Stanford University Reviews

Updated June 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 Experiences - Archeological Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Archaeologist in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Field Archaeologist in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a summer job, the position was perfect. Employer was very understanding and made sure we took breaks when doing work in the sun.

    Cons

    Job was only a few months in the summer


  2. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Oakland, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Extensive benefits from health incentives to paying for you to go back to school.

    Cons

    Long commute for me, but if you live in Silicon Valley this is an amazing place to work and live so close to.


  3. Postdoctoral researcher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stanford is an excellent school: lots of resource and good seminars. Researchers are bright and happy.

    Cons

    For small labs, funding is hard to get It is a issue nowadays.

    Advice to Management

    They have to think about new strategy for current funding climate.


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    Academia

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

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great gym, lovely campus with lots of cafes to work at, interesting seminars and learning opportunities abound. Can work on interesting problems at a natural pace.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay an awful lot. There's a sense that, if you're not trying for an eventual faculty job, you haven't got a "real job." Can do much better at a company...

    Advice to Management

    Cost of living increases in the valley have been ridiculous and make it much less appealing to give research a shot. Some people plan on dipping into their savings just to buy a year of association with the Stanford brand. This seems wrong to me.


  6. postdoc research experience

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant
    Former Employee - Research Assistant

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    - good research environment
    - good interpersonal relationship

    Cons

    - low pay
    - reletively long work time


  7. Grader

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Grad Student in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Grad Student in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and pretty good pay. Perfect job for full-time enrolled students to make some money during the quarters.

    Cons

    Sometimes the homework is not easy to grade and sometimes the grading may conflict with your paper or exam which is annoying.


  8. Stanford

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    Current Employee - Professor in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing resources and colleagues, great students, innovative atmosphere, interdisciplinary collaborations, amazing climate

    Cons

    one of the downsides of this particular university is that the location is quite far from the city, yet has the same outrageous real estate prices surrounding it

    Advice to Management

    Advise potential job seekers here to pay close attention to the housing options and the combination of assistance programs to make this workable.


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    One of the premier academic institions in the world

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    World-class research. It is the place for electrical engineering, computer science, and bioengineering. Silicon Valley and all of computers came out of Stanford labs. This place is gorgeous and unparalleled. Campus is vast and has tremendous variety.

    Cons

    Quiet, secluded, isolated. Gender balance in most of the technical departments is insanely male-dominated. Area is ridiculously expensive. Cost of living is through the roof.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to be less stingy with space! Space is the premium item here and there just isn't enough of it. The university takes in such huge overhead on all grants, yet barely provides enough space to get anything done. That, and treat your supporting staff (admins, etc) better. They get paid far below market rates. This is not acceptable for an institution with such prestige. You can afford to pay them more, particularly when they enable so much work!


  10. Visiting Fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stanford is an amazing place for seeing and shaping the future

    Cons

    Nothing to consider as negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work, thank you for being here.


  11. Research Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, people, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Large, super competitive, silos, fun



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