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Updated May 22, 2017
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  1. "I am a graduate student doing research in a lab"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


  3. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of resources and opportunities

    Cons

    Politics and stress, but that will happen anywhere as a grad student


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  5. "Nice place to work, expensive to live in area"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great campus to work on with lots of perks and benefits

    Cons

    Expensive area to live in


  6. "Good Environment"

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

    Pros

    Great Prestige! Relaxed Work Environment

    Cons

    Too laid back, expensive housing


  7. "Amazing Employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Learning opportunities, smart and mission-driven people, beautiful campus, working with students and faculty and big positive changes.

    Cons

    Low compensation comparing to Silicon Vally organizations. Staff sometimes are treated as second-class citizens. Focus on humanities majors as you focus on tech and engineering majors.

    Advice to Management

    Consider staff as equal to faculty. They are the ones who run the university.


  8. "Good work life balance."

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    Current Employee - Business Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Business Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and coworkers. Beautiful place and lots of opportunities for professional development if you seek them out.

    Cons

    Very decentralized. Difficult to get things done. Lots of people who have been there for many years and are resistant to change.

    Advice to Management

    Inspire out of the box thinking


  9. "Research Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, scientific, nice weather, friendly

    Cons

    expensive, too competetive, pushy, sometime sneaky people


  10. "Postdoc"

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality research environment with many world leading groups.

    Cons

    Very expansive and extremely low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay higher salaries.


  11. "Conference Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Great team and leadership.
    Good customer service

    Cons

    Antiquated mechanisms for keeping track of arrivals and departures
    Antiquated keying system

    Advice to Management

    Update computer and keying systems


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