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The best way to find out about Stanford as a workplace is to hear from insiders. Below is a sampling of some staff comments, along with related facts, that provide insider information regarding work life at Stanford.

I need something that feels a little more altruistic to have meaning in my world. To me, it’s a huge part of being at Stanford— to feel part of something bigger.

Lindsey Akin

Services Manager


With about 5,000 externally sponsored research projects underway and a sponsored-project budget of more than $1 billion for 2011-12, the university generates new ideas, finds solutions to longstanding problems and improves the lives of people around the planet.

The campus is an optimistic place. For me, as I compared it to the other parts of the world, I find a lot of optimism. And that’s a really pleasant place to come to.

Valerie Meeks

Faculty Affairs Project Manager


Stanford is a thriving residential campus and community. Living and learning are intimately intertwined at Stanford. Extra-curricular programs, organizations, performances, forums and athletics beckon students, faculty and staff, as well as neighbors from the communities around us.

There really isn’t anything you can’t take advantage of, whether it’s the athletic facilities or lectures or lively arts. It’s just such a beautiful campus; it’s so diverse … It’s a great place to work.

Alison Peterson

Department Coordinator


Staff have access to nearly 20 athletic, recreation and wellness facilities, including one of the world’s finest golf courses, more than 20 libraries, discounted tickets for arts and music performances, and more.

I love that I've got the opportunity to come to Stanford. Joining Stanford was one of the best decisions that I have made in my life.

Aparna Sharma

Operations Manager


Stanford hires more than 1,000 staff positions each year and seeks people committed to excellence.

I feel secure in my job knowing that Stanford is going to be here tomorrow. I think in a lot of those startups, you are not really sure on Monday if the doors are going to be locked or not. But at Stanford, I don’t worry about that.

Shari Haun

Event and Communications Coordinator


Stanford opened its doors in 1891 and through the years has continued to evolve and be recognized as one of the world’s leading institutions.

It’s always exciting. You’re always pushing yourself. We do strive to be excellent. And I think that’s a great thing to strive for.

Mario Acquesta

Associate Vice President


Stanford’s workforce is composed of enthusiastic, lifelong learners – people who value diversity, are committed to the pursuit of research and education, and find motivation in being surrounded by achievement.