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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. "graduate student"

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    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    excellent academic environment, health care, access to wide variety of resources

    Cons

    lack of enough graduate student subsidized housing locally

    Advice to Management

    work on creating more graduate student housing


  2. "Research Assistant"

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    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    really like the university, the department and the students here. Of course it really depends on your advisor but in general this is one of the best universities.

    Cons

    Cons? there is nothing negative! However sometimes it gives too much freedom to you. Also in general, the engineering department is not as strong as the math/physics department here.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing too much to say, this is the best job you can find. Of course I would hope that Princeton would accept more students and researchers to this community.


  3. "Great way to explore a prospective discipline"

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Research Assistant in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming environment. The head of my lab gave me a brief introduction to the work that they did and personally went over the landmark studies of the field with me. Just ask and they're willing to give you a shot.

    Cons

    Unless you're very proactive and willing to ask for more work, it's a bit difficult to integrate yourself into the lab.


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  5. "PhD student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Could be worse. Students generally have good resources, and the school looks after the well-being of the students better than most.

    Cons

    Salary could be better, considering high cost of living area. Work experience depends entirely on your advisor.


  6. "Great experience"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Intern in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. People are super smart. Chill environment

    Cons

    the offices are made of glass so you don't have a lot of privacy


  7. "Perfect place for researchers"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid leaves.

    Cons

    No housing for postdocs. Expensive rent. Not so active neighborhood environment.


  8. "Princeton University Grad Student"

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    Current Employee - Grad Student Researcher in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Grad Student Researcher in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Princeton University full-time

    Pros

    Great resources, intelligent people, beautiful campus

    Cons

    too exclusive at times, bureaucratic and backwards thinking

    Advice to Management

    Allow brilliant minds to shine


  9. "Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Invigorating students and colleagues; great benefits and generous salary; beautiful work environment

    Cons

    Princeton bubble; term limit on non-TT lectureships; boring town to live around.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Monmouth Junction, NJ
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Monmouth Junction, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Princeton is a great place to work, with many, many people having worked there for over 20 years. It an amazing environment with many training opportunities available to the staffers.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that many of the buildings are old, which makes climate control difficult, but not unmanageable.


  11. "Great place for grad school!"

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

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

    Pros

    High level research, lots of seminars in my field. Top professors (even nobel laureates). Relatively good job market outvomes after leaving.

    Cons

    Classes in grad achool weren't that great, very short semester. It would be nice to have more prep for academic/professional job market.


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