Stanford University Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Intern- Executive Program

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    Former Employee - Intern in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome internship! Great pay for an internship and you get to meet tons of people in their established careers. Free catered world class food for all three meals if you want it! Management was great and you always felt like you could ask questions.

    Cons

    There were definitely some long hours as well as some days you were required to work on the weekends. Sometimes there was nothing for the interns to do as the program was run very smoothly.

    Advice to Management

    Hire one less intern or have more responsibilities for the interns as sometimes there was nothing for us to do.

  2. Great benefits, beautiful environment; horrific annual review system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits
    Commitment to personal health & well-being
    On par salaries for management and "professional" category jobs

    Cons

    Commitment to personal health & well-being does not always trickle down to department level
    Administrative category job salaries seriously under par
    Annual review system is a laborious time-suck and salary increases are still subjective

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to balance business needs (lets face it, the school is a business) with staff capabilities. People can only work so hard, for so many hours, without breaking down.

  3. Organizational success is attainable, but management gets in the way.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, laid back atmosphere/culture. In the higher-ed realm, the salaries are excellent. For non-IT or non-technical staff, salaries seem to be competitive with private industry. Funding is excellent for current/exciting projects. Great location, lots of amazingly talented employees and faculty.

    Cons

    IT and technical staff salaries are much lower than in the private sector, and few if any opportunities for bonuses or significant pay raises are available.

    Reportedly, the median employment length is 12 years at Stanford (longer than many of the startups nearby have even existed). That itself isn't a con, but this also means a lot of people are here for a LONG time, and there are plenty of cases where people coast for the end of their career -- ie, the last 10-15 years of it. It's very hard to motivate employees who have a comfortable job that they know they won't get fired from. Thus, execution times for projects or large initiatives can often take much longer than in the private sector.

    Advice to Management

    It's very hard to sunset old projects, and it's equally difficult to get continued funding/support for these legacy projects. What tends to happen is that departments have to keep running services using spare cycles that might have otherwise been used to plan and execute the next amazing project. Thus, many departments fall behind gradually and don't realize it until it's too late.

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  5. Great place for PhD experience

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate
    Former Employee - PhD Candidate

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Prestige, Resources, Quality of students and faculty

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, High cost of living

  6. Research Assistant at Stanford Univ.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing faculty and peers.
    Easy access to great facilities and flexibility to work.
    Free sitting in on courses
    Connections with the Silicon Valley

    All of these sets up a Stanford graduate for a good career.

    Cons

    The duck syndrome- that your peers always seem less stressed out than you on the surface, but under water they are paddling madly.
    The bubble - Stanford is a bubble and protects you from the real world outside. Move out of campus as soon as possible!
    High cost of living- real estate is a resource.

  7. it's relaxing working here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    pretty campus, flexible working hours

    Cons

    no cons I can think of

  8. Don't blinded by the glamorous name, the sad truth is obvious and has no shame..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corp Yard - Maintenance in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Corp Yard - Maintenance in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks excellent on a resume for future employment

    Cons

    -If you want family, not the place to work
    -Age/Racial discrimination widespread
    -Unsafe work practices
    -Qualified techs will be ignored for promotions, full-time position & past up by less qualified applicants.

    Advice to Management

    Age Discrimination is illegal and will be reported to Labor Board.

  9. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Relaxed workspace with manageable work pace.

    Cons

    not much risk taking in an academic environment.

  10. Smart people around you to provide all kinds of bright thought. Excellent collaborate environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart colleagues.
    A lot of learning opportunity.
    Excellent research environment.
    Spirit of entrepreneurship.
    Great weather.

    Cons

    Relaxing life style sometimes get you lazy.

  11. Pro education for all workers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Lab Technician

    I worked at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers, very good pay, high achieving environment, genuine enthusiasm about work, educated and well-spoken peers.

    Cons

    Very hard to find parking,

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