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Updated July 21, 2018
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  • "cost of living in area is very high" (in 117 reviews)

  • "Expensive area, poor work/life balance" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Love working with the Students

    Cons

    The schools/business units run independently of one another


  2. "Other than parking...."

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    Current Employee - Staff in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Staff in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I work in one of the schools ( EARTH SCIENCES) which is like working for a small company. Lots of autonomy, flexibility in decision making, a great culture and environment. The people are nice a fun to work with great leadership in our new dean and his staff.

    Cons

    PARKING! As others have said, you pay ($1,100/year) for a permit to look for parking. Also, some of the systems are pretty antiquated for the Silicon Valley.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the parking. Seems like more spots disappear every Week!

  3. "Stanford"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator II in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, great people and work environment. Interesting projects and budget to work with. Management is always improving which makes Stanford great working environment .

    Cons

    there is no free parking and you do have to pay for the permit. Traffic is horrific. It organization is extremely segmented, so if part of your project needs a firewall rule or some other networking need that is covered by some sub department - you better know it in advance and plan for it or add-hack changes will not work and project will fall behind.

    Advice to Management

    Ease inter-networking needs for all IT. And I know that Stanford It leaders are working on the solutions to ease the struggle.


  4. "Excellent Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, amazing people, good location

    Cons

    Not really! This place is great!


  5. "Tour Guide"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    Once of the best jobs I have ever had!

    Cons

    Morning tours can be difficult but still worth it.


  6. "Event Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    lots of benefits. Training opportunities and growth incentives throughout campus. Engaged departmental events for staff appreciation.

    Cons

    constant growth within the campus means constant changes. For some departments at least.


  7. "Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Interesting and fulfilling work
    Smart colleagues
    Great learning opportunities

    Cons

    Research does not pay as well as other fields, but the experience is worth it

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A world of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Director in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great benefits
    -Dozens of career paths across an astounding number of interesting areas

    Cons

    -Slow-moving bureaucracy
    -Org is unable to apply what it teaches students to itself
    -The only people who will ever matter are faculty

    Advice to Management

    -Encourage collaboration across the school and develop communities of practice to encourage sharing of knowledge.
    -Remember that staff exist and we're important to the future of the University. The tightening of the labor market is about to bite Stanford hard...and it is not prepared for it.


  9. "Antiquated"

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

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    There are some perks like free caltrain and opportunities to network with brilliant and accomplished leaders in academia. Great work life balance, once you leave at 5pm you're done for the day.

    Cons

    Low pay and very antiquated. It takes forever to see any changes.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - California(CA) in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - California(CA) in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    Great facilities and benefits for staff

    Cons

    Not much to say on the downside


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