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Stanford University Reviews in Stanford, CA

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
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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.  

    Very nice work environment with several possibilities to move forward your career and scientific plans.

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

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

    Pros

    Resources, time, location, experiments, theory,group

    Cons

    I do not see any cons in this context

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a great place to work for, with a few caveats to be aware of

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

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

    Pros

    Stanford has incredible resources and uses these to support their faculty, staff, and students. They also do a wonderful job of fostering an accepting, caring community among university members.

    Cons

    The working environment can be pretty daunting and the expectations and workload are sometimes unreasonable. Also, the individuals here, while well-intentioned, are not necessarily the most earthly or exciting people to socialize with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for a postdoc

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    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)

    Pros

    Faculty, equipment, other resources. Nice location.

    Cons

    Postdoc salaries in general aren't very much, and the cost of living in this area is especially high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Part-time Consulting Instructor, 2012-2013

    Former Employee - Graduate Practicum Consultant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Practicum Consultant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with the incredibly talented students and faculty was invigorating and rewarding. Plus, as "staff," you get access to the Stanford Golf Course.

    Cons

    I helped out with one, two-quarter class. So the work-load was not excessive. I regret that the projects I managed were out of my control once I left the job.

    Recommends
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    Athletic Training Intern

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    Former Employee - Athletic Trainer in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Athletic Trainer in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Stanford takes very good care of their employees. I was impressed with the professional demeanor with which I was treated. They made my salary competitive with other interns (more than competitive at $16/ hr). I served as an intern at San Jose State University, Evergreen Valley Community College and local hospitals. Stanford was never concerned with the politics of these positions. There were many off work considerations, as well. As an intern you were treated as if you were a regular employee with all the benefits and standing.

    Cons

    Stanford was a very large campus and thus location of work site to parking was tasking. There wasn't a lot I can say negative about this position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Postdoc at 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

    Pros

    amazing location, collaboration, high stimulating work environment

    Cons

    benefits are minimal for postdoc, work-life balance is not good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great university, but not a great place to be a research assistant.

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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 as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful and the weather is consistently nice. It's a great place to be if you enjoy outdoor activities. Good name recognition.

    Cons

    Poor work environment for graduate students, especially for women and minority students in the School of Engineering. Hyper-competitive workplace is poor for people who prefer collaborative work. Many faculty do not seem interested in mentoring their students. Long work hours for little pay (especially given the high cost of living in the area). Focus on entrepreneurship without consideration of ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Fun opportunity with large amount of independence and autonomy

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    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Undergraduate Researcher in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, great location, very helpful and friendly people, great resources, good weather,

    Cons

    Quality of research position heavily depends on which department and lab you are in. Some people get terrible advisors or mentors which deters people from finding an interest in research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    A bubble of optimism and innovation

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

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

    Pros

    - Access to incredible resources: available labs and machine shops, talented people and experts in any field
    - Very friendly and optimistic atmosphere
    - Amazing work environment

    Cons

    It is a bubble, so sometimes there can be a gap with the industry world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty great for a regular employee

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

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

    Pros

    They have great benefits for families, a strong emphasis on work-life balance, and in staffing roles, very nice people. You can definitely find a stable position there, if that's what you're looking for. Proud to be a part of award winning and groundbreaking research. I have seen some of their research impact my loved ones.

    Cons

    I understand that the research is what makes Stanford go round, but a lot of times I feel like the University is a little too deferential to the authority of the PIs and I don't feel that supported by upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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