Yale University Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
274 Reviews
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274 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Student Worker  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Student Worker in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay is solid relative to work/life balance, opportunity to take classes, great culture of energy and intellectual stimulation

    Cons

    Opportunities to become senior management are limited but mobility is good elsewhere. New Haven is a small city though has most of what you need

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Chill in the good and bad sense

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    Former Employee - Office of Sustainability Student Worker  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Office of Sustainability Student Worker in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    You are allowed to bill for the silliest things, work is generally fun, lots of outdoors time, cool team structure. Yale has a lot of resources and will give you access to them if you have an moderately difficult to implement but risk-free proposal for how to raise awareness or encourage recycling or whatever.

    Cons

    Little work gets done, bureaucracy crushes most attempts at real innovation, students managing students generally doesn't work, no opportunity for advancement or real quotable experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assign clearer tasks and more rigorously oversee what we are doing. Choose fewer people and have them work more hours so they feel more invested and so that your reduce frictions of having more people that do less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I had a good experience working for Yale as a student employee--lots of flexibility, and friendly people overall.

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    Current Employee - Student Research Assistant (Linguistics)  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Student Research Assistant (Linguistics) in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very flexible in terms of hours, scheduling, and project selection.

    Cons

    Very self-motivated, requires lots of organization and persistence. Assistance comes only if requested.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good place to start academic career

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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

    good environment, good colleagues, good infrastructure.

    Cons

    not every PI is supportive. Depends on your lucky.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Associate Research Scientist: Interesting work and great benefits

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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 part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I think the benefits (retirement plans, health care, etc.) are excellent. I pay only $20/mo for health care for my family and myself. Yale has very good matching for their 403b retirement plan - take advantage of it - it's free money! When I had children I was given what I considered sufficient time off work. I also enjoy my work, it's interesting. And I work with excellent, intelligent people. There's always something happening at Yale (talks, music, theater) and lots of good eating places nearby.

    Cons

    I can't think of any. I really love working at Yale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always encourage learning opportunities to train your staff whenever possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best Phd Program if you are not going to academia

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    high paid phd program, quality living, high paid Teaching Assistant work

    Cons

    stipend from individual lab not from department or school after first year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Campus Job

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    Former Employee - Media Intern  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Media Intern in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great flexibility with classes / evening schedules.

    Cons

    I don't think there was any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Employee turnover continues to increase

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    Current Employee - Administrative  in  New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good (but over recent years, they have started cutting benefits... so soon this may not be a pro).

    Cons

    They could care less about loyalty and retention of employees. Top heavy with management. Too much like a corporation (without the high pay of a corporation).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to pay more attention to thier "inferiors" (everyone that works below them) feedback about the work environment, etc. And respect their opinions (it could make a serious positive difference in this place)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Growth, responsibility +

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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

    There are many positives: there is a lot of opportunity for growth, a real collaborative culture, decent pay, and all of the perks of being part of a university community

    Cons

    None that I can think of. If you're working on the support side of things, staff/students can be a little over-the-top, though this is to be expected wherever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Administrative Intern

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Norfolk, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norfolk, CT

    I have been working at Yale University as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly and nurturing working environment

    Cons

    Not very challenging work (which is understandable)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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