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Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
265 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great benefits and vacation time (in 21 reviews)

  • The pay is great, the community is healthy, and the University truly cares about it's employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The city of new Haven is not the best place to live in but a great place to have fun (in 6 reviews)

  • Depending on the laboratory, the work environment was sometimes less than optimal (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A learning experience. Could be so much better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    Benefits, christmas and new years off.

    Cons

    Extremely understaffed with management, at least in certain departments. 2-4 jobs being covered by one person, with constantly higher performance expectations. Set up for failure. No personal life because you're trying to do so many jobs and constantly under pressure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    hi

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    Current Employee - Student LIbrarian  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Student LIbrarian in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    prestigious and well known college. beautiful campus and decent pay. would recommend it

    Cons

    tough and bleak winter conditions. I wouldn't recommend working there unless you are a well known professor or you're going there for school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont change anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter job, move on for your career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    Great educational opportunities, great co-workers, great benefits package.

    Cons

    No room for growth or upward mobility, nepotism or favoritism, expected to work 10-20 hours past the 40 hours per week salaried, immense pressure if you do not work up to this standard. Constant reorganization of job duties to ensure productivity with added duties each time an update is made. One person does the job of 2-3 people. Those who do not contribute to the work environment are not held accountable if they have personal preference with the administration. Scapegoating and bullying if you do not agree with these practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire supportive management who have managerial skills (i.e. managers who can provide concrete advice for improvement rather than "you're not working up to par". Don't under-staff programs, overwork employees and expect to retain dedicated and skilled workers. Allow feedback to managerial staff by their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The HR function at Yale University is extremely dysfunctional and lacks good leadership.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    Prestigious Ivy League University with cutting edge research facilities, a beautiful campus and a wide variety of social activities available.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement are often influenced by cronyism and preferential treatment, as opposed to a more objective evaluation of an individual's ability to perform effectively in a role. There is very ineffective management and leadership within many of the departments throughout the University, as people are hired into these roles or promoted without having the requisite managerial skills needed in order to be successful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train, train, train your management and hold them accountable for failures in leadership. Tap into the employees at the non-management level to obtain feedback on operational issues and opportunities for improvement before making decisions that ultimately do not resolve the core issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Such a waste of time.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    -- nice and friendly colleagues, not at all competitive
    -- University life is fantastic.
    -- microscopy facilities, machine shops and other shared labs have first class equipment and they let you use everything you need for a reasonable fee.
    -- libraries are great

    Cons

    -- graduate classes are useless, professors have no interest in teaching them and you can see it.
    -- in general, there is no planning whatsoever when it comes to research. Most PIs (I have talked to my colleagues to know about their stories) are too busy looking for money rather than making good use of it. No point in discussing how to do better, nobody listens.
    -- as a graduate student your time has no value. The more they waste, the more they ask. It is up to you to put a limit to it.
    -- good feedback is polite, rational, specific, and if necessary, also very strict. In general feedback does not go beyond the following: "this is not enough!, work more!!". Not very useful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan research, rationalize unknowns whenever possible, do not complain money is not enough, it is used poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Yale is no longer as great as it once was. The administrative structure must be reorganized if it is going to survive.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing and it is the best place to work in CT.

    Cons

    They are still in the past and need to think about the future. This is a school that has been around longer than the federal government, and I can guarantee that it has more bureaucracy than the federal government.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appropriate administrative funding at the department level is essential to provide the service needed by faculty. And if that is not a possibility than someone needs to communicate this to the faculty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't bother with graduate school unless you love reading academic books and want desperately to be a professor.

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    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Teaching Fellow in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    As a grad student, you have a lot of freedom and time to travel

    Cons

    You will be poor and disallusioned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop accepted grad students...there are not enough jobs for them. hire more professors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating: the ideas and theories about health systems flowed freely.
    Schedule: spent most of the time in a 9-5 setting, with some very interesting travel.
    Interaction with students: the best and brightest continually inspired our office with their vivaciousness and critical thinking skills.
    Retirement: the 403(b) plan 5% match with a 5% bonus is a very good retirement package.
    Yale: the greater community is great! Lots of wonderful people to meet who possess a diversity of experiences and knowledge bar none.

    Cons

    Directors: The directors of the office where I worked were terrible. It was their way or the highway in terms of considering ideas and the way forward.
    Resistant to change: The group I work mainly duplicated efforts already existing in the private and public sector without much difference. This led to a lack of belief in the mission on my part.
    Favoritism: Directors conspicuously chose favorites, hailing their smallest feats as ground-breaking and actively criticizing the employees who they did not like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Invest in outside training more. Define the employees' roles, and help them train for them.
    2. Respect equal opportunity and nurture ideas by all without reprisal or condemnation.
    3. Less talk, more walk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Yale is a post doc factory...

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    Good reputation
    facilities and infrastructures

    Cons

    People occasionally talk with each other

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loved the work, the pay was terrible

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    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    The benefits were great, matching funds for retirement fund, free entry into all Yale buildings, museums, libraries etc.
    It was very intellectually stimulating and challenging

    Cons

    The pay was terrible, as a woman I was treated differently than men and my salary showed it. You must pay for parking at approx $80/mo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees of either gender equally. Pay maternity for all women.

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