Stanford Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is ranked among the top five universities in the world in major education publications.The university was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year.
A student mentioned, "The food is really bad at this part of the West coast, and Stanford campus is no exception. Occasionally, you may find something somehow eatable but that's about it. If you have been born and raised in NorCal, than that may be OK for your taste. Otherwise, prepare to suffer."
Administrative Associate (Former Employee) says"I worked at Stanford as an admin for several years. Like other workplaces, there are many amazing colleagues. However, Stanford University is filled with abusive bosses whom the HR Department works hard to defend. Faculty often treat staff poorly. Sometimes they make staff cleanup student projects that undergraduates left behind on beak. Truly unacceptable to have staff manage the academic work of students. Bosses and management often carry out blatant discrimination and bullying with zero consequences. Abusive upper managers are shielded while middle managers are too afraid to make any real changes to workplace culture. HR is more concerns with protecting the images and "brand" of Stanford than structuring a workplace culture that fosters camaraderie and mutual support. Cons: People of high intelligence and integrity are scarce resources in upper management."
Manager (Former Employee) says"This place has a major turn over. This was the worst mistake of my career working here. The director of operations and director of catering do not participate in any operations. There are nothing but temps that work here so if you are employed by guckenheimer everything will fall on you. This place is out of the way so gas expenses are high plus you have to pay for parking everyday. Management are very unprofessional and gossip about you. Do not work here."
Cook/Prep (Former Employee) says"I was in a soccer team and this was part of our volunteer "work" but it taught me alot about being quick when it came to the fast food industry. Will try again in the future. Cons: The heat when cooking"
Researcher II (Former Employee) says"Management at Stanford's SCCR is worst.Bullies are encouraged to continue bullying and aggressive behavior. Sadly the HR is no good.Unprofessional."
hpc engineer (Former Employee) says"Never work at stanford, pathetic managenent. People are idiots. Worst of all... the old buildings all have asbestos in them!!!! and the idiots that work in them dont seem to mind... again, IDIOTS! Cons: Everything.... people suck, buildings suck, env sucks, never work at stanford!!"
Biostatistician II (Former Employee) says"Like anywhere else, your job depends on your manager."
Medical Assistant, (Former Employee) says"Great place to work Management is not very fair and could improve a lot with employees and how they teach their employees. You have to use your PTO for what should be pay holidays. Their is no sick leave Cons: short breaks, use pto for holidays"
Program Coordinator/Event Coordinator (Former Employee) says"I hated my life over there. I resigned and never wants to go back to the school of medicine. It is very stressful culture. The management do not know what they are doing"
Director of Curriculum Design and Development (Current Employee) says"Professors are terrible managers, leaders of supervisors. Their ego is greater than the vision they may potentially have for whatever projects they are doing. Their main aim is to use your labor as a resource to increase their fame, NOT TO HELP YOU GROW. in fact, because they feel threatened by your youth, talents, creativity and curiosity, they must push you down, so they can remain on top. I DO NOT recommend anyone with a degree of self-worth and thirst for their future to work for a famous professor at Stanford research facilities. Cons: EVERYTHING ELSE - The commute, the lack of parking space, the cost to park, the work environment, the red tape, the politics, their ego."
Former employee (Former Employee) says"I would not recommend Stanford to anyone I know and care about. This is a horrible place to work, with HR in Engineering being the very worst. Do you work in Engineering period. Some of the department managers are the worst people I have ever encountered. Stay as far away from Engineering, especially the Deans Office, as possible."
Associate Director (Former Employee) says"Great place to have a career in higher education administration. Management styles varies greatly across campus-some excellent and encourages growth while other divisions can be a bit challenging with oversized egos. Cons: Parking"
Purchasing Card Program Administrator (Former Employee) says"A typical day at work was to answer questions, solve problems, and interact with outside contacts. I learned to administer the corporate credit card program. My management was incompetent. My co-workers were friendly and helpful. The hardest part of the job was when they instituted a "call center" instead of allowing me to directly speak to clients. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping others. Cons: Incompetent and poor management"
Research Administrator (Current Employee) says"I wish I had heard what others have told me of the many facts I faced here: microaggression and impunity of midlevel managers, overworked entry level employees for average pay, and rife office politics. If the leadership does not take good care of its employees and get off their high horse, the high turn over will derail the university's reputation. Cons: elitism, microaggression, and rife office politics"
Biostatistician (Former Employee) says"Besides Stanford not having a work-life balance and sustainable culture. That was the first time ever work in a non-inclusive hostile environment as a woman of color(and I’m from the south). The environment and my then PI was so toxic for the first time I resorted to reporting about the situation to HR because I didn’t know what to do (and the situation wasn’t getting better and HR basically didn’t do anything). Not only was my PI not a good manager (which was admitted from their own mouth also that they’ve been accused of discrimination as well), they never took accountability for it. There were fellows in the group that survived off of no sleep for weeks and had nervous breakdowns to meet a deadline for a publication. This situation wasn’t suitable for a research graduate despite being very transparent and honest about what I needed in terms of development/growth. Stanford needs to work on true inclusion of minorities beyond Caucasian women and really implement true sustainable work-life balance. Since then, I’ve gone to another academic setting that is a way better fit for my life and needs. POCs beware"
Senior Procurement Specialist (Former Employee) says"Very poor management with a lack of transparency and uncommunicated expectations. There was a culture that appeared punitive and sometimes very negative in meetings. There is very little positive interaction between management and regular employees."
Life Science Research Professinal (Former Employee) says"I was not lucky enough to work in a nice lab with a good culture and a work-friendly one at Stanford. PI was unhelpful, unprofessional and hardly replied the emails making it very difficult to communicate with. He simply got upset with people if the results were not as he expected. The supervisor also was so bossy and rude making the situation too terrible to me that I resigned eventually. To be honest, not all PIs and supervisors. are like those I worked with and not all lab at Stanford is like the one that I have worked in. Stanford can be an OK place to expand your skills and learn. You just need to make sure who you are working for and with. Cons: Pay rate is the lowest work pressure is high"
Cook/Prep Cook (Current Employee) says"Stanford was good when they first had people coming there it was exciting working all over the camus cleaning rooms dorms kitchens bathrooms working all over the camus it was work but iwas a hard worker any way thats where i came from working hard .my parents were hard workers all they life thank you. Cons: two 20 mins breaks and a hour lunch"
Post-doctoral Researcher (Former Employee) says"The management there was poor. I was constantly working throughout the first year and never felt recognized for my efforts."
MLT (Former Employee) says"You can work like dog but no management is satisfy. They just think of themselves. Cons: low wage and more work"
Director of Operations (Former Employee) says"Associate Dean permitted to continually belittle and denegrate employees. Calling outside of work hours at unreasonable times of the day, including middle of the night and weekends. Expects 24/7 availability; well over 40 hours a week, even for hourly workers without compensation. Leadership has been aware of the situation for years and allows poor treatment to continue. Human Resources aware and unable to improve the situation due to lack of cooperation from leadership. Cons: hourly workers expected to work overtime without pay, 12 -14 hours workday the norm"