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Yale University Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • There's however room for improvement in several areas including work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • It is a great place for people who want to emerge themselves in science (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Pure Academia"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and flexibility with hours. If you love academia, this is the place

    Cons

    Unexpected nights and weekends are frequent


  2. "postdoc in applied physics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get all the resources to do your research. A lot of funding involved; lots of networking event and courses to meet people and develop a career. Great supporting offices (international students, career development). Aim at groups with startups and patents rather than number of publications.

    Cons

    Too much funding. PIs are focused on getting more and more and boost their ego instead of efficiently route their resources (so many projects started and never carried on). Very little collaboration with other groups so they don't share the success. The groups with a different modus operandi get their things done and have startups and patents in their portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real and less "ivi league" looking. Give feedback to your PhD students (!!); they are there to learn.


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    "You must take the good with the bad"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues across many disciplines. Few students, but they are generally excellent. Extremely rich endowment allows Yale to do things that other school could only dream of. Gorgeous campus.

    Cons

    High pressure, opaque tenure system. Still downplaying and sweeping their past misogyny and racism under the rug. Risk-averse, highly bureaucratic, money grubbing culture.


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  5. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst III in Westbrook, CT
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst III in Westbrook, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits, although decreased over recent years, are some of the best in the area.

    Cons

    It is a very large and complex business that can be challenging to navigate.


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    "Friendly People, Byzantine Management"

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    Former Contractor - Library Services Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Former Contractor - Library Services Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Yale University as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers. Generous sick days and holidays.

    Cons

    Little or no sense of humor in students and faculty. The University has such an "all about Yale" view of the world, that it fails to keep up with innovative technologies to make the Yale Corporation compete with other large and prestigious universities in the 21st century,

    Advice to Management

    Management and Management Training needs to work more on teaching managers how to work on a team, or at least expose managers to the latest successful management strategies.


  7. "Genetics Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great research, amazing genomic sequencing center. The stipend is easily top 5% in the country especially after adjustment for cost of living. Community of graduate students is good and highly supportive, lots of extra opportunities for career development on campus if you're proactive and look for them.

    Cons

    Mostly due to the fact that academia has been slow to adjust to a new job environment, the advising from faculty on nonacademic job avenues is poor, and the career services are limited to nonexistent. There are some great student led career based training for consulting which place a number of students every year. Dental/Vision could be better, but over all the healthcare is pretty good for graduate programs.

    Advice to Management

    Be more receptive to changing job market and build an actual career services department that has staff. The Medical School Administration needs to advocate better for women and minorities in their employ instead of protecting investigators with a large flow of grant money.


  8. "Poor Management"

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    Current Intern - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Current Intern - Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Yale University as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The institution has a lot of fund. A lot of resources.

    Cons

    Poor management. A lot of waste.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers.


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    "Snapshot of life as an M&P"

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    Former Employee - M&P in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - M&P in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work-life balance, access to great events, gorgeous campus

    Cons

    Union environment has impacted the security and salaries of management positions., high cost of parking in the city, trend to get rid of long term employees and replace with lower cost college grads

    Advice to Management

    Value your experienced staff


  10. "Superintendnet of facilities"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendnet in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Superintendnet in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits...medical coverage, time off and education reimbursement.
    Class for managers to advance their training. Advancement to different departments is easy to do.

    Cons

    Lots of hours and weekends, meetings and union environment.


  11. "fantastic school and resources, not great people!"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Yale University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Yale University has fantastic resources to work and live on campus

    Cons

    Staff are very rude and impolite. Yale does not support productive relation between different sections of school

    Advice to Management

    Leverage more resources to the community of New Haven


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