Yale University Reviews in Connecticut

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
278 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.  

    Great place

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great healthcare, facility, research resources

    Cons

    New haven is not safe, people are unfriendly, weather is cold

  2.  

    Great pay for a student job! Really appreciate the opportunity to work as a student tech, would do it again.

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Beautiful campus
    -Friendly fellow employees
    -Great attentive employers who will listen to your suggestions and implement them fairly quickly. Idea turnaround/innovation is great here.
    -Everything is fairly centralized and close to each other; there isn't much travel time between locations.
    -Training sessions are paid and fun!

    Cons

    -Sometimes high-stress workload
    -Expected to fix too many problems with too little resources (too little manpower).
    -Sometimes understaffed
    -Not much room to climb up (expected, though).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  3.  

    Student pay is great, hours are flexible

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Really high student minimum wage, administrators/bosses are very sympathetic to student responsibilities and allow for flexible scheduling

    Cons

    Sometimes the responsibilities given to you at these student minimum wage jobs are very limited - not a whole lot of learning involved/irregular trainings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better, more-regular training would greatly benefit both students and management. You won't have to hire as many employees if you just train the ones you already have well!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great Environment
    -Fair pay
    -Contact with some of the smartest people in the world
    -Excellent learning environment especially prior to undertaking a PhD

    Cons

    There are none that I can think of. The university definitely treats its workers with great care and offers fair compensation. Its also great to be in an environment where you are constantly learning from others and from your work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great! Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good School for Bio-sciences PhD

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

    I have been working at Yale University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Yale is a good place to earn your doctorate from in bio-sciences because of the diverse research options, great student stipend and benefits, and collaborative research environment. Depending on the people you choose to study under, there is the opportunity for flexible working hours.

    Cons

    Gettting your doctorate from Yale can be challenging due to the high publication expectations and therefore constant pressure to succeed. This translates into long working hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  7.  

    Great experience!

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This was a great job, I was very satisfied with my work and the team. Great compensation, gained valuable customer service experience and loved helping students who were technologically challenged.

    Cons

    This was a great job, I was very satisfied with my work and the team. Great compensation, gained valuable customer service experience and loved helping students who were technologically challenged. There were no real cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Yale has some of the best paid and happiest employers on a university campus.

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    Current Employee - Office Assistant  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Office Assistant in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Salary is higher than in most higher education institutions and management is happy and well paid. New Haven isn't the most beautiful city but campus is gorgeous and safe.

    Cons

    New Haven is not the liveliest city for a young person. NYC is only a train ride away but nightlife is scarce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research scientists are not valued

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Access to library resources, facilities, talent. High quality infrastructure for science, lots of activities on campus. Being affiliated with Yale lends credibility, respect from outsiders. Reasonable benefits package but doesn't totally make up for the poor salary. Although New Haven has its detractors, it is a major population center with plenty of amenities, easy access to big cities in the Northeast.

    Cons

    Low salary, insular, bureaucratic, egos. Associate Research Scientist (ARS) is an odd category that is technically faculty but looked down up by professors; it is always hard to explain to people both on and off campus what the appointment means. There are relatively few ARS on campus so limited peer group, hard to get moral support in difficult times. Too difficult to move up the non-tenure ranks. Considering experience and skills ARS pay is a bad joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down individual fiefdoms and encourage cross-campus and cross-job-category interactions. Faculty need to be more involved in advancing the careers of junior staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  10.  

    Good place to work, great place to retire.

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, time off, and relative stability

    Cons

    Complacency, inept leadership, a low regard (financially) for managerial and professional staff and despite the name, there isn't anything groundbreaking being done here outside of academia and medicine. Administrative staff are certainly the bottom rung and it is felt. Most people can't/won't leave because of the golden handcuffs - amazing benefits, time off and it's likely paying for their children's college education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create and foster a real internal development program. Give administrative staff something to reach for when it comes to meeting goals and expectations. Make performance reviews not only mandatory but compliance needs to be connected to managerial increases.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Benefits, but a lot of BS in Research

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -A lot of time off
    -Great Resources
    -Good Resume Builder

    Cons

    -Research Politics
    -Research Depts expect overtime everyday all the time
    -PIs are negative and will throw their associates/assistants under a bus to protect themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR needs to have a better eye on PIs and their treatment of Research Associates/Assistants

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