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Updated Sep 21, 2021

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4.3
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Stanford School of Medicine Dean  Lloyd Minor
Lloyd Minor
71 Ratings
Pros
  • "great benefits, care about professional/personal growths(in 29 reviews)

  • "Good pay for academia, positive work environment(in 21 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Stanford likes to hire people internally(in 32 reviews)

  • "Cost of living in the area is really starting to get out of control(in 24 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Sep 21, 2021 - Administrative Associate III in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Amazing university with world class facilities, endless opportunities, and good benefits.

      Cons

      Pay is likely lower than most other jobs with the same title.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Needs better leadership and employee advocacy

      May 13, 2021 - Communications Manager 
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      Pros

      An intellectually stimulating environment with nice perks, such as inspirational lectures and the most beautiful campus in the country.

      Cons

      The med school leadership is increasingly insular and self absorbed with their own petty political battles. As a communicator, it's really hard to amplify the leaders' vision and messages if you don't have a seat at the table. It often feels as if the staff are powerless serfs in an episode of Game of Thrones. The communications staff are grossly underpaid compared to commercial entities on the other side of El Camino Real, and the management's attitude is that you should be thankful you can walk the halls with we demigods. I had an issue with a boss who was a pathological liar and frequently violated employment law, but HR and the Med School ombudsman wouldn't do anything. The ombudsman said, "I've been contacted by others in your group, but I can't help you. It's a leadership issue." Also there is no systemic way to plot out a path for career growth. In general, if you do a good job and don't cause trouble, you manager will want you stay in that position forever. There was often punishment by your ex director if you moved to another group. I witnessed one employee who moved out from under an abusive boss to a group that gave her more chances for career growth. The former director invited her to the holiday party, and harassed her at the party for leaving, and she ran out of the party sobbing.

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    3. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Overall experience is great!

      Sep 16, 2021 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Very talent people around, cutting-edge technology development and application, nice environment.

      Cons

      Difficult to maintain work/life balance

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    4. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Great for career building but just okay salary

      Sep 21, 2021 - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Offers a competitive salary "compared to" other academic labs. If your purpose is to build a career, it's a great place.

      Cons

      However, the salary doesn't meet an industry level. So, if your goal isn't about career building for your resume or graduate schools, I would reconsider, especially considering the amount of work as a research assistant.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great institution to work for.

      Sep 13, 2021 - Life Sciences Research Professional in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Great facilities and benefits, and you’re working with some of the brightest people in your field.

      Cons

      Long and unpredictable work hours.

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Academic environment

      Sep 14, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Academic environment with great science. Flexibility

      Cons

      Compensation not competitive with industry in the area.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee

      great academics

      Sep 6, 2021 - Vice President in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Top notch well respected institution

      Cons

      Highly competitive like other academic settings

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good

      Sep 20, 2021 - Basic Life Research Scientist in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Nice environment for research and community

      Cons

      low salary compared to industry in the bay area

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    9. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Stellar Work Environment

      Aug 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Intellectually curious colleagues, respectful environment. Very well resourced. Opportunities for professional development are abundant, too.

      Cons

      Some of the departments are siloed, which diminish opportunities for collaboration. This even occurs when folks within the dept are eager to collaborate but the culture mitigates formally doing so.

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Interesting

      Sep 18, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      Higher salary than most institutes

      Cons

      High cost of living area

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