Yale University Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Yale IT Services

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are looking for flexibility and a laid back atmosphere. Now, it's not so laid back that it's like being on vacation, there is work to be done and there are deadlines. However, it's not so corporate as other places. If you need to work from home, come in late, or leave early managers are generally better about it then other places. The healthcare is inexpensive and the vacation time/holidays are pretty good.

    Cons

    The benefits are not as good as they used to be, sometimes certain departments are hard to work with because they have the "old-style" of doing things. You will be paid less then other places, but will have more time for life and family.


  2. Wish I had something better to say..

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in West Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in West Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Health benefits, and alot pto, sick, personal, vacation time, well known respected professional organization. Thought would be job stability but laid off after ten years without notice

    Cons

    No parking, reentry impossible unless you know someone on the inside, HR overloaded with liars, bs artists. Showed no compassion for unemployed, in the end was a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. Just because someone has a list of degrees, doesnt mean theyre experienced in judging and hiring people...useless


  3. Helpful (2)

    It's exciting to be around so many smart people

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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

    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.


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  5. Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and the people are wonderful.

    Cons

    No upward mobility or career path.

    Advice to Management

    Research assistants would benefit from being able to go to either relevant training or departmental retreats.


  6. Graduate Student - Humanities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Doctoral Candidate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Doctoral Candidate in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Access to very smart people, great library system, competitive graduate stipend, flexibility in teaching requirements

    Cons

    Expensive living costs, low turnover/most professors should have been retired long ago, little guidance professionally, large gap in services provided to humanities vs. sciences, no student feedback, poor preparation from school in areas of teaching/administrative service, poor outreach for grad students looking for non-academic careers

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be competitive with amenities offered to other top tier graduate schools, including access to technology, creating more dynamic environments with younger professors/postdocs, help create better community (focus of school seems solely on undergraduates and MBA students).


  7. Great School

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    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.


  8. Great School of Medicine to do science

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  9. A great place for scientific research, but safety is a concern in New Haven

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Yale has a great health care system. It offers a well-rounded scientific community with lots resources and many possibilities for collaborative research. Great reputation.

    Cons

    Not very safe at the high crime rate city of New Haven. A little bureaucracy even in the world of science. Very humid summer.

    Advice to Management

    As a postdoctoral researcher, I am looking forward to more opportunities after the training. Feeling like stuck in the postdoctoral positions for a long time and finding no exits.


  10. Okay but have a Plan B

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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!


  11. Great camp to work at

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Yale University part-time

    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.



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