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Stanford University Reviews in Stanford, CA

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
724 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There is a strong sense of community among staff and work-life balance is valued (in 39 reviews)

  • Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training (in 58 reviews)


Cons
  • The number one problem is the inadequate salary regarding cost of living in the heart of the bay area (in 25 reviews)

  • Sociopathic managers, poor salary, no advancement, poor work-life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    My student experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    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 (less than an 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
  3. 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Generous Benefits. Good Pay & PTO.

    Cons

    The commute was horrible in that area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Greatly managed.

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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    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 (more than an 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
  7.  

    Inefficient workplace with little room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    work/life balance, catering, nice campus, gym facility, students

    Cons

    bureaucracy, lack of incentives, inefficiency, tense atmosphere, lack of team work mentality, negative attitude

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into the data that is already there. Talk to current and former employees and make changes according to what you find.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9. 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Good place for educational purposes

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Very nice and friendly community.
    A lot of opportunities to increase education level.
    Many attractive people around.

    Cons

    Not competitive salary. Less trained people from IT companies have twice bigger salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Excellent

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

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

    Pros

    very receptive to life issues, not too many rules to stifle growth or outside of the box thinking, beautiful work environment, everyone was very friendly and supportive.

    Cons

    certain amount of bureaucracy is to be expected, occasional confusion as to what the exact process for assignment of tasks and the schedule for the completion of those tasks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the application process more transparent, so as to be sure that no one accidentally misses some of the deadlines. Perhaps share the available positions more widely across campus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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