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Stanford School of Medicine Reviews

Updated October 24, 2018
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Pros
  • "It was also possible to achieve work life balance if you want to" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Flexibility, great benefits and HR policy" (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • "high cost of living in the surrounding area" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Stanford School of Medicine cares deeply about maintaining its old boys network and about allowing sexual harassment to continue" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Research assistant at Stanford University"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The research laboratories at Stanford University are extremely well funded and attract the brightest people from across the world.

    Cons

    Work can get competitive at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it the way it is.


  2. "Great postdoc experience"

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

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    nice location, good resources, awesome science

    Cons

    high expense, low pay-rate compared to the other jobs in the location

  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine part-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly coworkers, incredible boss, get promotions.

    Cons

    could not be hired full-time because of funding issues


  4. "It all depends on your PI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford School of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    If you find the right lab, it's a great environment

    Cons

    Had to find a sense of postdoc community


  5. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    You can learn fast with talented people around you.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is too low.


  6. "Prestigious academic institution with expected issues"

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

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine part-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by incredibly talented and bright colleagues; good benefits (retirement matching, tuition benefit, etc.); can be a good match if you have appropriate expectations of academic medicine.

    Cons

    Burnout risk is high, pervasive feelings of being undervalued; low salaries; risk of mediocre leadership on multiple levels (without regular evaluation)


  7. "Great environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, great benefits and HR policy. Team oriented.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, little room to grow

  8. "Ups and downs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Prestige and decent experience obtained

    Cons

    Felt like my team didn’t really care about me

    Advice to Management

    Improve the job description


  9. "Great place, but salary not sufficient to survive in the area"

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    Current Employee - Life Science Research Scientist in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Life Science Research Scientist in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford School of Medicine full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great research opportunities with good resources for collaborations, networking, outstanding seminars by famous scientists, possibility of doing incredibly good science with extremely smart people, nice campus and good benefits, depending on the PI you are getting mentored and encouraged to attend conferences, can advance in your career

    Cons

    individual experience depends very much on your PI - there are many good ones, but also several really bad ones, so beware!
    salary way too low to make ends meet in Bay Area
    not much done to retain mid-level staff, i.e. in terms of upwards mobility, salary increases and such
    annual 3% raises are a joke and barely keep up with cost of living increases, too little when you start out with a low salary
    high work load and stressful environment with lots of pressure
    Putting in 55+hrs per week and still not being able to live off Stanford salary makes me question if I should take a second job.

    Advice to Management

    Just pay your folks a fair salary. Stanford benefits are good, but not outstanding in comparison to local companies. No reason not to pay a living wage. You will have problems finding and retaining good people if this does not change, particularly mid-level staff. There will always be Postdocs who are willing to work day and night for almost no pay, but they will leave after a few years. More permanent staff will be difficult to find and retain given the ample opportunities in the area and Stanford's painfully low salaries.


  10. "Administrative Associate III"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Stanford School of Medicine full-time

    Pros

    Compensation benefits package company reputation

    Cons

    Fragmented departments without strong leadership


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