Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
37 Reviews

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    unforgettable scientific experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is one of the most prestigious scientific communities that any scientist can be part of in their careers. The resources available and the the collaborations between different laboratories and fields allows for great science to be done.

    Cons

    is very isolated from NYC. The turnaround is very slow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bad for graduate students

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    Good scenery and good meetings that one can attend for free as a student

    Cons

    Students are treated much worse than even menial workers at CSHL. It is a great place to be a PI, but a really bad place to be a student. Very poor environment for learning scientists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat graduate students like garbage, they will be the ones deciding your legacy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  3.  

    excellent work atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician II  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician II in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots of perks, excellent benefits, on campus activities and community

    Cons

    difficult to live on long island with the pay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    CSHL postdoc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for networking and a lot of scientific collaborations. Good Health insurance and benefits. there is supportive community for families, especially with little kids. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    The costs of living are very high, even more so in the better school district. There is a lot of focus on public relations, sometimes public relations come at the expense of science.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unique Environment and Culture

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    Current Employee - Computational Scientist  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Current Employee - Computational Scientist in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    Beautiful natural environment, good academic programs, good benefit. Unique in a good way for raising up family, with day care on campus, and many activities for kids year around.

    Cons

    A little isolated location wise, maybe boring to some people who enjoy city life. Could be stressful for PIs with the needs to obtain enough funds to maintain the lab overhead and research expenses.

    Recommends
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    Beautiful place to work and good science

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    Pros

    Good research, lot's of meetings. Get to meet lot's of people

    Cons

    Focused on biology, not very diverse scientifically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More basic research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    paid as a graduate student, worked as a postdoc

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    Nodearth of resources at ones disposal, highly collaborative environment, independence in following ones own research direction, frequent mulit-discliplinary meetings providing many networking and collaboration oppurtunities, frequent wine and cheeses and fun lab events.

    Cons

    Too much independence-lack of guidance from mentors, very long graduation times for students, very high publication pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More timely assessment of graduate student progress, equal standards for domestic and visiting students.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Beautiful Campus, Intellectual People, Nice Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    Knowing that your entire company is working in cutting-edge science trying to cure all types of diseases and advancing education is a great motivator to come to work everyday (even if you're not a scientist)! The relaxed environment with an on-campus bar isn't bad either.

    Cons

    Although the scientists working here are the best in their fields, they can sometimes interfere with how the actual business is run. Trust more in your support staff like IT, finance, HR, etc to do their jobs as they are the pros in their respective fields.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your scientific staff happy without making it difficult on your support staff; they are just as important. After all, even the best companies built around a great idea/product can fail miserably if the business/support people aren't able to do their jobs.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Very good place for postdoctoral study

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to pursue science. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Salary for postdocs could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seems like the opportunity of a lifetime...until you actually start working there

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician I  in  Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician I in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, a ton of interesting research projects, frequent (free!) opportunities to sit in on valuable, informative seminars conducted by reputable guest speakers, great benefits/vacation/holiday/401K package, casual dress/work environment acceptable.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth as a lab tech, and the base salary of $34,000/year is almost impossible to survive on, let alone when you have a considerable student loan debt to pay off. It's quickly realized here that in academia, the only way to advance your career is to get a higher degree, which translates into even more debt. It's also virtually impossible to get fired from this place, even when you don't show up or only stay for 3-4 hours when you actually do, so that creates more dead weight than should ever be allowed in a professional environment. Ambitious, motivated employees suffer here, while the lazy ones thrive. You think at such a reputable laboratory you'd be surrounded by intelligent, mature professionals, but my experience proved to be the exact opposite. This place is ideal for someone who is complacent with putting in minimal time/effort into their career, and has a trust fund or wealthy spouse that can supplement the insultingly low salary...or for someone is also going to school part time or taking a break between grad school (flexible hours, some opportunity to be co-authors on research papers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR really needs to be more involved in what goes on in each individual lab. I was shocked and appalled at the experience I received here, and as this was my first professional experience outside of college internships. It was very disheartening to encounter this as a young female entering the work force. Also, the unwillingness to release the dead weight and terminate underperforming employees is terrible for morale and allows laziness and unprofessionalism to perpetuate throughout the entire company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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