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Stanford University Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
704 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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  1.  

    I love to work at Stanford

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    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Visiting Assistant Professor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    It was the most amazing experience working at Stanford. There are so many intelligent people and always innovative ideas.

    Cons

    Need to work very hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    My student experience

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The professors are very professional and knowledgeable. The university provides a lot of challenging but meaningful courses to students. I gained a lot in this university.

    Cons

    There are just too many, many people! You have to work very hard to stand out. To be honest, the food are not good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was great - smart people, good pay, good work.

    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and balance. The hospital really takes care of its employees and it was a great job right out of college.

    Cons

    Work got kind of boring after a while. I did research for the hospital and it became quite repetitive over the years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Specialist

    Current Employee - Finance Specialist  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Specialist in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Generous Benefits. Good Pay & PTO.

    Cons

    The commute was horrible in that area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Greatly managed.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life Science Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Life Science Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work enviornment. Great benefits. Great area for intellectual growth

    Cons

    Pay could be higher. I find that as a LSRA finding the balance between work and personal life is hard due to personal goals for achievments in science.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    PhD Life

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    Current Employee - PhD Student (With Fellowship)  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Student (With Fellowship) in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free schedule. Good stipend and lots of ways to make some more cash on the side. Amazing resources for graduate student research and quality people to learn from. Overall probably the best place to be a graduate student in the world, even considering the high cost of living.

    Cons

    5 years is a longer time than you think. In most cases have to leave California once you graduate. Isolating, making it somewhat difficult to develop a network if you want to leave the academy. Would be better if outside options were treated as just as good as staying within the university.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would encourage a little bit more formal management and meetings. Though they can be a waste of time they are excellent ways to begin to build a culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The investment in research is huge and the facilites are the best

    Cons

    The ambient is quite competitive

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great environment to work (for non-academic staff positions) but not for career growth.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, including tuition reimbursement for yourself (undergraduate and graduate degree) and your dependents (up to four years to complete undergraduate degree). Free use of athletic facilities (gym, swimming pool, squash, tennis, etc.) health benefits, and matching 401K program. Good work/life balance, so if you have children, it is a flexible place to work.

    Cons

    Low salary relative to industry standard. Annual increase is very minimal, so you have to negotiate best salary in the beginning or move to other departments or schools (within the University) to get significant increase in salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to keep up compensation with the market to attract key talents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Potentially many contacts to be made and great research to be done.

    Cons

    In reality the postdoc is utterly dependent on the whim of the professor. Very few perks or benefits. Neither student nor staff, the postdoc is relegated to the shadowy underclass.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat postdocs like staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Place to retire

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    The work environment is slow. The schedule is fairly routine of 9 to 5. If you have a role that is worthwhile, this can be the place for you to retire.

    Cons

    The values are well defined, but no one seems to follow it. It is more of a lip service that actually believe in them. Culture is very hierarchical. Accountability does not exist. Promotions are not based on ability and accomplishment. Culture tend to be very secretive with no transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enforce core values from top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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