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Stanford University Palo Alto Reviews

Updated June 21, 2017
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  1. "Clinical Research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity, flexible hours from time to time, working with brilliant people, beautiful grounds, company sponsored events

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth are limited, parking far away and need to pay for it, high turnover need to retrain staff often

    Advice to Management

    Create more growth opportunities, options to attend meetings nationwide, ability to work remotely sometimes


  2. "Awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great minds, with lots of ways to learn cool new things

    Cons

    Pay scale is low, but is expected in academic setting, but this will be offset for your job search

    Advice to Management

    Keep going strong

    Stanford University Response

    Aug 8, 2016 – director of employee communications

    Postdoctoral scholars are not considered employees


  3. "Lack of collegiate environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best universities in the country / good postdoctoral office for employees helping defending their rights and career development

    Cons

    Very competitive affecting collegiate environment and promoting sociopathic behavior. Doesn't promoting working in teams and collaboration projects are hard to implement. Mentors are not evaluated for their inefficiency in training their lab members.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate mentors by the success of their lab team members

    Stanford University Response

    Aug 8, 2016 – director of employee communications

    Postdoctoral scholars are not considered employees


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Slow, regularly mediocre development office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Lots of truly exciting and wonderful research is taking place at Stanford. It's always a pleasure to interact with faculty and students who making substantial contributions to their fields. While the pay is far below industry, it is well above what you'd earn at "true" non-profit operation. In development (fundraising), there are many career paths, and with networking and hard work, you can attain promotions over time. There are many working parents and commuters in the office, and as such, management is generally quite understanding about the need for a flexible schedule-- eg adjusted hours, working from home, taking time to go to doctors' appts during the day, etc. That's a rarity that I know many of my coworkers appreciate.

    Cons

    The development office is quite large and slow moving. If you're looking to share and implement new ideas, take on challenging side projects, or simply be promoted, be prepared for at least some measure of disappointment. Stanford development does not pay enough to attract and keep top talent, nor are they particularly welcoming of newcomers. There is a lot of weight placed on "loyalty" and years of service, which means usually the mediocre talent sticks around, while the best talent goes elsewhere. There are, of course, exceptions. For better or for worse, Stanford seems to have a difficult time terminating employees who are clearly below average, while also struggling to adequately promote or reward employees who are clearly far above average, outstanding.

    Advice to Management

    Re evaluate your priorities.


  5. "If you want stability..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits including vacation and retirement contributions.
    In general, Stanford is very conservative and many employees stay for their entire careers.

    Cons

    Our department had three directors in six years and none of them tried to get to know us.
    You earn ample vacation hours at Stanford, but you are required to use a large chunk of it when the university has a mandatory shut down in December.

    Advice to Management

    Train and promote people from within instead of always hiring from the outside.


  6. "Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great learning environment and lots of available courses

    Cons

    Maybe only related to my former lab, but there was a lack of collaboration work and lack of cohesion in the group


  7. "Postdoc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Top research environment. Good Benefit.

    Cons

    Low salary as in the Palo Alto area, not possible to raise whole family here as a postdoc.

    Advice to Management

    No


  8. "IT Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great support and upward mobility, outstanding benefits, generous leave upon hire. Stanford stands behind the work life balance as well it's not just words on a website. All my managers were very supportive of continuing education. Biggest benefit was health coverage and winter school closure.

    Cons

    Living in the bay area, dealing with the commute time, traffic and semi predictable Cal-Train. Also the cost of living in the area is not on par with the rest of the US.


  9. "Great weather, good school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting people, interesting culture, good research.

    Cons

    Competition for funding can be a bit tricky.

    Advice to Management

    Bureaucracy is becoming pretty bloated these days. Tap the brakes.


  10. "Nice place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Basic Life Science Research Associate in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Nice benefit, good community, nice people

    Cons

    Salary is not very competitive.


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