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Yale University Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
336 Reviews
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336 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.  

    good 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The best things about this school are the professors and the rich resources available. The professors are brilliant, and often at the top of their fields. For humanities majors in particular, the libraries have just about anything you might need, and more. I would go again, and I would certainly hire students from there.

    Cons

    Beautiful school until you get one block off campus. The jokes about New Haven are real and sad because the urban decay is so real

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It has been a great paying job, however like most places there are individuals that do not carry their load.

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pay is great for the work that you do. People that you meet there are very diverse and they are very welcoming into the Yale family.

    Cons

    It is union so getting a promotion is not based upon how hard you work but how much seniority you have which is quite annoying. Also, they try to cut your hours out for a break even if you do not take one to save a couple bucks. Hours vary and depend on the contracts that Yale receives from their vendors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems as though some people are on the same page but others do not really have a clue which creates confusion for the workers below them when one person says do one think and one says do another. Training opportunities for all workers could possibly open up more than one job opportunity within the university.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Steadily improving resources for graduate students

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

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    - Stipend is pretty competitive and makes most places to live affordable in New Haven
    - New Graduate Career Services merger with Undergraduate Career Services has opened up literally thousands of new doors for employer searches
    - Broader Yale community open to lateral movements from science to business to teaching

    Cons

    - New Haven as a function of being a smaller city just cannot compete with neighboring NYC and Boston
    - Typical graduate school experience of being at the whims of advisors. Committee system only applicable to some degrees and sometimes the committees are packed with people favorable only to advisors; not the best interest of students. But Yale should not strive for a middle of the pack graduate student experience; it should aim much higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Career services alone has provided tremendous resources, but adoption by senior faculty members is critical. Faculty advisors should be prodded by the administration to be more accepting and supportive of career paths outside of academia. Select faculty members do a great job at this, but its far from universal now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Student job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    High minimum wage and fun jobs.

    Cons

    A job that is in a bubble.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Great School

    • 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

    Pros

    Good place to conduct biomedical research. The benefits like health care are good. Culture is great

    Cons

    Pay for junior staff is low and not too much to complain about given the status of funding right now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    World leading facilities and personnel

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent people working on the world's toughest and most important problems

    Cons

    End results are oftentimes much more important than any individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the mental health and well-being of graduate students and professional contractors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    World Class Benefits - But Salary Squeezing

    • 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

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements, access to inexpensive world-class health care, exceptional 401 benefits and plans, an environment surrounded by a vital city, with accessible arts, theaters, restaurants, museums and night life.

    Cons

    Salaries are very constrained in ranges for everyone with the exception of the highest levels of administration, faculty, and researchers. Administrative staffing areas and budgets are always the first to be cut, which means means less funding for salaries. There are times when raises are given, non-base building to help the University budget but hurt the staff. The HR evaluation process continues to use forced ranking, which is discouraging to innovation and morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide COLA increases yearly at minimum. Update the yearly evaluation system and removed forced ranking over a bell curve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    PostDoc Training in Biological Sciences at Yale University

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Great environment to learn and grow as a scientist. Great networking events organized by different groups, very helpful for career planning and finding jobs after postdoc. Graduate school student run career interest groups are very open to accepting postdocs as integral part of the group. You will get a chance to meet and have lunch with nobel laureates, attend the best lectures and will have access to learn (as a non credit course) any subject you would like. Plenty of social activities campus wide which are also accessible to postdocs.

    Cons

    Very long hours of work and competitive environment. Most PIs would not publish in a small impact factor journal. Lack of mentorship for alternate careers in science.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policies around salary grades for postdocs needs to change. They do not immediately apply the NIH scale, the new scale is always applied a year later. They do not let PIs pay bonus's to postdocs who bring fellowship or research money to the lab. They also do not give freedom to PIs to pay their postdoc based on the skill set or productivity. It is a very primitive system and needs to change. This is a problem in multiple US institutions and Yale can be a trend setter by bringing a change to it. The management also needs to organize recruitment events for postdocs.

  10.  

    From a student point of view

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    The snow in new haven!

    Cons

    Everything, its an absolutely wonderful place. Great people. The city is cute and liveable. Access it provides is tremendous. You can take as much from it as you want to

  11.  

    great place to work

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    resources, management, great healthcare benefits

    Cons

    New Haven is not the nicest city

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay postdocs more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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