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What is the work environment and culture like at Stanford University?

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There is no feeling of hospitality when you are a newbie and especially if you are a temp. I experienced this is the Patient Financial Clearance Department, Newark. People have their own clicks and like to gossip. Their is favoritism as for the newbie you are watched like a hawk the entire shift.

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Family! Like we were all in it together no matter the bad times and good times. All the same

Answered - LEVEL III IT LEAD SUPPORT PERSON (Former Employee) - Palo Alto, CA

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Wonderful!!!! It is very nice to be around people from different backgrounds. It is a mind opener!

Answered - Visiting Physician (Current Employee) - School of Medicine

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Whoever wrote the long review on 4/26/17, I totally agree with the her/him although in my department we don't have professors, only associates. Here is my take for the department that I currently work at:
1. The associates are God and they can do whatever they want. Everyone else has to follow strict rules except them.
2. Upper management has no intention of developing their staffs and there is no advancement from your current role. When you try to learn more in the office, they either just assume you are bored with your job and would not help you, or they would take advantage of the situation and asking you to do more tasks (cause no one else would do them) without even mentioning of any form of compensation; title change, raise, etc (experience of a non-exempt employee).
3. The whole environment is very old school and most of the people work here don't like changes or suggestion of changes.
4. Pay is lower compared to other universities; such as Berkeley, USF, etc.
5. Great health insurance.

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It's terrible. Their exempt policies are made to totally take advantage of you, with no benefit for the employee. Because professors are seen as God, you have no protection by Human Resources. They seem untouchable due to their name and recognition. After a year a half of being hired I did my performance evaluation review and was evaluated against objectives that were never written down and for which I never received mentorship. They don't value diversity of opinions, they feel threatened by younger minds who think differently from their stablished and sometimes antiquated views. My boss hired a consultant to run the operations and "manage" us and this person (who had only worked with me for 5 months) write a completely inaccurate performance review. I had to fight with all the evidence I had to have them change my overall rating, although they did not fix the many inaccuracies. By the way, the HR person told me that consultants are not suppose to supervise people, write policies or write performance reviews and although I told her that was exactly what was happening in my case, she did nothing to stop it.

Answered - Director of Curriculum Design and Development (Current Employee) - School

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Fun, relaxed, professional, supportive

Answered - Associate Director - All Sports Camp (Former Employee) - Stanford, CA

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It's great and lots of diversity!

Answered - (SoM), Systems Architect (Current Employee) - Stanford, CA

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Very diverse with many languages spoken.

Answered - Receiving Specialist/Payments Assistant (Former Employee) - Stanford, CA

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Worked by myself filing donor information at Encina Hall for Stanford's Development Office. Management and co-workers were helpful in teaching me what I needed to know. Culture was good. I enjoyed having a large pile of filing and getting it filed efficiently and correctly. The most difficult was having an overwhelmingly large pile of filing that I had to file in a short deadline. I was able to meet my deadlines.

Answered - File Clerk, Encina Hall (Former Employee) - Stanford, CA

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