Stanford B-School Not A Great Place For Women: Stanford Women

Unless of course the dean takes a shine to you.

Ladies man.

Outgoing Dean Garth Saloner is apparently not great to work for if you're a lady according to the people who work (and worked) for him. (Saloner's name last came up in the news when he was sued by an employee whose wife Saloner was shacking up with.)

Some women who formerly worked at the business school say they recognize the difficult work culture described in Mr. Phills’s suit, one at odds with Stanford’s reputation as a friendly, collaborative environment. Kriss Deiglmeier, formerly the executive director of the business school’s Center for Social Innovation, recalls that Mr. Saloner berated her in a 2011 meeting when the two disagreed over how to use funds earmarked for the Center, “yelling and screaming” at her in front of colleagues.

Sharon Hoffman, a former director of the school’s M.B.A. program who left in 2012, described an environment of “toxic leadership” that precipitated an “exodus of women” from senior roles during Mr. Saloner’s tenure, including her own departure….Ms. Hoffman was among 46 current and former business school employees, both men and women, who sent a letter last year to university provost John Etchemendy complaining of the dean’s behavior and alleging that he violated the university’s code of conduct and human-resources policies both in his relationship with Ms. Gruenfeld and with hiring and promotion decisions.

At Silicon Valley’s Favorite Business School, Allegations of a Tough Workplace [WSJ]


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Real World, B-School: The Casting Special

Today we introduce you to the all-stars of my MBA program and yours. We seek only the top tier of characters that can singularly steal the show (and maybe $1.2 billion dollars in segregated customer funds on the side). The Questions Guy

 - The guy that everyone loves to hate. In any setting -- be it the classroom, company-sponsored information session, or networking circle -- The Questions Guy always has something to say. And while it technically always ends with a question mark, we understand the sentence to have the primary purpose of demonstrating some deeper knowledge of the material at hand. Sometimes these “questions” are insightful; however most times, we blame him for wasting classroom time, stealing our thunder, or dumbing everyone down with his trifling. We envy the fact that he’s clearly getting his money’s worth of his tuition … and ours. The Open Mouth Learner - Formerly some kind of nonprofit hero, the Open Mouth Learner’s jaw dropped with his first exposure to supply/demand curves, and he has remained captivated ever since. He brings up his non-traditional background at every opportunity, even if totally irrelevant to the conversation at hand. Professionally, he drops the phrase “non-traditional background” assertively in introductions, in order to ask questions in finance networking circles. At school, he drops the phrase defensively, in order to shirk the number-crunching parts of group assignments. The Open Mouth Learner is quietly both ashamed and proud of the fact that he has gotten through life this far without ever learning fractions.