Stanford University Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Stanford has a great work-life balance environment (in 46 reviews)

  • Beautiful campus with many nice buildings / facilities (not all but many) (in 61 reviews)

Cons
  • Expensive cost of living anywhere close to the university due to silicon valley (in 26 reviews)

  • The work life balance at Stanford tends to be pretty poor for graduate students, though this is the case at most universities (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Summer Research blends professionalism, academia, and community

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Undergrad Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Undergrad Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great community of graduate students and professors who want to teach you things. Other undergraduates who work with you and keep things fun.

    Cons

    Not as sexy as industry work, and low pay.


  2. Stanford University Lifeguard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Lifeguard in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    You get to use all of the Stanford facilities (gym, classes, pool, etc.)

    Cons

    The job requires a lot of time dedicated to training.


  3. Excellent Experiences - Archeological Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Archaeologist in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Field Archaeologist in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a summer job, the position was perfect. Employer was very understanding and made sure we took breaks when doing work in the sun.

    Cons

    Job was only a few months in the summer


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  5. Stanford

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professor in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Professor in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing resources and colleagues, great students, innovative atmosphere, interdisciplinary collaborations, amazing climate

    Cons

    one of the downsides of this particular university is that the location is quite far from the city, yet has the same outrageous real estate prices surrounding it

    Advice to Management

    Advise potential job seekers here to pay close attention to the housing options and the combination of assistance programs to make this workable.


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    One of the premier academic institions in the world

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    World-class research. It is the place for electrical engineering, computer science, and bioengineering. Silicon Valley and all of computers came out of Stanford labs. This place is gorgeous and unparalleled. Campus is vast and has tremendous variety.

    Cons

    Quiet, secluded, isolated. Gender balance in most of the technical departments is insanely male-dominated. Area is ridiculously expensive. Cost of living is through the roof.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out ways to be less stingy with space! Space is the premium item here and there just isn't enough of it. The university takes in such huge overhead on all grants, yet barely provides enough space to get anything done. That, and treat your supporting staff (admins, etc) better. They get paid far below market rates. This is not acceptable for an institution with such prestige. You can afford to pay them more, particularly when they enable so much work!


  7. Visiting Fellow

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stanford is an amazing place for seeing and shaping the future

    Cons

    Nothing to consider as negative.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work, thank you for being here.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Wonderful community and opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stanford is a fabulous place to explore new frontiers and make connections with leaders in so many fields.

    Cons

    There are so many opportunities for projects and partnerships, it can be overwhelming to try to focus. Particular areas can become silos.
    Fair amount of bureaucracy to get certain things done.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for people/groups with similar interests to find one another and work together.


  9. Working in Development at Stanford

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Development in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director, Development in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great culture, amazing location, great people

    Cons

    Very large University sometimes can be layered in management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. We are all lucky to be a part of the finest institution of Higher Education in the world.


  10. Great School!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can work full-time on my research.

    Cons

    It is very expensive to live in the Silicon Valley.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Good for Security

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Name on Resume, Great benefits and strong work/life balance opportunities. People are generally nice. Secure job.

    Cons

    Its quite decentralized and working together with other departments can be hard if you don't have political power. Systems are archaic and efficiency is poor. pay is below market and many commute from far away in the east bay.

    Advice to Management

    Recent HR overhaul of job descriptions was damaging to morale and essentially gave the lowest 30% of salary positions were given an essential pay cut while the top 30% got a raise.



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