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Good job once you park and get to the office

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Current Employee - Web Developer  in  Palo Alto, CA (US)
Current Employee - Web Developer in Palo Alto, CA (US)

I have been working at Stanford University

Pros

They know they're not competitive on salary so they try to have great benefits to make up for it. The place offers a good work/life balance, tuition/childcare programs (work there for five years and your kid gets money to pay tuition at any college), lots of options for health insurance at relatively reasonable prices, continuing education opportunities, and nice touches like free Caltrain passes. You have to work hard but not too hard. It's a good, steady job and you know what to expect most days. It's not saving the world, but it still feels meaningful enough. Management treats people like adults.

Cons

Parking. Seriously. Parking on campus sucks. Most technical jobs have a work @ home option at least some of the time, but you're still probably going to be looking for a parking space three or four days a week. Biking is an option in good weather, if you're brave enough, or you can take public transit and the free shuttle from Caltrain. It takes a while to get where you're going, but it's about even compared to a bad parking day. The other risk is that you might have to interact with actual college students, but it can usually be avoided.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

None, I like the place.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Stanford, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Stanford, CA (US)

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    A lot of flexibility to cultivate experience and advance within the organization. If you work for the Athletics Dept. you receive season tickets for many and/or all games.

    Cons

    Parking can be a challenge depending on location. There can be a lot of elitism and politics (but what organization doesn't have that).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough interaction to have input on.

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    Working at Stanford when you are not faculty

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    Former Employee - Researcher  in  East Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Researcher in East Palo Alto, CA (US)

    I worked at Stanford University

    Pros

    Fantastic academic environment - a place for ideas and learning.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical, stiffling structure - little opportunity for innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While senior management has large constituencies of academics, deans, and donors to whom they must cater to, they must pay attention to the talent running the university and achieve a balance between managing up and managing down.

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