Yale University Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
281 Reviews
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281 Reviews
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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 8 reviews)


Cons
  • very competitive, not a great place for colaborations (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

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    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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Yale University full-time for 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
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Lab Tech  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University full-time for 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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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Office Assistant  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Office Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits for earlier hires, nice work environment, beautiful campus, high salaries. The co-workers were also great, but it, of course, varies by department.

    Cons

    The benefits were reduced for new hires in the last few years (although still good). I heard complaints about parking although I never ran into this problem since I lived within walking distance to my work. Few advancement opportunities for those at the top of the clerical and technical category.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Yale

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    Great benefits, great support, great location

    Cons

    No development opportinities, low compensation

  7.  

    Amazing opportunities, sufficient pay.

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    Former Employee - Postgraduate Research Associate  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Postgraduate Research Associate in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Yale is the perfect place to start a scientific career. I had access to amazing mentors, and amazing resources: free shuttles, an incredible library, beautiful architecture, a fully outfitted makerspace/engineering lab, the list could go on forever.

    Cons

    It is my understanding that the compensation is less than at many other RA jobs, but then again so is the cost of living here in New Haven. Yale is just perpetuating the trend: pay academics as little as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had to go through a lot of bureaucratic hoops to get funding due to the centralization of the grants department. That made life for everyone difficult and was unnecessary. Yale has effectively infinite money and shouldn't be strangling PIs by micromanaging their resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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