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Stanford University Reviews

Updated February 25, 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. "Hard to make it..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good medical benefits, surrounded by smart people

    Cons

    It's hard to make it at Stanford on this salary- the Bay Area is so expensive.


  2. "Best education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Access to everything and the community around

    Cons

    You're always working here otherwise youre sleeping


  3. "Life Science Research Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Life Science Professional III in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Life Science Professional III in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent and talented colleagues. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are low relative to the cost of living.


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  5. "Excellence and Collaboration"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    highest quality science and innovation and willingness to collaborate

    Cons

    high cost of living and difficulty of finding housing

    Advice to Management

    more housing for ALL employees


  6. "Grant Writer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grant Writer
    Current Employee - Grant Writer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Colleagues at level of administrative staff and postdocs and graduate students in the lab are excellent, friendly, appreciative, fun to work with. Benefits are great: free use of gym, career development funds for classes, good vacation and sick leave, free commuter passes, good salary, good health care.

    Cons

    Depends on immediate supervisor; the culture of academia that allows professors and people with higher degrees (MD, PhD, etc.) to treat others disrespectfully or take their work for granted. Not all faculty are like this, of course. Also manager of the admin staff is difficult and has cause qualified people who report to him/her to leave.

    Advice to Management

    do real, valuable, protected 360 evaluations and look for departments where qualified people are all complaining about the same manager. create accountability for principle investigators/faculty if the treat admin and other people without respect.


  7. "Many benefits, and a beautiful place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits--free Caltrain, good medical, wellness program, & tuition reimbursement for yourself and your children.

    Cons

    Pay is not as competitive as other bay area companies.


  8. "Not too bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Environment. Culture. People. Campus. Amenities

    Cons

    Very expensive area to live in. Carrier opportunities in IT are limited

    Advice to Management

    Look into cost of living adjustment and align salaries to local market


  9. "One of the best places to be in the world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Great stipend compared to other PhD programs.
    Opportunity to learn from and work with superstar professors.
    Wonderful campus, lots of affordable housing options.

    Cons

    I can not say anything negative about this place. My experience here has been wonderful, and I would definitely pick Stanford over other famous universities if I had to choose again.


  10. "Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and positive, energetic atmosphere

    Cons

    traffic and parking not the easiest

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  11. "Expensive place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good scientific environment; A lot of money to do the experiments

    Cons

    Area is expensive and University does not provide housing for postdoc.it's impossible to live in the bay area with a postdoc salary!!

    Advice to Management

    provide housing for postdoc.



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