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Yale University Reviews in Connecticut

Updated December 6, 2014
Updated December 6, 2014
304 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits for earlier hires, nice work environment, beautiful campus, high salaries (in 26 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance at Yale (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • very competitive, not a great place for colaborations (in 6 reviews)

  • There was not a lot of upward mobility, I had to hope someone would leave or retire in order to be advanced (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    I've loved it!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Tech in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Student Tech in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Leads really care about you
    Get to do really interesting work, and learn as you go!

    Cons

    It can be hard to balance a full schedule with work, and it can be tough if you're not put on a team which you like (I am on a team that I do like)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best job in CT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Curatorial Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Curatorial Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    Large community of culture, support, and enrichment.

    Cons

    University as a whole is becoming corporate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Low collaboration

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Yale hosts an incredible array of events and training opportunities. You truly get to learn from and interact with global leaders in all kinds of fields. The campus is beautiful and the resources immense.

    Cons

    Many people in my area have very poor work life balance. Although there are many resources, because of cutbacks almost 1000 support positions have disappeared in the last few years and many people are now overworked. Simultaneously, there are many people duplicating work because they fear redundancy. The unwillingness to collaborate results in a very competitive atmosphere, were individuals become territorial and there is an incredible lack of efficiency.

    The atmosphere of competition creates a sense of isolation. This is especially unfortunate because there are enormously talented people at Yale and the potential for innovation in Higher Education is huge, if only people would work together more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because of the emphasis on individual achievement and cost saving, many employees are reluctant to collaborate, for fear of finding themselves with more work or a desire to ensure that they can take credit for their achievements. To foster an atmosphere of collaboration, you must find a way to reward collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior IT Analyst

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Senior IT Analyst in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and vacation time. Flexible work schedule. When the economy tanked in 2008 many benefits were slashed including PDO for new employees.

    Cons

    Management is spread too thin. The IT support structure was based on departments instead of locations. So if you covered one department in particular you could be running all over town.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best student job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Entomology Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Entomology Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been working there for years while completing my undergrad degree. Everyone is warm and nice and it's a pretty low-stress job

    Cons

    No cons, actually unless you dislike spending time in museums...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Imperative environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology
    Smart people

    Cons

    Not a stimulating environment. Most of the people are reclusive and do not talk.
    Many lab offer salary below NIH minimum scale as Yale has its own minimum (lower than NIH payscale)
    Majority of PIs are busy and do not care about your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please follow NIH minimum guideline for post doc salary.
    Do not exploit the foreign worker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    great if your boss care about your research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is decent, salary is OK for postdocs, a lot of funding that means you can buy anything you need for your research.

    Cons

    Professors with too much funding and big ego. No team work. Too many projects in which the principal investigator knows little or nothing about. The lab is run as a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team work is essential. There is not such a thing as a top secret project inside the same research group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Yale

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Overall, good place to work

    Cons

    If you don't care about your workplace having a culture, work here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stable, Decent Job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Stability, union, health care, 403b, 2 weeks paid vacation each year, 12 sick days, paid between Christmas and new years. They are decently flexible with time. It will always look great on your resume to be hired by Yale.

    Cons

    Job growth difficult. There are not that many opportunities to get a job in Yale that has more pay, responsibility, or degree of meaningful input.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Review of Major Gifts Development, Yale University

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Officer, Major Gifts in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Development Officer, Major Gifts in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Team of major gifts officers is a good one (except 1 of 16 officers leaves approx every 6 months).
    Good work/life balance
    iPads
    Department is willing to train fundraisers and take persons from non-traditional careers.
    Office centrally located downtown next to the Green.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive with other Ivies or the regional market.
    Promotion system is far from transparent - not directly related to results. Pay at various title levels equally opaque.
    If you are male, you will never hold a management position within this 250-person organization under its current leadership (accept it unfortunately).
    Entire development office works on intense systems of micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has created a system whereby the individual officers matter less, and the system of collecting information/data from donors matters more. Officers are more customer service representatives than fundraising professionals.

    Rather than work on how to manage against the downsides of poor retention, it would be better to reward current employees and boost retention and lengthen donor relationships with individual donors (donors notice - they tell us when they get a new officer every 18 months). Focusing on retention will help you save money and boost morale. Retention is major gifts management's biggest challenge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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