Yale University Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits for the young professional (in 26 reviews)

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

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

  • Little room for upward mobility; you do your one job and stick with it (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Top Notch Ivy League Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay package
    Excellent benefits
    Exceptional faculty, students and administrations
    Beautiful campus, galleries, fitness centers, all of which are are mostly accessible to fill time M&P staff

    Cons

    Intensive interview process
    New Haven can be a bit isolated but, NYC and Boston are quick train rides away

    Advice to Management

    It would be great to have a tuition remission program to pursue professions degree such as an MBA etc after 2 years of employment


  2. Great School

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The school is amazing with a beautiful campus. The size of the undergrad enrollment is small, so it offers a smaller class size that allows for better interactions among students and faculties.

    Cons

    The hours for the gym and the dinning hall are somewhat less compare to other universities, where the gyms can sometime open for 24 hours. At Yale, the gym close really early during weekdays and open couple hours during the weekend. The dinning hall closes around 7PM each day. So it is not convenient.

    Advice to Management

    To be honest, it is a well-established university and I do not think much can be done in a short period of time.


  3. Great School of Medicine to do science

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

    I worked at Yale University

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Infra structure,
    Outstanding core facilities,
    Excellent seminars from world renowned scientists,
    Great benefits - I bet you cannot find better place for benefits than this.
    Very good Social life.
    Altogether a great place to experience.

    Cons

    Expensive housing, expensive grocery. Try and register to Yale groups, that will save you some bucks.


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  5. It's exciting to be around so many smart people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    beautiful campus; very smart and talented undergrads, grads, and professional school students; world-renowned faculty; cutting-edge research; amazing resources available to the Yale community and Yale affiliates

    Cons

    low pay compared to industry; administration moves very slowly; campus is safe but the surrounding areas are not very safe so one has to always be on alert, especially when walking home at night; bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    I've met too many people (mostly faculty, some staff) who have too much on their plate, are incredibly overworked, and not doing their jobs very efficiently or effectively because they are so overloaded. It would be helpful to survey what additional support the university can provide (e.g. hiring more people, relieving teaching duties, etc.) and what work can be off-loaded so that these people (myself included) can do their work more effectively.


  6. Okay but have a Plan B

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New Haven, CT

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + Prestige
    + Salary
    + Benefits
    + The paychecks do not bounce
    + Generous time off
    + Culture of hard work, excellence.
    + Good for high achievers

    Cons

    - Can get canned for no reason or justification
    - They love to hide behind "at-will" employment.
    - No real tuition reimbursement plan
    - Little/no job security for staff - a "reorg" or "funding issues" can come up anyday. This happens more than senior management admits.
    - Bosses are too afraid to stand up to higher-ups

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage and obey state law. Just because you are prestigious and rich doesn't mean you can dump all over the staff/employees. No links permitted on Glassdoor.com but look up "Yale" "employee" "lawsuit" on your favorite search engine. Get informed!


  7. Great camp to work at

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Paid lunches and bus rides to a nearby lake, engaging sports and activities with campers, easy-going camp director who has minimal complaints of employees.

    Cons

    Campers are frequently difficult to work with. They often have lacks of respect for counselors and are hard to control.

    Advice to Management

    The camp is run quite well and most campers as well as counselors are happy. Maybe if we went to the fields a little bit less the camp would be better, but that is being nit-picky.


  8. Best move I made

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - IT Manager in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, professional development, great colleagues

    Cons

    New Haven isn't that nice of a city


  9. RA

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great think tank in ISS to be a part of
    great scholars
    good benefits
    good pay
    set my own hours for most part

    Cons

    inconsistency of work hours
    sometimes profs not clear ahout assignent they want achieved
    timelines not always respected
    not cover commute costs

    Advice to Management

    I think that the management could operationalize a bit better; of course it isn't a for profit business and run by scholars so not what they are optimizing for, but still could


  10. Student Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    Excellent pay, generally caring people. Great pay for a student job that requires no experience, and just generally an excellent point on a resume.

    Cons

    Some individuals are very... quirky, and can be very hard to get along with. As a student, there isn't a way to get past this.


  11. Postdoc experience

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

    I have been working at Yale University

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Alright to do a short postdoc but one has to be careful to look out for the nex job and utilize the career improvement programs from the start.

    Cons

    No mentoring provided and difficult work life balance in a funding environment that is very scarce.



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