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Yale University Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
304 Reviews
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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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    Administrative Intern

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norfolk, CT
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Norfolk, CT

    I have been working at Yale University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and nurturing working environment

    Cons

    Not very challenging work (which is understandable)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nice place for research

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Yale has demonstrated her scientific excellence. I am please to be a member. Smart people are everywhere. It is very good in terms of personal growth.

    Cons

    There is very competitive research environment. You have to work off hours. Salary is way too low. People get promoted slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yale should increase salary for post doc. Signling contract annually policy is not a good idea. They should prolong to 3 years.

    Recommends
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    Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intellectually stimulating: the ideas and theories about health systems flowed freely.
    Schedule: spent most of the time in a 9-5 setting, with some very interesting travel.
    Interaction with students: the best and brightest continually inspired our office with their vivaciousness and critical thinking skills.
    Retirement: the 403(b) plan 5% match with a 5% bonus is a very good retirement package.
    Yale: the greater community is great! Lots of wonderful people to meet who possess a diversity of experiences and knowledge bar none.

    Cons

    Directors: The directors of the office where I worked were terrible. It was their way or the highway in terms of considering ideas and the way forward.
    Resistant to change: The group I work mainly duplicated efforts already existing in the private and public sector without much difference. This led to a lack of belief in the mission on my part.
    Favoritism: Directors conspicuously chose favorites, hailing their smallest feats as ground-breaking and actively criticizing the employees who they did not like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Invest in outside training more. Define the employees' roles, and help them train for them.
    2. Respect equal opportunity and nurture ideas by all without reprisal or condemnation.
    3. Less talk, more walk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great People, Great University

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    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - IT Support Specialist in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, excellent overall benefits package (health care coverage, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, etc.). The work/office culture largely depends on the specific department you work in.

    Cons

    Due to tradition and especially the sheer size of the university, the wheels of change (i.e. positive improvements) at Yale can move very slowly. This can be quite frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to flexible work schedules, and especially work from home options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great experience working in a Yale research lab

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University

    Pros

    Great work-life balance at Yale.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything at least for now.

    Approves of CEO
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    sound science faculty

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Yale University (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Science faculty. Innovative ideas taken to the next level. Good place to set yourself up for the next career stage

    Cons

    very competitive, not a great place for colaborations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Loved the work, the pay was terrible

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    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Clinical Social Worker in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Yale University part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were great, matching funds for retirement fund, free entry into all Yale buildings, museums, libraries etc.
    It was very intellectually stimulating and challenging

    Cons

    The pay was terrible, as a woman I was treated differently than men and my salary showed it. You must pay for parking at approx $80/mo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees of either gender equally. Pay maternity for all women.

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    Wonderful Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working here and being a part of this extraordinary university is reason enough. Salaries are decent, but benefits are even better.

    Cons

    New Haven itself is awful overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more work time flexibility.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Research in Biomedical Engineering

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for young new students in research. Cutting edge research with fellow students from the undergraduate community. I learned how to culture cells, use different imaging microscopes, and improved my presenting skills.

    Cons

    Long hours for only experience. Sometimes your food is not secure in the shared fridge space. The office space is a little out of the way of you don't have a car. People are very driven and it is hard to get people to separate from their project and help you with your work if they can help.

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    Where you work defines your experience.

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Having the Yale brand on your resume is a terrific life-long asset. Generally the staff are very helpful. While my day -to-day life often felt isolated, I enjoyed my experiences with various student groups, seminars, etc. Also, the Graduate Career Resource Center is incredible. They invite top consulting firms, host resume workshops, dissertation boot camps, and invite guest speakers from inside and outside academia so you know all your options when you graduate. It's entirely up to you to get out there and make the most of your time at Yale.

    Cons

    As a graduate researcher, my day-to-day life felt very isolating. My once large and thriving lab shrunk considerably in size as people graduated and funding dried up. I found that un-tenured professors are usually very stressed out and can overwork their students. On the flip side, tenured professors are way too laid back and don't move fast enough on publications, grant proposals, etc. Choose your mentor wisely, and be sure to change mentors early on if things look like they're not working out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a rotation program for incoming graduate researchers. Let newcomers experience ~3 labs/mentors before they commit to one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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