Stanford University Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
682 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For a physics department of this caliber, there's great work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 20 reviews)

  • Sociopathic managers, poor salary, no advancement, poor work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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    Life Science Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work enviornment. Great benefits. Great area for intellectual growth

    Cons

    Pay could be higher. I find that as a LSRA finding the balance between work and personal life is hard due to personal goals for achievments in science.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work with a beautiful and stable environment!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stanford is at the top of it's game on almost every front. Opportunities for growth abound, the benefits our fantastic, and the pay is competitive.

    Cons

    While the paying is competitive, I'm not sure if Stanford could ever pay enough to living in the booming housing market on the peninsula.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to help employees with housing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great intellectual atmosphere.

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    Former Employee - Researcher
    Former Employee - Researcher

    I worked at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay. There is a lot of funding going here for projects and research. This is a highly recognized institution and will more than likely get you into the door with other academic institutions.

    Cons

    Hard to live in Palo Alto--way too expensive, even with a Stanford income.

    in addition, depending on your department, you may feel very isolated and on an island alone. For some people that is okay, but if you expect a dynamic team orientation you may want to think twice, or do your research first to see if the lab or department has bubbling personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Negative environment. Poor communication and morale.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Large workplace, nice looking-campus, good student body

    Cons

    No company values, people treated like meat in a meat factory, very little actual care on work-life balance outside of advertising

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become more involved in day-to-day operations

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent

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

    I worked at Stanford University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    very receptive to life issues, not too many rules to stifle growth or outside of the box thinking, beautiful work environment, everyone was very friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    certain amount of bureaucracy is to be expected, occasional confusion as to what the exact process for assignment of tasks and the schedule for the completion of those tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the application process more transparent, so as to be sure that no one accidentally misses some of the deadlines. Perhaps share the available positions more widely across campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great institution; great environment; pay could be better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Great institution and many resource and benefits for staff. Environment and work life can be great. Employee community is welcoming and warm.

    Cons

    Work life environment depends on your supervisor. Pay could be more competitive. If you have an ineffective supervisor, you will always have an ineffective supervisor. They do not change leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate those employees that choose to work with the University for a long period of time. Their wealth of institutional knowledge cannot easily be replaced.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Research Assistant

    Current Employee - Research Assistant
    Current Employee - Research Assistant

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities for undergraduate students in the School of Earth Sciences. Very caring, nice mentors who always reach out to their students

    Cons

    Introductory classes can be very challenge and intensive. A lot of material is crunched into 10 weeks.

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    20+ years

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    Current Employee - Physicist
    Current Employee - Physicist

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

    Pros

    SLAC National Accelerator Lab is an innovative lab focused on high energy particle physics and synchrotron radiation science. While frequently funding limited, the emphasis is to do high quality science and, in a world dominated by quarterly reports, this is gratifying. The workforce is varied from Nobel-prize winning physicists to riggers but brings the breadth and skills needed to solve real problems.

    Cons

    The management structure can be in-bred making promotion and management growth challenging - of course, opportunities in science are open-ended.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great environment and resources for career growth

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stanford offers an amazing environment and source of resources to grow your career. Decent benefits, slightly better for employees versus postdoctoral research fellows. Affordable parking compared to other university campuses.

    Cons

    Several employee training requirements and sometimes unnecessary bureaucracy to get through to accomplish simple tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good research place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Research environment. Many funding opportunity and sources. Very good supportive environment from university and colleagues. Campus is so beautiful and high quality of educational system.

    Cons

    High living cost. Your experience of study is really depend on your data. There are many candidates who want to over here and they are financially ready to come.

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