Stanford University Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Stimulating environment and cutting edge research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with the smartest people in the world. Encouraging interdisciplinary research collaboration. Access to the high tech instruments that may not be available in other universities. Internal scientists often give worldclass lectures on campus. Invited speakers for seminars are usually significant contributors of the field.

    Cons

    Cumbersome reagent ordering system (if it's a non-catalog request). Poor processing of administration / bureaucracy (cumbersome paper work and sometimes missing paychecks...). Salary for researchers is disproportional to the extremely high living expenses in the bay area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please simplify the ordering system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. I am a PhD student only

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    learn a lot; the colleagues are smart

    Cons

    do not have much spare time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. I've been working as a civil engineering intern with Stanford Utilities Division. I learnt how to use AutoCAD.

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    I was involved in a few water-related projects. Engineers there are super nice and you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Media Relations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Fun people. Good camaraderie

    Cons

    Long/odd hours. Office politics play a role

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. It's a call center.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay is really great ($14.25/hour) and you get paid even more if you work over the 6 hour/week limit. You also get free food and it doesn't matter how much money you make, you won't get fired.

    Cons

    It's a call center. So you really have to be able to take rejection and rudeness well since you are asking for donations. I know there were really great perks but in the end the job wasn't worth it for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the management was great, and the perks were great, but the job just wasn't for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    I am a research assistant (PhD student) here and it is lovely!

    Cons

    There is no cons... it is great in every aspect!

    Recommends
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    Stanford is an amazing place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stanford contributes to the cultural and scientific endowment of the world with groundbreaking research in science, medicine, engineering, and humanities. It's amazing to be a part of that. Stanford is the most entrepreneurial and exciting university in the world. There is no other quite like it.

    Cons

    The nature of a research university is to place faculty research, and the contribution of faculty, above all else. That can be kind of discouraging as a member of the support staff, that ones contribution will never rival the star status of faculty. Hard to argue with though, the faculty really are that awesome. 20+ nobel prize winners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff (not just faculty) can be innovators.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. sucks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    shutdown, vacation time and plenty of sick time

    Cons

    poorly run institution, lacks a good Human Resources Group

  10. Surrounded by great people

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Stanford is brimming with smart, interesting and talented people. I've had so many rich conversations and made lasting friendships with the people I've met there. Many opportunities to learn with an abundance of excellent lectures and seminar series across all disciplines in the university. Campus is gorgeous.

    Cons

    Located in one of the most expensive areas to live in the country; finding reasonably priced housing on a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student's salary can be challenging.

    Recommends
  11. Great Place to work, Great non salary benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stanford is a great place to work. Its a beautiful campus to come to every day. Depending on the area you work in the work-life balance is really good. If you have a family there are tons of additional benefits you can take advantage of.

    Cons

    Even though Stanford benefits are great, salary compensation (non academic) is not very good due to accelerating cost of living in the bay area. Stanford does not give performance bases raises. Everyone gets a cost of living adjustment regardless of performance. The last few years the average increase was around 3% which is drastically below cost of living increases across the bay area. Make sure you negotiate a good salary because salary advancement is virtually impossible without jumping around to different positions within the university.

    Stanford is very 'academically' driven, meaning things are slow to change because of the consensus driven approach that every project has to take.

    Stanford has moved a lot of the business offices off campus. So you may end up working in a business park and not on the main campus.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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