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Stanford University Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
678 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • For a physics department of this caliber, there's great work/life balance (in 34 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 55 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 20 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good

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

    Pros

    It is an extremely vibrant intellectual place

    Cons

    The graduate research assistant salary is low specially that Palo Alto is an expensive town

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money for research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good, but needs to improve

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Student  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Student in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Scientifically great environment, office culture

    Cons

    Incompetent compensation and support packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries of postdoctoral students should increase due to the high cost of living in the bay area. Alumni emails should be granted to the postdoctoral students spending certain amount of time at Stanford. Also, retirement matching should be offered.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected.

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Deputy Director  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Deputy Director in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Very smart people and interesting work
    Beautiful surroundings (exterior) and high tech work spaces (for the most part although some are quite shoddy)
    Good benefits (especially health and retirement)

    Cons

    Horrible management (most faculty members have no idea how to manage)
    Very poor responses to HR issues
    Staff are seen as expendable and always come after faculty and students
    Low salaries with little chance of advancement
    No real interest in professional development of staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Worst place I ever worked

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training

    Cons

    Unethical management; toxic environment; leadership don't apply Stanford values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management of my division should apply Stanford values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low Pay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    World class institution, interesting work, great location, and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Low pay - ask what the salary range is before you move forward in the application process. A lot of politics - it is everywhere but here especially. Employment for life - people stay there long after they are productive which also means little opportunity to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Working at a world class institution doesn't pay the bills. You must compensate people fairly for the work they do, not simply upper management.

  7.  

    Great benefits poor salary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Great Benefits! Great people! Flexibility and easy collaboration. Great training and continued training.

    Cons

    Salary is not enough given the area. Not enough protected time to advance the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salaries and more protected time for research and development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Associate  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Development Associate in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunity to work in different departments

    Cons

    Very busy most of the time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very busy most of the time. Upper management doesn't seem to understand the workload.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great location, nice people, job nebulous

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writing Consultant  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writing Consultant in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    It's wonderful to be part of a thriving community composed of students, professors, and professional employees

    Cons

    Very much stuck in the past when it comes to technology and the IT management there doesn't seem to understand much in the way of human relations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house in the IT group. They don't know what they want nor how to implement it. I was the fifth employee in the same position in two years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beautiful school but location is not and management needs to be more proactive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    working as a contractor, i am not so sure what benefits they offer. i do, however, enjoy the school campus. when i go on my lunch break, i go out and just sit under the tree and enjoy my view. where i currently work at, it seems that the group knows what they are doing and they help one another to reach a common goal.

    Cons

    training new employee as well as providing access is very slooowww. if i could scream, i would probably have done it already because i am so bored with what i am doing. management does not know how to set-up a proper training so new employees could get up to speed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    draft a new employee outline - what the person needs access to, what type of training/how would train and when. provide a clear goal what tasks need to be completed in X amount of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Pleasant, Surrounded by extraordinary academics

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours depending on progress of research
    -Good environment
    -Great opportunities for networking with leading academics in their respective fields
    -Good setup for presenting research at the end of research quarter

    Cons

    -Often difficult to coordinate meeting times with all research assistants
    -Training in various software used in research not all thorough; often had to learn a lot of skills on my own with the internet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For research assistants, simplifying the bureaucracy through which research progress is reported would be helpful, and allow them to focus on the research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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