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Stanford University Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Good place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - IT Architect in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    University's academic environment, generally good people and teams, very nice campus and a variety of opportunities make Stanford a good place to work at.

    Cons

    There are many departments that run very inefficiently, and still use some outdated technologies and processes. These can be easily improved but there seems to be a lack of will to do it.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize tools and technologies, work towards better governance and run the non-teaching departments more efficiently. Stanford is a reputed institution on the academic side, and has the capability to be equally good in non-academic offices as well.


  2. "grad school"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong community of intelligent and driven people. Many staff committed to making Stanford an excellent place to work.

    Cons

    University does not prioritize or properly invest in students. Endowment is used to hoard wealth rather than give students the support they need to pursue their education.

    Advice to Management

    I would offer heavily subsidized housing, IRA style investment accounts, and affordable dining for students.


  3. "Tour Guide -- best job ever for amazing school!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Tour Guide in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly collaborative and supportive environment, many opportunities to learn on the job and improve people skills and speaking skills.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be difficult to be honest about occasional frustrations with the school as a student while overall wanting to stay positive around visitors.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring guide classes as diverse as the student body.


  4. "Great place to obtain training, a lot of resources and support. High cost of living is detracting."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the resources in human and physical capital are astouding, the school spares no expense with graduate training.

    Cons

    need to be proactive to make progress and the high cost of living in the suburbs make it difficult to want to stay here longer than needed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Clinical Research Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility, average benefits, smart people.

    Cons

    Not very challenging when you hit the ceiling and management cannot promote you or give you new tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved and help employees succeed.


  6. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, progressive people and environment; Good benefits; Opportunities for learning and professional development; BeWell health program;

    Cons

    Low salaries; difficult to be promoted to increase salary

    Advice to Management

    Must figure out a solution to the stagnating salaries and the rising living costs of the Bay Area.


  7. "Research Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to create your own team


  8. "Good Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    World class research facilities and opportunities.

    Cons

    Too competitive, Stressful time to time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "To LBRE, or not to LBRE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Colorful scenery, abundant shuttles to and from campus.

    Cons

    There are many downsides working in this department and this pertains to upper management. LBRE (Land, Buildings & Real Estate) particularly hires people who prefers directing people than rolling up their sleeves to help out when the time is needed. They are completely siloed and are not team players. There's no "I" in team.

    There was one instance where a customer needed help, which was provided, yet they still complained. When management got wind of this, there was no fact finding on what really happened nor what next steps should be. They would rather throw the support personnel under the bus.

    Why would anyone want to work for a place that does this to their employees? This environment doesn't reward you, but gives the opposite effect.

    Advice to Management

    Management seriously needs to be reviewed and over hauled.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoctoral Research Scholar"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    State-of-the-art equipment, highly driven collaborators, beautiful campus, full benefits for employees, great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Highly demanding, poor support for personal problems, minor issues will grow quickly, gossip spreads quickly, poor pay for hours asked to work


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