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Stanford University Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
727 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 39 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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    Researcher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    in computer science, strong professors, good amount of resources, push for personal growth,

    Cons

    Hierarchy makes it very difficult to maneuver at times, gender gap is extremely apparent

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    Cutting-edge research but isolating atmosphere

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

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Scientifically speaking it is one of the best places in the word, no doubt. You are working at the cutting-edge of your field. You get to interact with some of the world experts of your field of research. You can attend really interesting scientific talks every week. Scientifically speaking Stanford is very hard to match. Furthermore, your work can have a very big impact as Stanford is very influential. Lots of outside recognition for your work and your degree. Stanford's name really goes a long way. Oh and you get used to seeing last year's Nobel prize winner having lunch in the local cafeteria!

    Cons

    Everyone seems to be really busy, particularly the heads of the research labs who are too busy doing a zillion things. Furthermore, despite the overall nice and sunny country-club feeling this university is a very competitive place where it is very common that graduate students and researchers in general feel very isolated and lonely. I wish research were done in practice in a more collaborative and collegial atmosphere. Furthermore, the Stanford area has become so expensive that graduate students are really having a hard time making ends meet. I used to live in a studio and had to move back to shared housing because I could not afford the rent any more!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work; highly recommended, and very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to hop to after graduation if you get the chance. I think that the students find it easier to work with recent graduates as well.

    Cons

    Benefits could always be better, but it's nice to say you got the chance to work with Stanford, especially if you went to school there! It's good to give back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Research Assistant

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

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

    Pros

    Great research environment that really fosters cooperation with students and faculty. The faculty is always ready to give you valuable feedback and constructive criticism on your research.

    Cons

    You work by yourself most of the times, and the campus sometimes feels a bit like a deserted country club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make company policies a little more transparent, and it would be great if there were more organized events to foster collaboration across departments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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
  7.  

    Graduate Student

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredible research environment, unlimited resources

    Cons

    Very wasteful, graduate students are not respected as employees, embarrassingly bad administration in some departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat graduate students better, don't jerk them around on pay, recognize that they are the core of your institution

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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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    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
  10.  

    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
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    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.

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