Stanford University Employee Reviews about "bay area"

Updated Jan 10, 2021

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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

      Dec 29, 2020 - Development Coordinator in Minneapolis, MN
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      Pros

      I felt like Stanford cared about me, they had great benefits, there are lots of amenities, they invest in their employees through education, wellness programs, training and building community.

      Cons

      Like ALL bay area employers, pay versus cost of living in the area may not be satisfactory depending on your position.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great work

      Jan 10, 2021 - Financial Analyst 
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      Pros

      Great work environment to work in

      Cons

      Expensive location to live in the bay area

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good experience but impossible to make it work long term

      Sep 25, 2020 - Director 
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      Pros

      beautiful campus, renowned faculty, great thinkers and speakers, students are awesome for the most part, many wonderful colleagues

      Cons

      Stanford is decentralized so every department is different, at the business school it's a place for "lifers" and "yes men," change/risk averse, being 35 is "young" here, little diversity on staff, especially at senior levels, brace yourself for frequent microaggressions, the entire faculty senate is white men, low pay for bay area (about half to a third of the market rate for equivalent jobs at any tech company) with middling benefits unless you have kids in college (no fertility benefits, no meals, no WFH set up reimbursements during COVID, pay for parking, etc.), the only folks here long term either have spouses who earn double what they do, or have an outdated cost of living because they bought their house 10+ years ago

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great Grad School

      Dec 10, 2020 - Graduate Student in San Jose, CA
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      Pros

      Stanford is a top institute for research training

      Cons

      Grad School pay is below the cost of living in the bay area

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Lots of advantages as a postdoc

      Oct 30, 2020 - Postdoctoral in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Strong Postdoc Association Lots of resources to look for jobs and train yourself on how to do it. Great collaborative environment Lots of opportunities to take courses and seminars.

      Cons

      Salary is not enough if you live in the Bay Area and want to have a family

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good exposure but overinflated locality

      Dec 12, 2020 - Postdoctoral Scholar 
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      Pros

      Exposure is amazing, and collaboration among researchers is nice.

      Cons

      Stanford doesn't provide much to improve the quality of life for postdocs in terms of perks. Health insurance is good, but the housing provided by them leaves much to be desired. And housing will eat 50 to 60% of your income even if you live in a shoddy neighborhood in the bay area.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Relatively good benefits for postdocs

      Nov 21, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Stanford cares for postdocs more than many other similar institutions

      Cons

      The salary provided still can’t match the cost of living in Bay Area

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A great place to innovate, collaborate

      Jan 3, 2021 - Postdoctoral Researcher in Menlo Park, CA
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      Pros

      I got to learn a lot from my peers, collaborators and advisors. Mostly everyone is eager to contribute to your project. So it gets finished sooner and efficiently. Beautiful campus.

      Cons

      Living in bay area as a postdoc with dependents can be tough for the postdoc annual salary.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Beware of Bad Management!

      Oct 12, 2020 - Clinical Research Coordinator Associate in San Francisco, 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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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Would highly recommend doing a postdoc at Stanford

      Oct 15, 2020 - Postdoctoral Fellow in Stanford, CA
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      Pros

      Great salary for postdocs as well as generous postdoc benefits.

      Cons

      Postdocs don't make that much in general and the bay area is expensive

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