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Princeton University Reviews

Updated April 17, 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 16 reviews)

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  1. "Princeton University Post doc"

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

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Relaxed environment. Small university, but the departments are very well mixed. Lots of interdisciplinary collaboration.

    Cons

    It's in the middle of nowhere. Small town.


  2. "Research Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment; challenging but rewarding

    Cons

    no work life balance and wage is not that good


  3. "Excellent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Very good place to work.

    Cons

    No cons in particular to note.


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  5. "Princeton University Graduate School"

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people who know their science very well

    Cons

    Lots of work. You will have to spend all day and night there.

    Advice to Management

    Should let graduate students know about the level of difficulty of the university.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing health benefits, tuition re-imbursement, vacation/time off is great, really good and above average family leave policy, some positions have a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Some positions do not have a good work-life balance, some offices discourage promotion from within, some positions may not be able to take advantage of the tuition benefits as some positions will not allow enough time to study while working. Be sure to ask about work-life balance and beware of quick turn-around in some offices.

    Advice to Management

    Consider encouraging and developing current employees to be promoted from within, instead of hiring fresh graduates to positions that could be a great fit for a current employee.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Not what I expected"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Wales, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Wales, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most lower level employees are great to work with

    Cons

    No job growth opportunities, upper management is a tight group who is not open for opportunities


  8. "Ph.D. researcher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great place to do scientific study and a nice town with friendly people, students and professors

    Cons

    It is a little bit too purely academic, lack of entrepreneurship spirits to generate fantastic high-tech startups.

    Advice to Management

    Connect a little bit more to industry and market capital and show more summer internship programs to students


  9. "Instructor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    One is surrounded by extremely smart people. Students work really hard.

    Cons

    Difficult to find mentors. Teaching takes a long time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Princeton is a very good place for personal development in the academia but not business or industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The campus is incredibly beautiful. Many distinguished scholars working there and provides an excellent environment for academic research.

    Cons

    No business school. Little guide towards career in the business/industry world. But career service is getting better.

    Advice to Management

    More industry related events


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Postdoctoral at Forrestal"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Princeton has done a great job on integrating postdocs as part of the university staff and faculty.
    Everyone in the staff I met (HR, Housing, etc.) is incredibly friendly and helpful.
    Good resources and benefits (though the town is ridiculously expensive and boring).

    Cons

    If Forrestal campus was on main campus, I would have given this review 4-5 stars. However, once you get to Forrestal campus you lose the "Princeton" feeling completely. Here is why:
    - It is in the middle of no where, and is not accessible except by a car or the terrible head-sickening princeton shuttle that takes 30 mins to get there from Princeton station.
    -There is no cafeteria around to get a sandwich for lunch or a cup of coffee (including GFDL, where having a cup of coffee from the lobby during speakers visit is frowned upon).
    - Buildings are ancient, in miserable conditions with terrible infrastructure and a third-world-like technology, falling apart, and pose serious threat to the students and the staff. (GFDL gas leakage, intolerable background noise, dark parking lot, etc.)
    - You are completely disconnected from, and missing on, great resources and opportunities, and plethora of events happening on main campus (workshops, public talks, theaters, libraries, ...).

    Advice to Management

    Move Forrestal buildings and GFDL to the main campus. Having such a campus is a big shame and stigma on Princeton University. If any Princeton alumni donor saw that campus, they would be ashamed of it. Literally NO ONE is happy working in that pathetic environment.


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