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Stanford University Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Dec 4, 2019

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Stanford University CEO Marc Tessier-Lavigne
Marc Tessier-Lavigne
322 Ratings
Pros
  • "Intellectually stimulating, collaborative environment, beautiful campus(in 202 reviews)

  • "Work life balance has been a very important factor for all(in 154 reviews)

Cons
  • "The cost of living in the surrounding area(in 151 reviews)

  • "Average compensation (especially for the Bay Area)(in 99 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work but low salary"

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    Current Employee - Senior Event Manager in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great benefits make up for lower pay

    Cons

    Low pay, decentralized systems, small Bonuses/raises

    Stanford University2019-07-31
  2. "Great work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great work/life balance Great Benefits

    Cons

    Senior management - Dean of Medicine

    Advice to Management

    “unification”

    Stanford University2019-12-05
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Stanford is pretty great"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits Beautiful campus Fun staff programs and activities Stability, it's hard to get fired from Stanford Pretty good work/life balance

    Cons

    the Staff/Faculty dynamic is pretty horrible - some faculty members pretty much get away with murder and they are not held accountable for their actions Low pay Not many opportunities for growth Stagnate learning environment, not very challenging Very siloed - inconsistent titles, job duties and pay across different departments

    Advice to Management

    Do what you teach, there's a lot of hypocrisy going on and it's pretty disappointing.

    Stanford University2019-11-07
  4. "Great perks. Not enough resources for staff"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Bursar 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Ability to move to different jobs on campus. Excellent work-life balance. Additional compensation for being healthy.

    Cons

    Salaries are typically too low to live near campus. Staff is always lowest on the priority list when it comes to compensation and affordability iniatives

    Advice to Management

    make staff a priority

    Stanford University2019-11-04
  5. "Flexible and Pleasant work environment"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Division Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good opportunities.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher More explicit career paths

    Stanford University2019-11-05
  6. "Great place to work, hard to grow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, beautiful campus, surrounded by amazing co-workers, great work-life balance

    Cons

    Very strict rules concerning growth, hard to move up

    Stanford University2019-09-17
  7. Helpful (3)

    "old-fashioned, conservative, and hierarchical. no room for personality here!"

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    Former Employee - Student Services Coordinator in Stanford, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - pay is pretty good once you've moved up through the ranks - great health insurance options

    Cons

    - managers are too strict, micromanagey, and inflexible. they treat their employees like children that can't be trusted. - raises are minimal - culture and policies are conservative, old-fashioned, and not progressive, as you would expect from a world-class university - no opportunities for personal development or work-life balance - hours are strictly 8-5 with a 1 hour lunch - no flexibility for long-distance... commuters - upper management is dismissive of lower employee's ideas/innovations - bad managers are allowed to continue their reign of terror - HR is not there to protect or help you - they only care about upper management

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    Advice to Management

    trust your employees to do their jobs without micro-managing everyone. and get with the times! work hours should be more flexible and working from home opportunities should be offered. policies are stuck in the past, and definitely not competitive with the rest of silicon valley.

    Stanford University2019-07-12
  8. "High costs of living and low salary"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow 

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time

    Pros

    Excellent environment for learning, Nice location, and weather

    Cons

    Work-life balance Low salary Extremely high housing costs

    Stanford University2019-07-08
  9. "Great Stepping Stone"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Stanford University full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, perks, work-life balance.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to grow professionally.

    Stanford University2019-06-18
  10. "Great depending on department and team"

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    Former Employee - Office Manager 
    Recommends

    I worked at Stanford University full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance. There's opportunities to grow if you have the right mentor and availability in your department.

    Cons

    Limited resources. Sometimes slow pace due to out dated academic procedures.

    Stanford University2019-06-06
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