Yale University Reviews

Updated August 28, 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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    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Director in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits package and pay. Stunning campus and state of the art facilities. Exceptionally talented colleagues and students. International reputation for distinction of the Yale brand

    Cons

    New Haven can be a little rough around the edges, but recent developments offering state of the art housing options and an expanding, vibrant culinary and arts scene are sure to i crews quality of life in the city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. Loved My Intership!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really enjoyed my time working at Yale. Grateful for the opportunity.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about my experience.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Graduate Student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Awesome place to get a PhD.

    Cons

    New Haven is not the safest city.

    Advice to Management

    not much


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  5. Yale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment and small departments.

    Cons

    Location is not the best


  6. Graduate student at Yale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Rotation enable you to be exposed to 3-4 lab experiences in whole Biological sciences department

    Cons

    Average graduation time for PhD ~6y.


  7. Teaching Fellow

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Behind the scene access to the creation of world-class courses. Active engagement with bright student body. A chance to re-learn topics.

    Cons

    Tasks can at times be mundane. Teaching takes time away form research, which is really the graduate student's focus. Students can sometimes quibble over grades.

    Advice to Management

    Lessen the requirement for graduate students already active in their research and offer paid positions sooner in the graduate school path. Make sure other Teaching Fellows are qualified for the position.


  8. Grad Student

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    Former Employee - Grad Student in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Grad Student in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing resources and support. The lifestyle of a graduate student at Yale was amazing. I knew early on that I didn't want to stay in academia but grad school was so much fun that I stuck with my research. There are tons of cultural, professional, social, and educational (not just in your field of study) resources. And the academics (varies by department) of my department were top notch.

    Cons

    New Haven isn't for everyone. It had plenty for me, but it's not a big city and there are a limited number of bars and cafes and such so for the 5-7 years of grad school you will be frequenting the same places.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing really. The revitalization effort of New Haven is a tremendous undertaking but I actually think it's being handled very well. If that continues I think it would do a huge amount to continuing to attract top researchers.


  9. Phenomenal School, Lots of Bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Graduate Student Researcher in New Haven, CT
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cares about undergraduates, provides state of the art facilities (in most cases). Recognized world wide for academic grandeur. Competitive pay for graduate schools which is enough to get by in the surrounding area. Access to great healthcare, though dental and eye is extra. Proficient transportation system, but great police force. Hires locals for many support positions

    Cons

    Seems to care more about bottom line than what is good for departments and students. Yale, although an excellent school, has become populated with managers and assistants that run institutes that are based on the amount of grant money brought in, and not necessarily what a group needs. So although still academic, the University is now designed as a more corporate entity, which focuses on finances, made apparent in the fact that 65% of the grants go to the general fund. The university also will waste copious amounts of money in construction projects where better planning could have saved thousands of dollars (moving the NMRs three times in one year instead of once and each move was $10000 per instrument). The graduate student experience varies in department and lab, but in general, graduate students seem to be undervalued (as is typical with most universities). The medical eye and dental insurance (additional fee) only covers the bare minimum, and in the case of contact wearers, only $104 per year for contact lenses - exam not covered. Also, parking fees for employees/students is ridiculous considering the lots are owned by the University. Facilities staff seem uninterested in job and in doing bare minimum. The floors in the labs are only swept and mopped if requested, which is usually never.

    Advice to Management

    Try to focus on the needs of the graduate students more, not just consider them a large, undeserving workforce. This would be including trying to find another medical eye and dental insurance that covers more procedures and perhaps is more affordable. Moreover, perhaps offer a student parking rate for those students who live outside of New Haven and have no choice but to drive in to get to work. Also, perhaps instate a more regular thorough cleaning of all surfaces in the office areas and laboratory floors.


  10. Flexiable but not stable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    The job time is flexible, and the benefit is great.

    Cons

    Position depends on the NIH grant, which is not stable.


  11. Postgraduate Research Associate

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    Former Employee - Postgraduate Research Associate in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Postgraduate Research Associate in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Access to great lectures, seminars and talks. - Many great mentors and leaders in their field - good for creating relationships for mutual benefit. - External perception of a Yale job is positive and will make you stand out when moving on. - New Haven is a nice little town. - There is no official policy on holidays, work hours etc, which can either work out positively or negatively, based on your PI and your own personal work ethic/discipline/disposition etc.

    Cons

    - This particular position offers little benefits, and low pay - you are not tied to any union or provided extra benefits, such as being a research assistant. This is despite doing pretty much the same job as research assistants, in terms of work load, projects, expectations etc. - There is no formal structure of mentorship - you have to get lucky if there are people in your lab willing to teach you. - PIs can be rather absent, and there is not much accountability, progress management or reporting. - Internal politics of labs have been known to be detrimental to work environment.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire less PRAs, and more RAs. There is a perception that labs hire more PRAs as they are cheaper than RAs, and this is not beneficial for employee morale. It is billed as a training position but there is little in the way of official training programs or advice, for example if you are appplying to PhDs or medical school afterwards.



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