Stanford University

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Stanford University Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
755 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.  

    Competitive environment. but the best place to be

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent research environment, access to the best facilities, reputation follows you wherever you go!

    Cons

    Unacknowledged competition, pressure to publish and find independent funding through fellowships

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More health benefits. The 50% medical insurance subsidy is too little, considering the ridiculously high cost of Cardinal Care.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company great benefits, primarily old people in the work enviroment

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    Current Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Data Quality Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Students on campus make you feel like you're still in college.

    Cons

    Lots of old people that work as Staff and Faculty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free Food

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience and culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment for collaboration. Top research university - draws a lot of funding. Great benefits like a free cal-train pass for full-time employees. Access to on-campus gyms and pools.

    Cons

    Parking is tough and permits can be expensive. Depending on the department you're in, the buildings/labs are a little dated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stanford is the best

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Researcher in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stanford brings together entrepreneurial, driven kids in a relaxed, west coast atmosphere - the result is a supremely creative environment where you can explore and test different ideas. Stanford also has a great deal of access to resources. Not to mention the beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Some of the more "unique" classes can be staffed with some inexperienced professors that struggle to balance their experiences with real learning. While the content is interesting, the value can be limited.

    Same is true with research, make sure you do your due diligence prior to agreeing to any research position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to Stanford's core values of encouraging experimentation and crazy thinking!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. The culture is very relaxed yet hard working. Everyone is very friendly and helpful, and also extremely competent. It is also a great stepping stone. Working as a researcher opens up a lot of options both in academia and industry.

    Cons

    It can be a bit difficult to find meaningful projects to work on. Many projects, while often interesting, are of minimal utility and can be a bit tedious. While I imagine this is true most places, projects generally take a long time to complete and most of the work is rather boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Contractor for SHEG

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    Former Employee - Editor in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Editor in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Paid on-time, clear communication of tasks, interesting work.

    Cons

    Not paid enough, half of corporate rate for my industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase payment to contractors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Great place to be!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Economics department is making great strides to being less bureaucratic. They care about students a lot. Lots of oppportunities to be involved and develop human capital.

    Cons

    Research is king. Expected from a PhD program. However, if you want to go private sector I have heard they will support you. Lots of red tape with GSB as a non-GSB student.

  9.  

    Wonderful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic and stimulating colleagues. Mission-driven culture. Very dynamic, highly engaging. And students constantly bring a fresh perspective. University is incredibly well run. Very impressive, especially for a non-profit organization that is so decentralized.

    Cons

    Cost of living is very high here. Hard to compete with Silicon Valley stock options. Traffic to and from also continues to get worse. University is good at aiding with alternative transportation however.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Research Assistant in Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Incredible people, interesting projects, cutting edge technology, limitless resources

    Cons

    People are so incredible that it's sometimes hard to reach them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Stanford is a great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    This university has a great Atmosphere

    Cons

    The Parking is quite expensive

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