Life at Princeton
Princeton University provides competitive compensation, benefits, work-life programs, time-off policies, and resources. The compensation program monitors and adjusts salary levels and includes an annual Merit Increase Program. Benefits and work-life programs reflect and embrace the diverse needs of its employees and include traditional offerings, such as health, retirement, life, staff tuition reimbursement, and disability insurance, as well as less frequently found benefits, such as childcare assistance, child college tuition assistance, and on-site personal health coaches, making Princeton a stand-out employer. For more specific information, visit our Thrive section.
Work & Pay Schedules
Princeton University is a residential community, operating on a 24/7 year-round basis. Employees’ work schedules vary, depending on the positions and institutional and departmental needs.
The standard workweek begins at 12:01 a.m. on Monday and ends at midnight on the following Sunday. The University’s normal daily business hours are 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer, although some offices have different schedules. The University sets a holiday schedule and, during inclement weather or other emergencies, may close offices that are not essential. In these situations, applicable University and/or departmental policies and practices apply. Employees utilize the University's Time and Absence Management System to enter time worked and record time based on their work schedules.
Flexibility & Time Off
The University offers various paid and unpaid flexible time off policies and 11 paid holidays to assist employees fulfill work and family responsibilities, such as:
- Family and medical
- Flexible work arrangements
- Jury duty and court appearances
- Military reserve training
- Military extended service
- Religious observances
- Short term disability, long term disability, and workers’ compensation
- Vacation and paid time off
Princeton University is committed to providing fair and equitable pay to all employees and to acknowledging the impact of individuals and teams as they support the University’s mission. Our compensation program maintains competitive salary levels within relevant markets, consistent with job content, responsibilities, and requirements. Our program emphasizes and encourages excellence and acknowledges staff performance through several programs, e.g., annual merit increase program, year-round Tiger and Spot Award program, and other unique annual award programs.
Commuting & Transportation
The University offers a broad variety of commuting benefits and options that support both employees’ travel needs as well as the University’s strategic commitment to reducing single occupancy vehicles on campus. The program includes pretax payroll deductions for parking and transit costs, subsidies for public transportation, campus shuttle bus system, and bike sharing.