Yale University Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
287 Reviews
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287 Reviews
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Yale University President Peter Salovey
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits for earlier hires, nice work environment, beautiful campus, high salaries (in 24 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance at Yale (in 9 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.  

    Employee at Yale's Slifka Center

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

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

    Pros

    Typically Relaxed atmosphere
    Work with students regularly
    Free food at kosher dinning hall
    Payment system works well
    Understanding management

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility; you do your one job and stick with it
    Turnover has happened recently where many long-term employees lost their jobs
    Keep in mind this is for the Hillel on campus ONLY, not the university itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the atmosphere of the center and not just operation costs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Counselor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    The summer session office is filled with lovely people. There are great opportunities to improve your leadership skills, people skills, explaining things skills, and all round camp counseling skills.

    Cons

    There are no cons. You may have to deal with some interesting people from interesting countries but that's not a con. Not at all.

  3.  

    Good but future direction uncertain

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

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In the past, was a good workplace. Union and administration relations were cordial and there hadn't been a major strike in over ten years.

    Cons

    People are being laid off or retired and not replaced. Future direction is uncertain given that much of the union labor force is being outsourced (to centralized food production or to business workpools). Atmosphere is much chillier than in previous years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administration needs to seriously think about the future of the university. Cutting costs is not the way to building excellence. Morale has dropped precipitously in many sectors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Yale School of Nursing - PR Intern

    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This was probably the best internship I have ever had. My boss was very flexible with my schedule, everyone was polite, I had my own office, and it was a very nice environment.

    Cons

    I wish that I had the opportunity to work on more projects and really delve into the whole department.

  6.  

    A great place to work if you're not looking for advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Working in a museum setting and in a beautiful building designed by a famous architect. As part of Yale, there are many benefits such as job security, free healthcare, lots of time off, etc. (Despite the cons, the benefits at Yale are what keeps most people working at Yale).

    Cons

    If you're not one of the curatorial or scholarly employees, then you're pretty limited in terms of job advancement. You can spend years working here and never be offered a promotion or increased responsibility, despite being worthy. Administrative staff don't see the same perks or earn the same respect as their curatorial/scholarly counterparts. External expertise is overvalued; internal expertise is undervalued. Management lacks trust in employees. Also, resistance to trying new methods of doing things. Too many meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff, rather than always looking for outside expertise, and allow them to work more independently. Promote from within, for both administrative AND curatorial staff. Recognize that good employees won't stay forever without incentives and feeling appreciated, more than thank you's--increased responsibility and promotions (without having to ask for them) are what motivates many people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Excellent place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Mission, interesting work, meaningful contribution

    Cons

    Pay is lower than corporate, cutbacks have had effect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EHS in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - EHS in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits and the ability to network are the greatest aspects of working at the University. The wide range of job opportunities are also a positive.

    Cons

    The main challenge I found in working in the support field was the language barrier. Because the University is diverse, there are so many different languages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide the excellent management trainings

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Review of Major Gifts Development, Yale University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 the organization under its current leadership (accept it).
    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 16 months. Focusing on retention will help save money and boost morale. Retention is major gifts management's biggest challenge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    research scientist at Yale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefit, medical insurance, nice working environment,

    Cons

    low salary, tight working schedule

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I've been working for Yale University for over twenty years.

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

    I worked at Yale University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I've receive promotions. Benefits are superb. The people are awesome, because you are interacting with people from all around the world.

    Cons

    The challenges would be the injuries that occurred at Yale, which could have been prevented, which cause me to have to leave my last position. These injuries occurred because of the errors of others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is the key

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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