Stanford University

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Former Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA (US)
Former Employee - Graduate Student in Stanford, CA (US)

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

Pros

being a graduate student at Stanford is nice because of the name recognition, beautiful surroundings, and collaborative atmosphere

Cons

working at stanford subjects one to really horrible traffic, even more horrible parking availability

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Middle managers beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The campus and the weather is wonderful. There are many activities that are available to the staff and the benefits are very generous. There is always something exciting going on. Once you are in the Stanford organization, changing positions between departments is rather easy.

    Cons

    There is a lot of silly decisions made due to the policial nature of the organization. Since this is a nonprofit organization no one in the administrative side is really accountable for their spending or effectiveness. This probably accounts for the high cost of tuition.

    The HR department is really ineffective. The policies protect the staff and the faculty. Middle managers are always at risk of getting into trouble. The HR people do not do a good enough job of explaining this at orientation.

    Many administrative postions are filled by individuals who are not qualified for their job. They were hired as assistants and just "grew" into the postion. I was surprised by the lack of professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The hotling needs to be staffed by an outside service. Too many valid complaints are not investigated while invalid complaints are acted upon. This depends on the manager of the unit not a standard process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    If you like snotty Stanford graduate co-workers with an attitude and no talent, this is the place for you!

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Stanford, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Stanford, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Tuition for children if you have/plan on having any
    Nice campus

    Cons

    Non Stanford graduates are looked down upon
    Managers reward incompetence and bad attitudes
    Cooperation is non-existant
    Watch out for intentionally laid land mines!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace yourselves with completely outside and unbiased managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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