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Updated May 23, 2017
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  • Salaries are low relative to the cost of living (in 91 reviews)

  • Poor work-life balance for researchers (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "CCRC"

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    Current Employee - CCRC in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - CCRC in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Room to Grow, Autonomy, Continuing Education

    Cons

    Expensive to live in the area


  2. "Excellent research environment"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Abundant research sources, nice food, beautiful campus, friendly staff...

    Cons

    cannot extend the postdoc appointment over two years, low salary, busy life


  3. "Best place to work ever"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, beautiful location, excellent workout opportunities right on campus

    Cons

    Parking is can be very expensive.


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  5. "Administrative Associate"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, Access to athletic facilities

    Cons

    Cost of parking as an employee-- nearly $1,000 per year ! Sr departmental leadership has and nurtures her own favorites. They will also never - reclassify your job title - if you start at a basic level and take on many more duties and complex tasks -- they keep your salary at the basic level !! They care of proferroriate and senior leadership - and their few favorites who have been allowed to move outside the area and work and contribute remotely -- full time ?? Yeah right - and the rest are stuck picking up the slack on top of already overloaded work queue!! No room for growth .

    Advice to Management

    Practice (fairness and transparency) what you preach. Nurture those that have shown loyalty - or you will lose good people !


  6. "Great university, under-values staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people, world-class university, lovely campus, lots of perqs

    Cons

    You will actually hear people say "you're lucky we pay you for the privilege to work here."

    Advice to Management

    Senior staff dysfunctional, very focused on their own prestige and power. Environment is not entrepreneurial at all.


  7. "I am a graduate student doing research in a lab"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Self driven work, flexible hours, great location, good work life balance, good for resume, good mentorship, good networking, access to continued education and classes

    Cons

    Low pay, no benefits, experience dependent heavily on labmates and adviser (your mileage may vary), off campus housing options are extremely limited due to high demand and cost

    Advice to Management

    Stanford should stop offering such terrible health insurance to graduate students


  8. "good place for research"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    dynamic, good facility, excellent colleagues, rich funding

    Cons

    high living expenses, high pressure


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    "Clinical Research Coordinator I"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator I in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator I in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and retirement package, beautiful campus/town, great co-workers, ample time off. Would highly recommend working here. Very reasonable lateral/small upward movements if you have the background and experience, coupled with being a good worker.

    Cons

    Salary is definitely on the low end of the area for how qualified you need to be to get the job, and the annual raises are typically 1-3% of your income so the Peninsula quickly outpaces your wages. It's truthfully almost better to re-apply to a different department/division every 2 years so you can bump your title/pay grade because the standard annual raises will never match that.

    Advice to Management

    Reward medium term employees with higher raises that reflect the outrageous prices of the area, something akin to 5% annual raises for excellent employees. It sucks because this as an employer is insanely hard, but you're still in the heart of Silicon Valley and you need to be able to live beyond just a rent check.


  10. "Student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Best School, Smart People, Great oppotunity

    Cons

    There is no cons for Stanford


  11. "Graduate Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Students in my research area are generally collaborative and friendly. Professors are also friendly, but tend to be very busy. The type of work I do allows flexibility in working from home and choosing my own work hours, except for a few meetings/talks that I need to attend on campus during the day.

    The campus is beautiful and well-maintained, and there are many nice places to take a walk while thinking about research or talking to colleagues.

    Great alternative commute benefits for graduate students who live off campus.

    Cons

    PhD research can be very stressful and lack in work-life balance.

    The cost of housing is very high. On campus housing is expensive, and housing in Palo Alto is extremely expensive, even with roommates.

    It seems that buildings are often being demolished and constructed. If construction is next to your work space, it can be distracting.


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