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Stanford University Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
752 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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  1.  

    Great place to do research

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a graduate student provided lots of opportunities to work independently or to collaborate with diverse co-workers. Seminars and social hours provided plenty of time to interact with the rest of the department

    Cons

    Really not much to complain about, the pay isn't great I suppose but you are working towards a degree so I think it's worth it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues, world class facilities, beautiful location. Stanford is incredible strong in the biological sciences, with a bias towards experimental efforts. The benefits are fantastic, as is the more general social offerings for students and postdocs. The institutions name brings many talented individuals to campus, and also helps with future job prospects

    Cons

    Competitive culture lurks below surface. While the relaxed Californian attitude is clear at Stanford, there are obviously strong competitive forces at work, and despite their prestigious positions, many PIs are poor managers of the talented people they have in their labs. For those in experimental work, the strong focus on high impact work, means that many grad students and postdocs may work on single projects lasting several years with the sole aim of a high impact publication. This means that for those who are not fortunate enough to lad an exciting results, they will be rather empty handed. PIs with big labs assume that not all projects will work, but a fraction will, allowing continued high level output, however, typically at the cost of burning junior trainees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Admin. Stanford Review

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Campus, Great People, Clean, Professional, and Above average pay scale.

    Cons

    Parking is expensive but they do offer great public transportation incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses or higher raises would be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great job alongside college studies

    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Accomodating and understandable bosses, great coworkers (other students), a huge learning experience, paid well for time put in

    Cons

    Some students with the same position in other dorms had to put in many more hours than I did

  6.  

    The brightest and the best!

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    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    What a privilege to support Nobel-prize winning scientists!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Stanford cannot compete with Silicon Valley tech salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Research and grad school at Stanford

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Stanford has one of the most exciting intellectual environments in the world. Stanford has pioneers from almost every field, and many are willing to chat and share advice.

    Cons

    The Stanford community sets a very high bar for research. As such it can at times be stressful developing your own work. But the extra pressure I think tends to improve work quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very good company to work for

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    Current Employee - ETL Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - ETL Consultant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Best work/life balance , very flexible hours. Management is ready to listen and care about employees

    Cons

    None. Really , i can't think about any negative aspects. Small project issues , but all resolved during regular work routine

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student

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    Former Employee - Student in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great campus culture, nice people, very diverse

    Cons

    can be a bit overwhelming living on-campus all 4 years, housing in palo alto isn't affordable so you have to live on campus, a lot of super privileged people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stanford Art Adjunct

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    Current Employee - Adjunct
    Current Employee - Adjunct

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay as adjunct wages go.

    Cons

    No many paths to tenure as adjunct.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student and Student Worker

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    Former Employee - Student in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    World class faculty and resources

    Cons

    The stress can get to you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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