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Yale University Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
304 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.  

    Low collaboration

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Yale hosts an incredible array of events and training opportunities. You truly get to learn from and interact with global leaders in all kinds of fields. The campus is beautiful and the resources immense.

    Cons

    Many people in my area have very poor work life balance. Although there are many resources, because of cutbacks almost 1000 support positions have disappeared in the last few years and many people are now overworked. Simultaneously, there are many people duplicating work because they fear redundancy. The unwillingness to collaborate results in a very competitive atmosphere, were individuals become territorial and there is an incredible lack of efficiency.

    The atmosphere of competition creates a sense of isolation. This is especially unfortunate because there are enormously talented people at Yale and the potential for innovation in Higher Education is huge, if only people would work together more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because of the emphasis on individual achievement and cost saving, many employees are reluctant to collaborate, for fear of finding themselves with more work or a desire to ensure that they can take credit for their achievements. To foster an atmosphere of collaboration, you must find a way to reward collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great if your boss care about your research

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

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is decent, salary is OK for postdocs, a lot of funding that means you can buy anything you need for your research.

    Cons

    Professors with too much funding and big ego. No team work. Too many projects in which the principal investigator knows little or nothing about. The lab is run as a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Team work is essential. There is not such a thing as a top secret project inside the same research group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Yale

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall, good place to work

    Cons

    If you don't care about your workplace having a culture, work here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Competitive

    Former Employee - Creative Services
    Former Employee - Creative Services

    I worked at Yale University as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very unique stimulating environment world class talents in all departments

    Cons

    Highly competitive co workers and under appreciative employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lets work more together

  6.  

    Student Worker

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful environment to work at.

    Cons

    Weather is terrible. New Haven is iffy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stable, Decent Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant I in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stability, union, health care, 403b, 2 weeks paid vacation each year, 12 sick days, paid between Christmas and new years. They are decently flexible with time. It will always look great on your resume to be hired by Yale.

    Cons

    Job growth difficult. There are not that many opportunities to get a job in Yale that has more pay, responsibility, or degree of meaningful input.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Employee at Yale's Slifka Center

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

    I have been working at Yale University part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Typically Relaxed atmosphere
    Work with students regularly
    Free food at kosher dinning hall
    Payment system works well
    Understanding management

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility; you do your one job and stick with it
    Turnover has happened recently where many long-term employees lost their jobs
    Keep in mind this is for the Hillel on campus ONLY, not the university itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the atmosphere of the center and not just operation costs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Counselor

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University

    Pros

    The summer session office is filled with lovely people. There are great opportunities to improve your leadership skills, people skills, explaining things skills, and all round camp counseling skills.

    Cons

    There are no cons. You may have to deal with some interesting people from interesting countries but that's not a con. Not at all.

  10.  

    Good but future direction uncertain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Faculty in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Faculty in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    In the past, was a good workplace. Union and administration relations were cordial and there hadn't been a major strike in over ten years.

    Cons

    People are being laid off or retired and not replaced. Future direction is uncertain given that much of the union labor force is being outsourced (to centralized food production or to business workpools). Atmosphere is much chillier than in previous years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administration needs to seriously think about the future of the university. Cutting costs is not the way to building excellence. Morale has dropped precipitously in many sectors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Yale School of Nursing - PR Intern

    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Public Relations Intern in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    This was probably the best internship I have ever had. My boss was very flexible with my schedule, everyone was polite, I had my own office, and it was a very nice environment.

    Cons

    I wish that I had the opportunity to work on more projects and really delve into the whole department.

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