Stanford University
4.1 of 5 652 reviews
www.stanford.edu Stanford, CA 5000+ Employees

Stanford University Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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4.1 652 reviews

                             

93% Approve of the CEO

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy

(315 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "For a physics department of this caliber, there's great work/life balance"
    in 32 reviews
  • "Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training"
    in 53 reviews
Cons:
  • "Cost of living in Silicon Valley is really high, so the pay is not actually very much"
    in 18 reviews
  • "The work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities"
    in 10 reviews
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    great!

    Resident Assistant (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    Prosamazing people, beautiful campus, etc

    Consdealing with immature college kids.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork out at the gyms

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work. Salaries are higher than the marketplace.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTerrific dental insurance that covers dental implants to 3K per year.

    ConsNo place to park due to deals made with the surrounding towns to curb traffic--continuous building out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet luxury buses like the Google buses. Public transportation can take 2.5 hours each way--a major quality of life issue, especially with those who have children.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They're great.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBest place I've ever worked. I felt useful and like all of the work that I did mattered. I had a great time while I was there. I wish I could still work there.

    ConsI really can't think of anything. But this site has a 20 word minimum, so I have to add a couple more words to flesh this thing out. I wonder if this is enough...

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep being awesome.

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    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsStanford is a great place to meet new people who are very eager about research. There are many opportunities to spin-off business ideas.

    ConsIt is necessary to deliver high-impact products or research all the time. Positive outcomes are not guaranteed in research though, which means that it is vital to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEvaluation metrics of staff and fellows should be harmonized between schools.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent working conditions. Excellent support staff.

    Postdoctoral Research Affiliate (Former Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsSupportive environment at all levels, at least for research.

    ConsExpensive to live near campus. I had a long commute.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDoing good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great job for a Student

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsTraining, work-life-school balance and a great place to network into other positions at Stanford.

    ConsDifficult to get much real life experience

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Education

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLocation, Benefits, Flexibility, Events, Food

    ConsLocation, Benefits, Flexibility, Events, Food

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing place to work and learn

    Basic Life Science Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    ProsLots of support, great status, good benefits, access to amazing resources. One of the most beautiful campuses on earth, great food available, and many places to exercise in an absolutely phenomenal climate.

    ConsOne of the most expensive places to live in the country / world. Bosses and mentors are self-selected to be workaholics, anti-social savants, and poorly-trained managers. There is lots of HR support if problems arise, but your experience will be heavily influence by the quality, ethics, and choices of your boss/mentor/PI.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnforce better management and mentorship training for professors who are expected to act as mentors/managers. Some of the management fails I have witness here are appalling. Word-class expertise in a specialty subject does not at all imply even a little aptitude for management skills or effective mentorship.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It allowed me to meet with many walks of life and to experience Job Growth/fulfillment while I was there.

    Medical School Media Services (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsMany Growth Opportunities and helpful people

    ConsLimited work flexibility. It didn't give me the ability to adjust my hours do to time restraints on activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for graduate students!

    Graduate Student- School of Medicine (Current Employee)
    Stanford, CA

    Proscollegial environment, great resources, great minds, excellent collaborations

    Consyou can get lost if you don't reach out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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