"All the medical training in the world won’t do our new doctors any good if it doesn’t teach them to understand that their patients are complex, multifaceted people." - Dean Lloyd Minor
A leader in the biomedical revolution, Stanford Medicine has a long tradition of leadership in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies.
Our close proximity to the resources of the university — including the Schools of Business, Law, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering, our seamless relationship with our affiliated adult and children’s hospitals, and our ongoing associations with the entrepreneurial endeavors of Silicon Valley, make us uniquely positioned to accelerate the pace at which new knowledge is translated into tangible health benefits.
We are in the middle of a biomedical revolution more profound and far-reaching than the industrial and digital revolutions that made it possible. Over the past two decades, biomedical knowledge has grown exponentially, giving us utterly new insights into how life works.
Our unrivaled atmosphere of interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration has produced many of the innovations that sparked a biomedical revolution: MRIs, gene splicing, and stem cell medicine were all born on the Stanford Medicine campus. Today, that same atmosphere, amplified by the astounding intellectual and technological capital that surrounds us in Silicon Valley, gives us an unprecedented opportunity to advance human health.
United behind the effort of creating knowledge, Stanford staff are part of a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement. They strive toward excellence on the job, through teamwork and individual contributions, knowing that what they do supports significant research and education—and believing in the value of intellectual progress and academic achievement.
In turn, the university strives to help its employees cultivate their talents and realize their aspirations. With an array of programs designed to help staff members move forward in their jobs and careers, Stanford extends its culture of excellence to the entire workforce.
Stanford’s workforce is composed of enthusiastic, lifelong learners—people who value diversity, are committed to the pursuit of research and education, and find motivation in being surrounded by achievement. To cultivate the talents and aspirations of such staff members, the university has developed an array of career programs to help them move forward.
Who wouldn’t want to be part of the winningest Division I program in college sports? Stanford has won the Directors’ Cup, honoring the top overall athletic program in the nation, for 17 consecutive years, and supportive students, faculty, alumni and staff contribute to the success—and share in the excitement.
The Arbuckle Dining Pavilion at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business is but one of many inviting locations on campus to grab a bite and relax with coworkers. With Stanford’s extensive dining options— including the Axe and Palm, Beckman Bistro, Cubberly Café, Fraiche Yogurt, Panda Express, Ray’s Grill, and Stanford Bookstore Café— staff find plenty of variety in both food and atmosphere.
Stanford invests in its employees and is committed to providing for their health and wellness. In addition to ensuring a clean and safe campus environment, the university has developed a range of wellness programs that encourage healthy practices among staff.
Understanding that staff need a balance between work, personal and family lives, Stanford provides access to such services as child-care resources and referrals, parent education and consultation, and elder care and caregiving support. Staff members also enjoy family-oriented benefits that extend educational and recreational opportunities to spouses, domestic partners, and dependent children. For these and other reasons, the Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Stanford in the top five nationally for work-life balance and job satisfaction.
When people think of Stanford, they think of one of the most prestigious academic institutions anywhere—a culture of research and entrepreneurship, where freedom to innovate continually extends the horizon of the possible. What they might not think about is the small city of staff members who contribute to every aspect of this world-changing enterprise. Every member of Stanford’s staff has an important job to do, and each takes pride and finds meaning in being part of an exceptional university.
From health plans to educational assistance programs, from retirement savings to time off, Stanford provides staff members with an array of benefits that increase their financial security, help them develop professionally and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. These benefits combine to equal about one-third of an employee’s base salary. An overview of benefit highlights appears below.
Choose among a variety of medical insurance plans, including coverage for pre- existing conditions, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse. Two medical plans are available at no charge for full-time staff members seeking individual coverage - Kaiser and Stanford Healthcare Alliance.
Select the free Basic plan which covers preventive cleanings and major services, or the Enhanced plan which covers implants and orthodontic services in addition to preventive and major services.
Purchase exam and eyewear coverage through Vision Service Plan.
Obtain free, professional, confidential, short-term counseling and consultation services through Stanford’s Faculty & Staff Help Center (up to 10 free visits per problem for each staff member and eligible dependents).
Set aside before-tax money to pay for certain health care expenses, including deductibles, copayments and dependent daycare expenses.
Receive free basic life insurance coverage in an amount equal to annual salary (up to a $50,000 maximum). Staff members may purchase additional insurance for themselves, spouse or registered domestic partner, and dependent children.
Participate in a broad range of discounted health maintenance and improvement programs, such as yoga, Pilates, cycling and other classes.
Pursue a healthy lifestyle with a health risk assessment, regular health screenings, one-on-one advising, and a selection of workshops, classes and wellness programs with cash incentives.
Retirement Savings Plans
Have pre-tax contributions deducted automatically. This reduces taxable income and creates valuable retirement savings.
Choose from a variety of investment options through the Stanford Contributory Retirement Plan (SCRP). Staff members are immediately vested 100 percent in both their and Stanford’s contributions.
After one year of service, receive from Stanford a total retirement account contribution of up to 10 percent of earnings.
Educational Assistance Programs
Receive assistance with up to four years of undergraduate college tuition (a maximum of $20,625 per year as of 2012-13) for eligible dependent children attending approved colleges and universities. Staff members qualify for this program after completing five years of continuing benefits eligible service.
Receive reimbursement of up to $5,250 per fiscal year for tuition and required books and supplies to pursue a graduate or undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.
Be reimbursed for up to $800 in tuition costs, registration fees and required textbooks for training activity related directly to your job or career development.
Enjoy 11 paid holidays through out the year, including one floating holiday (which can be taken any time during the calendar year, with supervisory approval) available to those already employed on January 1.
Accrue vacation time starting in the first month of regular employment, with the rate of accrual beginning at 10 days per year (for non-exempt employees) and 15 days per year (for exempt employees) and increasing according to years of service to approximately 24 days per year.
Use up to 24 hours of paid time off per calendar year for personal reasons, with supervisory approval.
Accrue eight hours of paid sick leave for each calendar month of pay. Unused sick leave accumulates without limit.
Take time off to care for your infant under a number of leave programs available to eligible new mothers and fathers.
Spend time with friends and family when Stanford shuts down each year.
We recognize that your work at Stanford and the rest of your life aren't separate concepts anymore, and finding a "balance" between the two isn't as simple as the term implies. At the WorkLife Office, we offer support, services and resources to help you navigate the many layers of your life - work, academics, children, family, hobbies and interests - and find the right strategy for you. Through our educational events and helpful resources, the WorkLife office supports you through all of your life stages.
Whether you are expecting your first child or seeking care for your fourth, the WorkLife Office provides resources that will help you manage all aspects of children and family life. Our goal is to partner with you as you navigate this exciting and busy season of life. We offer on-site child care centers, resource and referral support for off campus child care options, and other parenting resources and events.
Caring for an aging relative can be exhausting as well as rewarding. The WorkLife Office wants to ensure you have the resources and support you need to not only care for your loved ones, but yourself as well! We offer free consultations with a geriatric social worker, resource and referral support for caregiving options, and monthly educational events.
The WorkLife Office provides assistance in meeting the financial demands of many of life's most significant events, includes the Child Care Subsidy Grant, the Faculty Child Care Assistance Program, the Junior Faculty Travel Grant, the Adoption Reimbursement Program, Emergency and Back-Up Dependent Care and the Dependent Care Spending Account.
Other Resources and Services
Enjoy the use of athletic facilities for sports and recreation; attend lectures, concerts, athletic events and exhibits; and obtain access to Stanford’s renowned library facilities, along with spouse or domestic partner and eligible dependents.
Stay informed about events and initiatives throughout the broader university community via the online Stanford Report and Stanford for You.
Participate in commuter programs, including free transit on Caltrain and VTA bus, ride-sharing incentives and more. Be part of Stanford’s commitment to a green and sustainable workplace.
I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine full-time (Less than a year)
The research laboratories at Stanford University are extremely well funded and attract the brightest people from across the world.
Work can get competitive at times.
Advice to Management
Keep it the way it is.
I applied in-person. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Stanford School of Medicine (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2016.
Phone Panel interview with three people for 30 minutes. General skills and reason for why I chose this position. Next level in person interview. Half a day. Three one on one interviews lasting 45 minutes to 1 hour. One was on strategy, one was on skills and the other was on interpersonal, and team aptitude.
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