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Stanford University Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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4.1 402 reviews

93% Approve of the CEO

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy

John L. Hennessy

(217 ratings)

87% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • For a physics department of this caliber, there's great work/life balance(in 33 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)

  • The work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities(in 10 reviews)

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    nice place

    Senior Software Architect (Current Employee) Stanford, CA

    Prosthis was a specialized project, multi-year contract, which I enjoyed very much

    ConsI found the Palo Alto/Stanford area very boring -- basically a "white-bread" upscale shopping mall sort of plave, not very culturally exciting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work with great opportunities to expand on my career.

    Motion Graphics Artist (Current Employee) Stanford, CA

    ProsThe benefit are amazing with opportunities to continue ones education, retirement, and the work life balance. Working on campus gives you all the access to any facility including gyms and plenty of discount around town. The work environment is relaxed yet productive with the opportunity to be self managed.

    ConsConstruction is going on all the time.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A fantastic place to study.

    Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsTons of resources available to students, both for research and personal development. This is *the* place to be to study at any education level. This is the opportunity to study under the best in their field, no matter what field they're in. There is plenty to challenge anyone.

    ConsGraduate school anywhere can be stressful, but this is more dependent upon the research group you work with. Salary for graduate students is of course low, but everyone knows that going in. I never thought so many people could live in such a wonderful place and spend all their time in labs not enjoying the outdoors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment to push yourself.

    Graduate Student (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe perfect place to pursue cutting edge research and entrepreneurship.

    ConsAll-consuming, requires a lot of time commitment. Everyone is working long hours.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great research environment, setup for success

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee) Stanford, CA

    ProsA solid grant/fellowship support system, career resources, and social support groups. An awesome campus, lots of facility/equipment access, and clear sunny days.

    ConsFaculty are hard to access (compared to at least one other institution of similar report and esteem).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Administrative Associate

    Administrative Associate (Current Employee) Stanford, CA

    ProsIntellectual, multi-culture and Great benefits

    Consnot that I can think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome department managers don't have good leadership

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great!

    Resident Assistant (Current Employee) Stanford, CA

    Prosamazing people, beautiful campus, etc

    Consdealing with immature college kids.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork out at the gyms

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    beautiful place to work

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prosit is a good place to work

    Consthe salary is very low

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    student ambassador for Stanford Dining.

    Stanford Dining Ambassador (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Prossome creative input, some flexibility for new programming, but ultimately constrained by

    Conseverything always has to be approved and re-approved by executives and the marketing department, even if you have the key expertise over an area. It's a little ridiculous. Sometimes you might feel that you are not trusted to do your job thoroughly, and that you would somehow try to soil the brand if given the opportunity.

    Meetings with management are extremely difficult to land, and you might get a cold email from a secretary telling you there is no time for an executive to discuss a certain matter with you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive students the time to talk when they need to talk. Meaning gets lost in email threads. Hear us out over the phone or schedule in-person meetings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Research Associate

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Stanford, CA

    ProsLots of freedom, outstanding environment, low stress, smart people, lifetime benefits, and incentives to improve your health condition.

    ConsBe prepared to be underpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake action to reduce the bureaucracy to promote researchers to a senior position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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