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Stanford University Reviews in Stanford, CA

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.  

    Great place to do research

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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 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Being a graduate student provided lots of opportunities to work independently or to collaborate with diverse co-workers. Seminars and social hours provided plenty of time to interact with the rest of the department

    Cons

    Really not much to complain about, the pay isn't great I suppose but you are working towards a degree so I think it's worth it

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Visiting Student Researcher

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

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good chance to join an academic group and get trained. Good restaurant and dining hall. Good facilities such as gym and library. Good online resource. Good safety condition.

    Cons

    The housing price is really high. You could be very busy so that you cannot have time to relax. They require visiting fees which is generally not required by other universities. Their insurance plan is expansive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn as an employee, not just as a student

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Stanford attracts smart and thoughtful people as employees as well as students
    Beautiful campus with many nice buildings / facilities (not all but many)
    Reasonable opportunities to move between departments and positions
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Salary below private sector for some positions
    Not enough subsidized housing to make living nearby affordable
    Work experience can vary from department to department, so it is hard to generalize about the University as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a recruiter the Stanford name carries a lot of weight. Train employee recruiters to learn the ropes of recruiting so that you can do your job at any University or company, not just the "best of the best" located in sunny Silicon Valley!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Admin. Stanford Review

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    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Campus, Great People, Clean, Professional, and Above average pay scale.

    Cons

    Parking is expensive but they do offer great public transportation incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bonuses or higher raises would be great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Stanford

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

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

    Pros

    Wonderful campus environment, very collaborative peers, lots of opportunities for learning/teaching/development.

    Cons

    Your experience depends on exactly who you are working for/what lab you are in. Discuss with current lab member before you join.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for cutting edge research

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Affiliate in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to perform cutting edge research and collaborate with experts in almost any field. Very flexible schedule. Beautiful location.

    Cons

    While the salary is higher than most places, it is still quite low for the bay area-and certainly far lower than in industry. Health insurance is great but expensive if you have a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More guidance with career development would be helpful

  8.  

    The brightest and the best!

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    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Management Analyst in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    What a privilege to support Nobel-prize winning scientists!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, Stanford cannot compete with Silicon Valley tech salaries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great job alongside college studies

    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Resident Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Accomodating and understandable bosses, great coworkers (other students), a huge learning experience, paid well for time put in

    Cons

    Some students with the same position in other dorms had to put in many more hours than I did

  10.  

    Excellent pay and benefits. Stable but not always dynamic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are unmatched within higher education. The university emphasizes work-life balance for its staff. You are surrounded by brilliant students, world-class research, and opportunities for lifelong learning.

    Cons

    People refer to the generous benefits as the golden handcuffs. Staff do not leave, which means opportunities for upward advancement are limited. For a school that produces so much innovation, the working culture can feel stiff and people's roles siloed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student

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

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great campus culture, nice people, very diverse

    Cons

    can be a bit overwhelming living on-campus all 4 years, housing in palo alto isn't affordable so you have to live on campus, a lot of super privileged people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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