Cuny Research Foundation Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
54 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • flexible schedule depending on department (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent pay, flexible work hours, great learning opportunity (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • a lot of student workers only part-time so they don't have to pay out benefits (in 2 reviews)

  • Customer constantly yelling about politics and policies that make no sense (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Normal

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is flexibility because you can work from home. You will receive 18/hour at least because you are a graduate student. There is no office, you will most likely see your boss every six months.

    Cons

    You have to be able to stick to a project once you start it. Also, you may want to consider a full time job as a research assistant somewhere else as you would most likely make more money. This is more if you are going to school and do not have that much time to spare to work.

    Recommends
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    Research Assistant

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay is okay, better than work study

    Cons

    I am not that familiar with the institution

  3.  

    Mixed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Cuny Research Foundation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you've taken a student position and depending on the project, they work around your school schedule, and they ensure that you're passing.

    Cons

    In a project where you're contracted to another organization, it becomes unclear where you're supposed to go for guidance and support.

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  5.  

    A good place to enter into the workforce

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    Current Employee - Supplemental Instruction Leader  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supplemental Instruction Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Job is not very demanding.

    Cons

    No support if you look to progress within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advancement support for lover levels of organization

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A slightly confusing company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    So, to begin, it's important to understand that RFCUNY is the parent organization of a bunch of smaller offices throughout the CUNY system that do independent research. My center, for example, is located in midtown, not Time Square like the central office. Personally, I take issue with the way MY center is run, but that has NOTHING to do with RFCUNY, so this review is ONLY for the interaction's I've had with the RFCUNY central office staff.
    That being said, time off policies seem fair enough and the central office staff is very understanding of employee's needs - whether it's offering help to students doing research under the umbrella, or a parent who needs time off for various things. Most of the RFCUNY research is well received, so it looks good on a resume - and for professionals who work here they really can build a career off of it. I truly appreciate that they DO allow the various offices to hire students, and - from what I can tell - they don't restrict what a person can be paid. My center, for example, lives off of federal-level research grants and donations from folks who want to support our work. Personally, I don't get paid well, but many of our full-time employees are paid very well to continue to do the good work that they do.

    Cons

    Conversely, however, this also means that some people from other centers/offices/institutes/etc. do not get paid well to do their work This is an unfortunate side effect of allowing your subsidiaries to essentially self manage. I kinda view RFCUNY's main office as the people who sign the checks and periodically give us a nicer room on TS to have a meeting at. The rooms we've used at the central office are really nice... beyond that, and some rules and regulation stuff, though, RFCUNY doesn't actually DO that much (that I am aware of).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is really hard to do, given what I've discussed above. What I would suggest: find a better pay system. Whatever it is that we use to enter our hours is just stupid...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Grant Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Grant Administrator in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great managers, great benefits, incredible life-work balance, very little overtime.

    Cons

    Very little room to advance in such a small branch office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top heavy despite being such a small office. Very little communication with bottom 75 percent of the office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Research institution for the City University of New York

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Provide a great health insurance with 75% employer contribution. Vacation and unscheduled holidays are better or at least comparable to other similar institutions.

    Cons

    Pay is not that good especially one has to reside in New York city. Very few permanent researcher positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I work for CUNY CAT(center for advanced technology) through CUNY RF.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working here is good for the life balance and you are well supported by the Union. CUNY CAT supported by CUNY RF is more research based.

    Cons

    It is University and New York City based organization that it does not directly help you in terms of career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult to advance on the position.

  10.  

    It was great! I loved working for RF CUNY!

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    Former Employee - 311 CUNY  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - 311 CUNY in New York, NY

    I worked at Cuny Research Foundation part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked for them part-time but it felt like full time because of the great benefits they offered. Vacation, sick time and maternity or disability leave.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any. It was the best 3 years of my working career. Keep in mind i'm only 23 though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome organization to work for.

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Cuny Research Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits are great and generous and you have some opportunities to move upward. You can always apply for another job within the organization and you could also see some of the other campuses. The people are also great.

    Cons

    The only con is that the grant you receive may run out and that you don't really interact with the Research Foundation all that much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you might connect more with your employees in addition to the managers where you are placed. Sometimes they don't know your rights and might steer you wrong.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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