Stanford University Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Fantastic Institution, cutting edge and entrepreneurial spirit

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    Former Intern - Life Science Research Assistant
    Former Intern - Life Science Research Assistant

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

    Pros

    A collection of smart talented people from many different fields, spirit of silicon valley.

    Cons

    Labs are still labs, and the fast moving pace may get to you if you're doing the monotonous lab work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Worked as university library staff.

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    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant
    Former Employee - Student Library Assistant

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

    Pros

    This place gave some of the employees, depending on their schedule, plenty of time to study or goof off or whatever. It's great that way.

    Cons

    Almost too permissive with some of the students who took advantage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing exactly what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great place to work, but

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    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    You got a lot of training, knowledge of cutting edge tech. Great seminars all year around.

    Cons

    Poor Salary especially for living in sf bay area. 75% after tax salary goes to rent!
    Really curious how can new post doc even survive here.
    VERY fast paced in labs.. be prepared..

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  5. it's good and fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    academic and get sense of what academic life looks like

    Cons

    too much things to solve

  6. LRSA I

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Collaboration, opportunities to learn and lead a project, networking, flexible schedule, benefits

    Cons

    Training will depend on project, compensation based on grants

  7. Administration is not what you would expect

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Pros

    Supporting a world class institution.

    Cons

    Administrative processes are very old school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great if you find the right spot

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Lovely location, good benefits, and a great experience of you find the right people.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive salaries, bureaucratic administration, long way from SF

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the administrative systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Working at Stanford is awesome!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Highly professional, cell equipped and excellent place to work!

    Cons

    I loved all aspects of working at Stanford.

  10. Great university, but not a great place to be a research assistant.

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

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful and the weather is consistently nice. It's a great place to be if you enjoy outdoor activities. Good name recognition.

    Cons

    Poor work environment for graduate students, especially for women and minority students in the School of Engineering. Hyper-competitive workplace is poor for people who prefer collaborative work. Many faculty do not seem interested in mentoring their students. Long work hours for little pay (especially given the high cost of living in the area). Focus on entrepreneurship without consideration of ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Very nice work environment with several possibilities to move forward your career and scientific plans.

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

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

    Pros

    Resources, time, location, experiments, theory,group

    Cons

    I do not see any cons in this context

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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