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Stanford University Employee Reviews about "cost of living"

Updated Jan 24, 2021

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Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
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Pros
  • "Beautiful campus, intelligent coworkers, culture that encourages professional development(in 219 reviews)

  • "good work life balance; good health insurance(in 169 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The cost of living in California(in 191 reviews)

  • "Living in bay area as a postdoc with dependents can be tough for the postdoc annual salary(in 126 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Excellent place to work! Keeps you young and lots of great benefits

      Jan 24, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Benefits, smart co-workers, working with students, beautiful campus

      Cons

      Cost of living, Can be corporate atmosphere depending on your department, Can be political

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Good place to be a graduate student

      Jan 13, 2021 - Graduate Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      University is very fair if bureaucratic sometimes. Stipends for Grad students are reasonable for area (but not amazing)

      Cons

      Very high cost of living, can be difficult to get off campus.

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great

      Dec 29, 2020 - Development Coordinator in San Jose, CA
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      Pros

      I felt like Stanford cared about me, they had great benefits, there are lots of amenities, they invest in their employees through education, wellness programs, training and building community.

      Cons

      Like ALL bay area employers, pay versus cost of living in the area may not be satisfactory depending on your position.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Generally Positive Grad School Experience

      Jan 16, 2021 - Graduate Student 
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      Pros

      My department paid for my health insurance (various by department) and in general was very supportive.

      Cons

      It's in a very high cost of living area.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good place to work, but shockingly bureaucratic and slow

      Jan 2, 2021 - Deputy Director in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      Good colleagues, interesting work. Good work life balance.

      Cons

      Limited to no opportunities for career growth as a non-academic staff, low salaries relative to cost of living,

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good experience but impossible to make it work long term

      Sep 25, 2020 - Director 
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      Pros

      beautiful campus, renowned faculty, great thinkers and speakers, students are awesome for the most part, many wonderful colleagues

      Cons

      Stanford is decentralized so every department is different, at the business school it's a place for "lifers" and "yes men," change/risk averse, being 35 is "young" here, little diversity on staff, especially at senior levels, brace yourself for frequent microaggressions, the entire faculty senate is white men, low pay for bay area (about half to a third of the market rate for equivalent jobs at any tech company) with middling benefits unless you have kids in college (no fertility benefits, no meals, no WFH set up reimbursements during COVID, pay for parking, etc.), the only folks here long term either have spouses who earn double what they do, or have an outdated cost of living because they bought their house 10+ years ago

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Grad School

      Dec 10, 2020 - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Stanford is a top institute for research training

      Cons

      Grad School pay is below the cost of living in the bay area

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to do research, quite stressful

      Jan 17, 2021 - Research Assistant 
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      Pros

      A lot of smart people to work with. Good resources.

      Cons

      People are quite competitive rather than collaborative. Cost of living is high compared to salary

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Relatively good benefits for postdocs

      Nov 21, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Stanford cares for postdocs more than many other similar institutions

      Cons

      The salary provided still can’t match the cost of living in Bay Area

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    11. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Worth it for the access to resources

      Jan 22, 2021 - Stanford Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Outstanding resources, network is vast, great students

      Cons

      High cost of living makes it impossible to live independently on postdoc salary

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