to work. Was paid for rehearsals.

ConsThere weren't any cons really.

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It's Graduate School

Graduate Student (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

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

ProsYou have a job and might be employable in the future. Decent health care, no dental. Weather is great.

ConsThe work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Awesome

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 10 years

Prostime off policies, intelligent people, helpful, great pay and increases

ConsNegative people, upper mgmt lousy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smart People / Great Work Environment

Web Contractor (Former Employee)
Stanford, CA

I worked at Stanford University as a contractor for less than a year

ProsSomewhat stable / secure work environment. Benefits seem to be very good. They support work-life balance and seem to be changing a formerly "sleepy academic" culture to a more performance based. The campus itself is beautiful and there is a lot of pride working for one of the world's greatest universities.

ConsThe pay isn't near a competitive as what you'd get at Bay Area tech companies (but they attempt to make up for that with good benefits, work environment and other perks) and it can be a pain in the rear to commute / park there.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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