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Stanford University Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 2, 2021

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Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne
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620 Ratings
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
      Current Employee

      Great benefits, great community

      Dec 10, 2020 - Student Services Officer 
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      Pros

      good medical benefits, good work life balance

      Cons

      lower pay but good benefits to make up for it

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    2. 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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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Beware of Bad Management!

      Oct 12, 2020 - Clinical Research Coordinator Associate in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      Great benefits (including health, dental, vision, commuter, education), beautiful campus, always pioneering new treatments, feeling of making a difference

      Cons

      Career opportunities -I was promised a promotion to CRC2 for two years in a row that never came. Compensation & benefits -I was always scared to leave Stanford because the benefits are so good. These are the golden handcuffs, but glad I was able to break free. Culture & Values -People are always severely minding their own business, no sense of community, new buildings are always being constructed but you work in the darkest & dustiest corners of the oldest buildings packed in like sardines, serious lack of organization in many departments, principal investigators take on more than they can chew, managers are consistently domineering yet unknowledgeable, feeling that you are far inferior to the doctors you work with and you should never question them. I used to work at a company with an open door policy and talking to the PI was never discouraged like it is at Stanford. Diversity & Inclusion -The one shining spot of Stanford, but every company in the Bay Area is good at this. Management -I was fortunate to have friends in other departments, and was surprised that objectively bad people were consistently put in management positions in multiple departments. People with a lack of interpersonal skills, lack of basic computer skills, lack of accountability, with a healthy dose of righteousness. Work/Life Balance -Stanford does offer programs like the "Be Well" program to encourage mindfulness, healthy eating, and exercise. However, if you don't have a manager who believes in these things, you will rarely take advantage of this program and other programs like it.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      need second thoughts

      Nov 8, 2020 - Postdoctoral Scholar in Palo Alto, CA
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      Pros

      good work life balance; good health insurance

      Cons

      not sure about my career; not eough pay

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    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      A Great Place to Work

      Oct 19, 2020 - Academic Affairs Specialist in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      Work-life balance, supportive culture, polite culture

      Cons

      Lower than industry standard salaries

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great Mentorship and Work Life Balance

      Aug 10, 2020 - Project Coordinator in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Work life balance and beautiful campus

      Cons

      Frowns upon remote working, but still available

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee

      I have worked in Stanford for more than NaN years

      Dec 21, 2020 - Research Scientist 
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      Pros

      There is great work life balance

      Cons

      Salary is too low for research scientists

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Cool

      Dec 17, 2020 - Data Scientist in Hart, TX
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      Pros

      Work life balance is there but full of work

      Cons

      Not really. Writing for the sake of it.

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Poor treatment of junior researchers

      Oct 14, 2020 - Research Assistant in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      You get to work with some of the best and brightest in STEM. You may be able to learn a lot and you may find upward career mobility if you network with the right people during your time here.

      Cons

      Junior researchers are undervalued and overworked. There is no respect for work-life balance because your job is always explicitly or implicitly on the line regardless of past performance.

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    11. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Research

      Aug 5, 2020 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Great place for research, motivated people to work with.

      Cons

      No work life balance, but that's true about any postdoc position

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