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Stanford University Palo Alto Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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  1. "Administrator"

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    Current Employee - Division Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Division Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, no micro management, great benefits, opportunities to grow, recognized for high education & great work, great co-workers & faculty, allowed to work out during lunch, lots of opportunities for free food.

    Cons

    pay is not enough, negotiations is hard, you can grow within the company but takes a few years along with higher income, can be a lot of work at times, turn over rates are average but affects workload,

    Advice to Management

    More involved, better in reducing drama and making people feel left out, more support in helping staff grow and reach their potential, offer more opportunities for raise, should get more involved when staff have drama with one another


  2. "Business Analyst 3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    good work life balance, lots of time off

    Cons

    low salary, inefficient organization, lots of waste and people that have been in the same job for 30 years. A lot of dead wood in organizations

  3. "Research and educational opportunities at Stanford"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stanford is quite unique in providing opportunities, and stimulating interdisciplinary collaboration and interaction. There are great opportunities in continuing studies, professional growth and physical fitness.

    Cons

    Limited and expensive housing near Stanford University


  4. "Legal assistant"

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    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Legal Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great nurturing academic atmosphere; allows you to reach full potential in research.

    Cons

    You need to balance the load with your studies. Choose professor carefully.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stanford University Medical School Management"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If one has a good manager, Stanford is a very pleasant place to work and a person can feel as if they are really making a difference.

    Cons

    If one has an abusive, manager who gossips about their employees and who is mentally abusive, Stanford is a miserable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    There are some managers who take pleasure in tormenting people and gossiping about them. These managers are usually on a power trip. I would advise these managers to be kind to the employees who work hard and not keep dumping on them to the point they are burned out. Also, to treat all employees the same under the same circumstances.


  6. "SHC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The mission is inspiring and work is fulfilling. People and colleagues are wonderful and mostly collaborative and collegial. The campus is beautiful and history of the organization is rich.

    Cons

    As in most large size organizations, the politics and bureaucracy can be tiresome at times. Also, compared to some start ups in Silicon Valley, the business systems can be somewhat behind in times.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and fringe benefits were great. I learned a lot (personally and professionally). Small department with a great platform to interact with many professors and staff from the hospital. Pretty defined structure in the role and overall at Stanford.

    Cons

    The number #1 reason for my departure was the toxic enviornment from my colleagues. Personally, I think some are were big time conservative and didn't like anyone outside the caucasian box. The morale was pretty low, high turnover during my tenure and the environment was tired and over worked. Also working with other staff members was cumbersome and daunting as their requests would sometimes obligate you to stop what you were doing just to assist them at that moment or they would escalate to the Director. The scope of the job should've realistically been spread over twice as many associates, but the department was poorly funded even though the department was a critical piece of the university.

  8. "Stanford is a blessed place!"

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    Current Intern - Clinical Trials in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Clinical Trials in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Stanford University as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work among very smart people! Feel the blessing!

    Cons

    There are no cons in this institution. Only blessings!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Fear the tree!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work for FSH Housing"

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    Current Employee - Asset Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Asset Management in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great experience, but not ideal for a long-term position. Free pastries every Wednesday.

    Cons

    Not allowed to ask simple questions, daily politics problems, "employees come and go all the day" (as often as every month).

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees ask questions--be open to ideas and management.... More importantly, TRAIN the newly hired.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great community, relatively low pay for SV"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stanford is a great place to work mostly because of all the perks of being a member of such a large research community. Lots of interesting events and speakers, etc. They do offer lots of time off (13.33hrs/mo after your first year) along with three use/lose days per year, and I think another floating day, and the university shuts down for 2 weeks in December. The retirement matching program is great, begins at 5% matching and goes up to 15%. Pretty flexible and casual work environment.

    Cons

    The little perks are needed because they don't pay staff a salary that is sufficient for Silicon Valley. Staff can do the same work at any other SV company and make significantly more. Faculty and student needs are given significant weight, while staff is usually not given much. It makes sense to put faculty and students first, but not giving staff sufficient pay leads to bad administrative support for those students and faculty. Good staff leave for greener pastures outside.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a more serious discussion about recruiting and retaining top talent in staff. If talent does come to Stanford staff, it leaves quickly for better jobs (and to get away from the "Stanford Way.")


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