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Stanford University Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
775 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 46 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 61 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 26 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    get to audit a lot of excellent classes. great entrepreneurial environment. people are smart. good learning experience if want to do research.

    Cons

    poor compensation and benefits for postdoc. cafeteria too expensive. campus seminar is not well advertised as there are too many going on each day.

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    Very good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Beautiful campus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-Life balance
    HIP and BeWell program
    Tuition program

    Cons

    commute
    scattered staff all over campus due to lack of space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    flexible work schedule

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to learn and live

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Great location, staff and smart people

    Cons

    Expensive living cost, especially when raise a family

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible time-off schedule

  6.  

    Stanford Art Adjunct

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Student

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Fantastic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    five outdoor swimming pools; decent lunch options; surrounded by nature; pretty good carreer advice (depending on your advisor); serious commitment to work-life balance; many job opportunities.

    Cons

    The cost of living in the surrounding area is outrageous. It's not the most diverse campus. Other than that, it's hard to complain.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Student and Student Worker

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Very busy and very innovative place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Great place with so many smart people

    Cons

    Fierce competition and longer working hours

  11.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Tons of resources
    great career center
    great libraries
    great colleagues
    great networking opportunities to find VCs
    almost every other person is doing a start-up
    great resources
    great commuting benefits

    Cons

    overall everybody is highly competitive, and sometimes not in a healthy way
    one could be trapped into the perception of Stanford's the best of the best
    housing and everything around Stanford is very expensive
    since Stanford has the largest campus in the US, sometimes it takes over 30mins to get to a certain building
    food options are okay but expensive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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