Stanford University Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Stanford has a great work-life balance environment (in 46 reviews)

  • Beautiful campus with many nice buildings / facilities (not all but many) (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • Expensive cost of living anywhere close to the university due to silicon valley (in 26 reviews)

  • The work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Excellent place for graduate research

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed atmosphere -Access to world class equipment -Several staff scientists to keep equipment up and running -Access to several top professors -Extremely intelligent community of graduate students -Contributions are valued -Excellent recreational facilities -Huge endowment for construction projects and equipment

    Cons

    -Consequence of world class equipment is that it can be finicky -Some faculty can be busy due to numerous traveling requirements

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to seek partnerships with the energy industry to keep Stanford a leader in alternative energy research. -Continue to value personality when hiring professors to keep student morale high.


  2. PhD Graduate Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work with great scientific minds on cutting edge research

    Cons

    You must endure the suffering that is graduate school


  3. Fabulous campus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    One of the most beautiful places to live in the world. Friendly work environment, passionate people, and surrounded by really smart cookie students!

    Cons

    Living expenses in Palo Alto /Stanford are unbelievably high. I could buy a castle in Scotland for probably half the price of my yearly lease on my condo.


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  5. Stanford

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Stanford is a great place to work. I can say that it is one of the best places to work. Very once environment.

    Cons

    It is really expensive. That neighborhood is very much expensive. One should have a high salary to live there .

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any specific advice to the management.


  6. PhD Life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It's the best! Love it.

    Cons

    Nothing to dislike about Stanford


  7. Worthwhile experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Brilliant people, incredible resources, beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Tremendous pressure, elitist attitudes, entitled.


  8. Project

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High Pay, temporary job, flexible hours

    Cons

    The project I was working on wasn't terribly organized, so it was hard understanding expectations.

    Advice to Management

    A more stable set of expectations


  9. Great place to be a postdoc

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, and there is generally plenty of money floating around. My mentor was very supportive, as were other faculty and staff in my dept. Setting is beautiful and there's generally pretty good intellectual community around whatever you might be interested in.

    Cons

    Even with as many options for food as you have, you get sort of tired of the choices, strong YMMV component depending on advisors (surprise!), other smart people will be doing the exact same thing as you and better


  10. Stanford Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    In general, doing an RA is a pretty cool experience to get to know professors and help through projects.

    Cons

    Some RAships can get incredibly time-consuming and tedious, as this is why people need to hire RAs to do the jobs that are less desirable.


  11. Salary ok, benefits great, a lot happens here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stanford University (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    World class university, gorgeous campus, flexibility, smart people everywhere

    Cons

    Don't make enough to live near work so 1+ hr. commutes are common, intense competition for open positions, it really depends what school, division or dept. you are in; little consistency between departments so it's a crap shoot.

    Advice to Management

    Value staff as much as you do faculty and students



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