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Stanford University Reviews in Stanford, CA

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
677 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.  

    Stanford is a power-house environment that needs to work on building a culture of social responsibility.

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are almost all brilliant and driven, which elevates the work product and experience. Funding is strong. Students are great. Infrastructure is amazing. Environment is stunningly beautiful. Climate is perfect all year round. Salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    Colleagues could learn more humility, compassion, and social responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While it is nice to be in the gleaming tower of privilege, please learn to be a little less self-centered and to think about those less fortunate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Student Services Officer

    Current Employee - Student Services Officer  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Student Services Officer in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work with graduate, undergraduate and postdoctoral students.

    Cons

    This job fluctuates with periods of high stress to low stress.

  3.  

    comfortable

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

    Pros

    good benefits, great environment with lots of opportunities and intelligent people.

    Cons

    administration is slow to move. Lots of regulation and cherry-picking of enforcement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more involved in making some people productive. Be consistent in enforcement and helping people grow skills with jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An amazing and supportive place to work in

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    Former Employee - Research Associate (Social Science)  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate (Social Science) in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    I worked at the business school and the buildings are amazing. The people are friendly. Lots of resources for employees.

    Cons

    The business school can be a little bit removed from the rest of the campus, but they are working on mitigating that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very good

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

    Pros

    It is an extremely vibrant intellectual place

    Cons

    The graduate research assistant salary is low specially that Palo Alto is an expensive town

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money for research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pleasant, Surrounded by extraordinary academics

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

    Pros

    -Flexible hours depending on progress of research
    -Good environment
    -Great opportunities for networking with leading academics in their respective fields
    -Good setup for presenting research at the end of research quarter

    Cons

    -Often difficult to coordinate meeting times with all research assistants
    -Training in various software used in research not all thorough; often had to learn a lot of skills on my own with the internet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For research assistants, simplifying the bureaucracy through which research progress is reported would be helpful, and allow them to focus on the research.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good, but needs to improve

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

    Pros

    Scientifically great environment, office culture

    Cons

    Incompetent compensation and support packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salaries of postdoctoral students should increase due to the high cost of living in the bay area. Alumni emails should be granted to the postdoctoral students spending certain amount of time at Stanford. Also, retirement matching should be offered.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity to learn

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    Former Employee - Life Sciences Research Assistant  in  Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Life Sciences Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Very professional and organized, nice orientation provided with breakfast, each website is very detailed and easy to follow, lots of benefit programs to employee including a bewell health program where cash incentives are rewarded for taking steps to a healthier lifestyle (mental and physical). Caltrain Gopass provided.

    Cons

    Parking can be expensive, however they provided many transportation alternatives such as caltrain passes, providing carpool assistance, and bicycle incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in a small graduate laboratory, professor was great and so was administration, I worked mostly independently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Worst place I ever worked

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits; beautiful campus; lot of training

    Cons

    Unethical management; toxic environment; leadership don't apply Stanford values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management of my division should apply Stanford values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great benefits poor salary

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    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor  in  Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Instructor in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Great Benefits! Great people! Flexibility and easy collaboration. Great training and continued training.

    Cons

    Salary is not enough given the area. Not enough protected time to advance the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salaries and more protected time for research and development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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