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Updated February 21, 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. "Never worked before"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Stanford, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn skills

    Cons

    This region used to have severe drought?


  2. "Great research intern programs"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - REU Intern in Stanford, CA
    Former Intern - REU Intern in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University as an intern

    Pros

    Flexible hours.
    Lots of support from PhD students and professors.
    Support from REU program staff.
    Community with other interns.

    Cons

    Professor sets the tone of your research


  3. "Residential & Dining Enterprises"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student Supervisor-Housing Front Desks in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Student Supervisor-Housing Front Desks in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility in hours, worked with my schedule as a student.
    Working at the Front Desk was quiet most of the time, got to do homework and watch Netflix
    Paid well for relatively straightforward work

    Cons

    Some of the Front Desk Supervisors are obviously phoning their jobs in. But a lot of housing staff is made up of former student staff, so I guess it's sort of easy to see the job as a write-off
    Kind of confusing chain of command, especially if you stay on into the school year after working for the summer, or vice versa

    Advice to Management

    Make chain of command more apparent, hire FDS that care about their job and don't call in just because they have a student who can cover for them


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  5. "Research Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    As a PhD research assistant, I have pretty flexible work time. Great pay rate comparing most of other universities.

    Cons

    Need to work during the weekends. Depending on different advisors, workload can be heavy especially taking classes the same time.


  6. "Good place to do research"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The University is the top research university in the world. You can learn a lot from your college.

    Cons

    The living cost is very high at Stanford.


  7. "Manager on Duty"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager On Duty in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Manager On Duty in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University part-time

    Pros

    *Great environment
    *Great community
    *Access to the facility
    *Networking

    Cons

    *Not a lot of full time positions
    *Too many emails

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings


  8. "Great University to study"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    nice weather, great atmosphere, close to SV, collaborative environment

    Cons

    not really, I enjoyed SU a lot. can't think of any bad sides, campus too big?


  9. "Not a bad way to spend a PhD"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - PhD Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly comfortable stipend, plentiful free food, very nice facilities. There is a pretty good support system for graduate students in terms of activities, organizations, department seminars etc

    Cons

    Being a PhD student is difficult everywhere, and the environment can be pretty cutthroat depending on which lab you are in.


  10. "Fellowship"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent community, environment, benefits, and pretty much everything else.

    Cons

    Parking on campus is the only con!

    Advice to Management

    Wonderful opportunity


  11. "Be aware that earning phd is primarily about learning the craft of research. It is not primarily about school."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guidance from the top researchers in my area had been invaluable to my debrief as a researcher.

    Cons

    Stanford and the surrounding area have few work-life barriers. The cost of living in this area is also extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    There are few checks on the behavior of tenured faculty. While this preserves academic freedom, it also allows some very unproductive management styles to develop. Design in ways to curb bad management styles without hampering academic freedom.



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