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Updated February 19, 2017
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  • high cost of living and difficulty of finding housing (in 89 reviews)

  • Lack of work/life balance - leadership has good intentions but fails to connection intention to practice (in 28 reviews)

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  1. "Rewarding place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Current Employee - Software Developer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Physical environment (campus), interesting and challenging and meaningful work, matching retirement plan, tuition grant program, commute support i.e. cal train pass etc, vacation time off

    Cons

    Lousy health insurance especially with special needs family, below market salaries, pay for parking is expensive,

    Advice to Management

    Improve the quality of health insurance for special needs families and make salaries more competitive


  2. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    The job pays for my education. I get to work with students who are excited about EE.

    Cons

    The role and commitment is unclear. The job varies weekly and daily.

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear with expectations


  3. "Reasonable graduate student stipend"

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

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Nice weather, smart people, interesting research, learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Expensive living cost, especially rent.


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  5. "World Class Research Institution"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant/Associate in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge research collaborations in an idyllic setting.
    Working alongside thought leaders and industry experts supports innovation.

    Cons

    Researcher compensation at the university is not commensurate with the surrounding industry in a number of fields. There is a lot of variability in the work depending on the lifespan of a project and the project leaders.


  6. "Decentralized place; if interviewing, interview your supervisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    It's difficult to review Stanford as an monolithic whole. Colleagues in different "schools", even in the next building over from each other, have a chance to have radically different Stanford experiences. Your personal chain-of-command, and especially your immediate supervisor will determine your experience.

    That said, Stanford-wide pros:

    Without a doubt, the best part of working for Stanford is the beyond-generous benefits package, which kicks in after a year and quickly escalates the next four years. Take full advantage of it.

    The second best benefit is the Stanford affiliation opens key doors at professional conferences.

    Cons

    Stanford-wide cons:

    Stanford has a nasty tendency to mislead with its internal marketing. They talk a good game about career improvement, climbing the ladder, and staying on the Farm for your entire career. Except there's no mechanism on the administrative/supervisor side to promote talent. None.

    On a mundane level, Stanford is literally its own town, and there's definitely a feeling of isolation and being trapped on campus during office hours.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the number of limited-term appointments. We lose lots of great people over those.


  7. "Student Assistant, Global Studies Office"

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    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Student Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, commuter benefits

    Cons

    Little opportunity for upward mobility; but as a student assistant, you can't find a better, more flexible position.


  8. "Nice place to work but..."

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Competitive and not much opportunity for growth


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, access to all the campus facilities

    Cons

    Your career almost stop growing. A lot of people settling down.


  10. "Great place to be a grad student"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    personal development activities, networking with industry and academic professionals, great classmates, good RA salary compared to other universities, even in Bay Area

    Cons

    poor support for funding in case anything happens to your grants, etc.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a backup plan in case a student's funding goes away for something beyond his/her control


  11. "Great place for temporary postdoc peroid"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent collaborative environment for academics

    Cons

    Expensive housing costs in the Bay area



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