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Stanford University Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
771 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great benefits, but where you work makes a difference

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Social Science Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Social Science Research Assistant

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, especially health care options, on-site highly subsidized fitness classes and world-class athletic facilities, and free public transportation passes with good connections to rail, bus and an extensive campus shuttle system. Beautiful campus with fantastic food. Surrounded by smart, highly-motivated and professional employees. Generous PTO, including 2 weeks of time off during winter closure each year (last 2 weeks of December). Very good 401(b) matching program.

    Cons

    Every department is it's own little kingdom, so in day-to-day work, your degree of independence, career growth, work-life balance and sense of purpose is hugely dependent on the leadership and policies of the particular department you work in. This is especially true of academic departments, where faculty personalities loom large. Non-faculty research career tracks can end up as a dead end, or feel isolated from the university itself. Even by Silicon Valley standards, Stanford's ranks are full of super-over-achievers, which sets the bar very high and can be a challenge in finding work-life balance, no matter how much emphasis on balance the official administration touts. Housing prices surrounding campus are some of the highest in the Bay Area, so unless you've already made your millions elsewhere, plan on a long commute.

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  2.  

    I love Stanford

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Lots of professional development, winter closure for 2 weeks

    Cons

    no bonus and only cost of living raise.

  3.  

    Overall, a great place to work for, with a few caveats to be aware of

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Stanford has incredible resources and uses these to support their faculty, staff, and students. They also do a wonderful job of fostering an accepting, caring community among university members.

    Cons

    The working environment can be pretty daunting and the expectations and workload are sometimes unreasonable. Also, the individuals here, while well-intentioned, are not necessarily the most earthly or exciting people to socialize with.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Postdoc

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Easy access to best collaborators in the country. Smart and nice colleagues.

    Cons

    The commute from San Francisco is terrible. Driving takes one to one and a half hours.

    Recommends
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  6.  

    student at stanford

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    This is a great place to be a business student, the professors are amazing and the course content is industry leading.
    I would highly recommend studying here to anyone,

    Cons

    Honestly, it is hard to think of cons about Stanford. It is pretty expensive, so that would be one, but it is worth every cent.

  7.  

    Beautiful environment with many professional growth opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, people, and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Expensive area to live :)

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Fun opportunity with large amount of independence and autonomy

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great location, very helpful and friendly people, great resources, good weather,

    Cons

    Quality of research position heavily depends on which department and lab you are in. Some people get terrible advisors or mentors which deters people from finding an interest in research

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  9.  

    Great place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    You can really learn a lot. There are lots of useful seminars on a variety of topics. A lot of independence and flexibility (although it depends on your boss)

    Cons

    The salary is lower than what you get in industry. If you're a senior research scientist, you're attached to your boss in some sense so you have to be concerned about your long term career.

  10.  

    Great to work there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    This was a great place to work, the campus is super pretty, and the people are all very nice to work with.

    Cons

    I don't really see any cons of working at Stanford-- I suppose the housing prices are very steep in the surrounding area.

  11.  

    Great place to get an engineering PhD

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Great school, great education, great resources. For nanofabrication research the cleanroom (SNF) has much better safety protocols than some other labs that I've worked in, and it's nice to know that the university cares about you not accidentally killing yourself while using deadly chemicals, etc. As with any graduate research position, though, the critical thing is getting a good adviser.

    Cons

    Interacting with the university administration for any purpose whatsoever is pretty much guaranteed to be a terrible experience. They are the worst.

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