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"good facilities, weak and complicated administration"

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Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

There are a lot of facilities available, with new equipment coming online all the time. Co-workers and supervisors are generally world-class, very smart. There really is a lot of interesting stuff going on everywhere. And, though it may not seem so from the inside, you can actually find research that is fairly applied if you want to.

Cons

As a grad student, it is clear that the administration is not set up to help you. Faculty and "students" (ie- undergrads) get most of the attention. Grad students are in sort of a nether realm and sometimes have to fight a bit for basic employee rights.

Other Employee Reviews for Stanford University

  1. "Middle managers beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The campus and the weather is wonderful. There are many activities that are available to the staff and the benefits are very generous. There is always something exciting going on. Once you are in the Stanford organization, changing positions between departments is rather easy.

    Cons

    There is a lot of silly decisions made due to the policial nature of the organization. Since this is a nonprofit organization no one in the administrative side is really accountable for their spending or effectiveness. This probably accounts for the high cost of tuition.

    The HR department is really ineffective. The policies protect the staff and the faculty. Middle managers are always at risk of getting into trouble. The HR people do not do a good enough job of explaining this at orientation.

    Many administrative postions are filled by individuals who are not qualified for their job. They were hired as assistants and just "grew" into the postion. I was surprised by the lack of professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    The hotling needs to be staffed by an outside service. Too many valid complaints are not investigated while invalid complaints are acted upon. This depends on the manager of the unit not a standard process.


  2. "Very good"

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    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's a great university with a nice work environment at a beautiful location.

    Cons

    It's in a fairly small city, so access to non-academic things is limited.

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