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Princeton University Reviews

Updated December 4, 2017
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  • Though you are compensated well you do not see cost of living increases or raises regularly but you are expected to increase your work load constantly (in 10 reviews)

  • The school can put more focus on graduate students, encouraging them to pursue better research (in 18 reviews)

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  1. "Graduate Stipend"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    The graduate stipend for the humanities comes in around $27,000 a year with excellent healthcare.

    Cons

    The campus feels isolated, though one can easily take the train to New York.


  2. "PhD candidate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    It is one of the top universities in the world.

    Cons

    It is a little bit too theoretical.

  3. "Great School and Great People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great research environment and great people

    Cons

    Expensive and too quiet for people who prefer more entertainment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Princeton University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is beautiful at any time of the year.

    Cons

    Cliques. Dozens of cliques. If your face doesn't fit, your employment days are numbered.

    Supervisor vendettas. It does not bode well if you clash with your supervisor on even the smallest of details.

    An abject lack of any sense of being “part of a team.”

    A lack of support if you show signs of wanting to transfer to another department where your skills and experience may be valued more highly.

    Supervisors with longevity of service who have no skills in the field they are managing, yet who are in charge of skilled staff who do have those skills.

    A resistance to change: this is Princeton. Don’t come here with your common sense and your logic.

    Human resources staff with no humanity. I know of another colleague who, at their dismissal meeting, witnessed one member of HR staff, someone who had counseled the staffer in question was actually smiling as the staffer was told their employment was terminated, effective immediately.

    Staff reviews that count for nothing if your supervisor changes. At their first staff review, a former colleague scored highly enough to warrant the recommendation and the award of a 5% pay increase. Yet, under their new supervisor just nine months later, the review was rendered null and void.

    PIPs (Personal improvement Plans). If you arouse the ire of a supervisor you find yourself on a PIP: a 90-day plan designed to whip you into shape. Except that's NOT what this process is for. The PIP is designed to point out EVERYTHING you're doing wrong without offering much to help you correct or address your issues.

    Anything you do, any extra hours or additional effort you put in to pull back from the brink, none of it will matter. I went through extra computer training (for which the trainer gave me top marks), I put in 70 hour weeks, I jumped through every hoop and accepted ever put down and said “Thank you, ma’am! May I have another!”

    None of it did any good.

    The PIP is meant to be confidential. But supervisors (many of whom are as vindictive as it’s possible to get) always let something slip, and when that happens, the walls begin closing in and life becomes very, VERY difficult.

    Conversations will suddenly shift gears or subjects when you walk into a room in which your colleagues are chatting.

    Certain people who were once close become strangely distant. Attitudes and perceptions toward you begin subtle shifts. The atmosphere in your office area changes. You’ll begin thinking you’re going mad. Not a bit of it: you’re being shouldered out.

    All of this is designed to wear you down, to force you out, and to get you to quit.

    If you quit, Princeton doesn't have to pay you unemployment benefits.

    If you’re forced into one of these scenarios you MUST NOT QUIT.

    At one of my last meetings with a particularly manipulative and nasty piece of work in HR, it was suggested to me that all the unpleasantness, all the stigma of possibly being let go from Princeton—information, I was told, that would remain on my service record and that might be divulged to a future employer—all of that could go away if I resigned.

    The message was subtle but definite: think how much easier it would be on you, on your family, and on your future career prospects if your record were free of ‘issues’!

    If you appeal against any PIP that sanctions the termination of your employment, the opinions of your former colleagues will be used against you.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. One bullying supervisor I know of had an HR record of harassing her direct reports dating back 15 years! Complaints to HR did nothing.


  5. "research assistant (Ph.D. student)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent academic environment. Working with brilliant people. Beautiful campus and safe neighborhood.

    Cons

    Small and compact research institute. (Could be an advantage as well, depending on the perspective.)


  6. "Overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Good environment with many good scientists.

    Cons

    Low saraly. Initial saraly is important.


  7. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Student in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Student in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    During your years as student here, you will grow as a person and interlectually more than you ever thought possible.
    Awesome career services and alumni network.
    Great career outlook.
    Great food.
    Strong financial aid program.

    Cons

    Sometimes, the workload is overwhelming.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!

  8. "Enjoy your party"

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    Current Employee - Catering Server in Lebanon, NJ
    Current Employee - Catering Server in Lebanon, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I am a hard worker

    Cons

    Nothing its a very good school

    Advice to Management

    Love to communicate with different people


  9. "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have a nice advisor; There are a lot of good restaurants and shops; A lot of academic opportunities.

    Cons

    high living cost; live not very convenient if you do not have a car.


  10. "board operator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    everything is very great for the job right here

    Cons

    none that I am able to think of

    Advice to Management

    nothing really


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