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Yale University Reviews in Connecticut

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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4.1 166 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Yale University President Peter Salovey

Peter Salovey

(32 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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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    A learning experience. Could be so much better.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

    ProsBenefits, christmas and new years off.

    ConsExtremely 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Student LIbrarian (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

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

    Constough 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 Senior Managementdont change anything

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good starter job, move on for your career

    (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New Haven, CT

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

    ConsOpportunities 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 Senior ManagementTrain, 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Such a waste of time.

    Graduate Student (Current Employee) 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 Senior ManagementPlan research, rationalize unknowns whenever possible, do not complain money is not enough, it is used poorly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

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

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementAppropriate 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Teaching Fellow (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

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

    ConsYou will be poor and disallusioned

    Advice to Senior Managementstop accepted grad students...there are not enough jobs for them. hire more professors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved the work, the pay was terrible

    Clinical Social Worker (Former Employee) New Haven, CT

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementTreat employees of either gender equally. Pay maternity for all women.

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    Post Doc Position

    Postdoctoral Associate (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

    ProsGreat Location, Don't need to have a car

    ConsIt;s a post doc position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Posgraduate Associate experience

    Postgraduate Associate (Current Employee) New Haven, CT

    ProsVery good place for learning and development. Collaborative environment and great opportunities to explore ideas and do research.

    ConsNo opportunities to grow and university policies are more important than working environment circumstances.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIts intriguing that they give more importance to the opinions of previous employer that that of the current employer at Yale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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