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Stanford University Palo Alto Reviews

Updated March 7, 2017
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  • high cost of living and difficulty of finding housing (in 90 reviews)

  • Work/life balance and competence of leadership varies greatly by department (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "The most enriching, inspiring, and fun experience I've ever had"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Consultant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being surrounded by brilliant people stretches your limits beyond expectations. I was always able to attend seminars held by some of the most interesting entrepreneurs, Nobel laureates, professors, etc.
    I also loved the work environment. One might worry that Stanford is a very competitive place and the environment is toxic but this cannot be further from the truth. My colleagues were extremely collaborative, friendly, and always willing to go out of there way to make me feel welcome. There was almost no competition and it did seem like everyone was simply focused on their tasks. We also had weekly office parties on Fridays in our department where we were able to unwind after a week of work.

    Cons

    The Bay Area is extremely expensive. My salary was ok for other States and although I was aware of the high rent and I did my research prior to moving to California, the effect was still quite shocking. It was a cold shower every time I called a rental agency to ask about an apartment and was given a number around the 5K a month, yes 5K for a 1-bedroom. Stanford housing services weren't particularly responsive or helpful, but maybe that was just my personal experience. Another drawback is parking on campus. It's very tough to find parking on campus in peak hours and I sometimes ended up going around for almost an hour before finding a spot. Biking isn't always an option either because it does rain and it does get cold during winter. I also found Caltrain (the only public transport option) to be utterly ineffective - almost never punctual and runs at random hours.

    Advice to Management

    I'd love for Management to provide additional housing services as well as more housing options for employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Stanford cares about its students, not so much about its staff"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stanford's name has potent value on a resume; the biggest pro to a Stanford job is the leverage you'll have in securing your *next* job. Also, there are on-campus therapists to assist you in surviving your crushing financial burden. Very progressive

    Cons

    Political and cronyistic. Pay is very, very low.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers fairly.


  3. "Software Developer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work when working with individual schools

    Cons

    Job descriptions do not match work assigments


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  5. "stewardship associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    i did not enjoy working here

    Cons

    back stabbling, brown nosing staff

    Advice to Management

    don't change job descriptions


  6. "Postdoc"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent network, engaging community, great benefits, beautiful location, free gym, commute club pays you to commute

    Cons

    Cost of living is very high


  7. "Not too bad"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment. Culture. People. Campus. Amenities

    Cons

    Very expensive area to live in. Carrier opportunities in IT are limited

    Advice to Management

    Look into cost of living adjustment and align salaries to local market


  8. "Good place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    University's academic environment, generally good people and teams, very nice campus and a variety of opportunities make Stanford a good place to work at.

    Cons

    There are many departments that run very inefficiently, and still use some outdated technologies and processes. These can be easily improved but there seems to be a lack of will to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize tools and technologies, work towards better governance and run the non-teaching departments more efficiently. Stanford is a reputed institution on the academic side, and has the capability to be equally good in non-academic offices as well.


  9. "Life Science Research Professional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Life Science Professional III in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Life Science Professional III in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent and talented colleagues. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are low relative to the cost of living.


  10. "Tour Guide -- best job ever for amazing school!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly collaborative and supportive environment, many opportunities to learn on the job and improve people skills and speaking skills.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be difficult to be honest about occasional frustrations with the school as a student while overall wanting to stay positive around visitors.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring guide classes as diverse as the student body.


  11. "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    World class research facilities and opportunities.

    Cons

    Too competitive, Stressful time to time



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