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Updated June 26, 2017
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  1. "Student Review of Stanford"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Student in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to meet people and learn

    Cons

    Often no thought by professors about the mental health problems that can result from workloads assigned

    Advice to Management

    Educate professors about mental health


  2. "Program Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy of your position, you able to to customize and make your job

    Cons

    Really hard to make jumps with the organization for pay raises

    Advice to Management

    I loved my managers, its just the nature of working for an organization like Stanford

  3. "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, especially if you are a parent paying for your student's tuition. There is a work/life balance that is honored at Stanford. The community at Stanford is willing to help, there is no real competition or market-based product management. There is a real emphasis on honing your soft skills.

    Cons

    Projects are consensus-based, so projects usually take years to complete. It's difficult to project manage others if you are in the age of 20-35 years old; most of your stakeholders are on average 45 years or older. An obstacle to getting work and projects completed on time is that there is a lot of effort that needs to be made in navigating politics, consensus-building, and being tactful in trying to do your job without people feeling like you are telling them what to do. Lastly, there is little room for advancement in your own organization. To grow, you'll need to strategically get higher position levels by joining another organization in Stanford.

    Advice to Management

    Create and enact a strategy for younger employees in the workforce to grow.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Never been happier"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Associate in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    (Administrative, not academic):
    Supportive culture and environment
    Excellent benefits
    Responsive management
    Growth and education opportunities and supports in place

    Cons

    Titular promotions seem difficult to achieve
    Academic bureaucracy slows down some processes
    Some technology systems are very archaic and difficult to work with

    Advice to Management

    More support for career growth such as promotions, etc.


  5. "Research Nurse at CCTO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and learning opportunities. Great doctors to work with who truly care about patients!

    Cons

    - Heavy workload, but not enough resources or support from manager
    - Inexperienced young managers lack expertise to help guide and grow staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff for ideas for effective changes. Think through possible outcomes and consequences before implementing change(s) and think how the changes might affect your coordinator's workflow and moral.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Mid Level Manager"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Manager in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stanford is a world brand and it feeds off the brand for advancement, attracting the brightest of students and faculty and continued funding. Beautiful campus, HIP (health improvement program) opportunities, smart faculty and students, and smart dedicated staff. If you're well balanced, you'll enjoy the superior world class research and academics with the mix of excellence in the arts and athletics, music and engaged activities. The campus is vibrant and an outdoor haven to enjoy. It is a country club setting on a university campus (as expressed by former Provost Etchemendy and the first annual Cardinal Walk). There are so many things to do, if you can find the time in between commuting and your job.

    Cons

    Using the world brand, they are able to hold salaries very low for all those in the middle management / mid line staff to entry staff, because people want to work at Stanford. Extremely low salaries for staff vs. the low end of market value. Cost of living is too high to be afforded by staff to live relatively close by. Parking is too expensive for those that do not have options to commute by train (the train runs from SF to SJ and is the most expensive area to live). If you live far away because of affordability of housing your commute can be upwards of 1 to 2 hours. This is not best for a work life balance.
    Upper management in many departments and schools pay no attention to dedication to end product or volume produced (except keep doing it) when small raises come around, and cronyism and favoritism is rampant. They talk big about collaboration but discount those that administratively do the majority of the work. It it more like an unhealthy competition in so many departments than the collaboration or teamwork model.
    You can admire the university and what it stands for and be unhappy in your job, and any discussions with management fall on deaf ears or place a target on your back. You can enjoy your job and be under the same scrutiny if by chance you talk with coworkers about conditions and it gets back to the executives or faculty.

    Advice to Management

    Take a deeper dive into the happiness factor, but leave upper management, executive management, deans/ direct reports out of the discussions to hear an unfiltered message of how they are treated, especially if they speak out. We have lost valuable people because they did speak out during the last university survey, then they were identified on the back side or 'unmasked' and made miserable in the end. They chose to leave or have been pushed out leaving in fear.
    Raise salaries for the mid to lower level staff so we can afford housing closer so we can have a true work life balance. Parking is so expensive for those that have no choice but to drive.


  7. "Research at Stanford"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research alongside the greatest minds in the field

    Cons

    Researchers are underpaid and under appreciated

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Do not do it!"

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, public transportation is compensated.

    Cons

    Salary is not up to standards for the area we live in. I have been here 6 years now and received only 20 cent raises each year along with a letter basically saying "not everyone gets a bonus so be thankful". Management is a joke. There is zero help and LOTS to do. You will not receive recognition for the hard work and effort you put into your job every day.

    Advice to Management

    The department morale is everything. Learn how to lift your employees instead of putting them down.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Computer Systems Analyst 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst II in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Systems Analyst II in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Autonomy to choose tickets and schedule meetings with clients
    - Not a lot of micro-management

    Cons

    - Expensive food on and off campus
    - Not a very young workforce and culture is very different from corporate companies

    Advice to Management

    - Offer more competitive salaries and/or opportunities to increase compensation


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent research environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


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