Stanford University Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. It really depends on the manager you have. My experience here has been very positive.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is a very entrepreneurial environment in my experience. If you have a good idea and find the right faculty member to pitch it to while aligning it with organizational goals, you will probably get it approved.

    Cons

    Like most higher education organizations, it is decentralized and being able to build bridges across units and learning to work cross-functionally with peers are very necessary skill-sets.

    Advice to Management

    Implement 360 reviews for everyone.


  2. Research

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University

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

    Pros

    Great academic research with world famous professors

    Cons

    Low salary per hour compared to TA

    Advice to Management

    Increase comp


  3. I am a PhD student only

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University

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

    Pros

    learn a lot; the colleagues are smart

    Cons

    do not have much spare time


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  5. I've been working as a civil engineering intern with Stanford Utilities Division. I learnt how to use AutoCAD.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Intern 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

    I was involved in a few water-related projects. Engineers there are super nice and you can learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.


  6. Surrounded by great people

    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 brimming with smart, interesting and talented people. I've had so many rich conversations and made lasting friendships with the people I've met there. Many opportunities to learn with an abundance of excellent lectures and seminar series across all disciplines in the university. Campus is gorgeous.

    Cons

    Located in one of the most expensive areas to live in the country; finding reasonably priced housing on a postdoctoral fellow or graduate student's salary can be challenging.


  7. Great benefits, rewarding work

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

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Stanford offers a very competitive benefits package, flexibility for families and pays on the upper end of the scale for education

    Cons

    Although the pay is decent, it's not enough to live comfortably in the Bay Area. Management hierarchy is wildly variable and often promotes mediocre talent.


  8. Graduate Research Assistant in Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    The flexible schedule is awesome. The pay isn't great but it's definitely enough to survive on with a moderate lifestyle.

    Cons

    It's so unpredictable, depending on your boss. Try to do at least a few rotations so you get a sense of how different PIs work.


  9. Great benefits, but a constant struggle with bureaucracy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Conference Sales Support in Stanford, CA
    Current Contractor - Conference Sales Support in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing. It is rare that anyone works overtime. Depending on your position, many people work from home often.

    Cons

    Everything is very slow, the technology is outdated. The work flow is overloaded with unnecessary paperwork between departments.

    Once you are in, you are in, it is extremely difficult to lose your job. They will send you to a myriad of classes and HR will go above and beyond so employees do not lose their job. Thus, very few employees are motivated or any good at their job.

    Advice to Management

    Update your software and improve workflow, you would have a higher profit margin.


  10. MBA student

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MBA Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - MBA Candidate in Stanford, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This place is amazing - don t hesitate if you have a chance to study or live there

    Cons

    People surrounding you are so amazing that it's sometimes depressing :)

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Great research environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    many intelligent and passionate colleagues. Lots of funding.

    Cons

    High expectations of student. Work-life balance can be an issue.



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