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"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
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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.

Other Employee Reviews for Stanford University

  1. "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.


  2. "Research Assitant"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never required more than 20 hours per week

    Cons

    Sometimes need to juggle between classes/finals

    Advice to Management

    Allow flexible working hours so one can work more before the finals and less during finals

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