Rockefeller University Reviews

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Pros
  • Great benefits such as reimbursement for classes taken outside of the university and good health benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Core facilities and their availabilities are nothing compared to any other academic institutions I have ever worked at (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • paid time off accrual system; pettiness among senior staff; little to no room for career advancement (in 3 reviews)

  • The types of lab skills you will learn will vary depending on which (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Best place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    I had a great experience working here.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

  2. Overall Rating

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Abingdon, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Abingdon, VA

    I have been working at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    You feel comfortable in your work environment. They treat their staff like family. Always something to do.

    Cons

    Hourly pay was not so great. Was a big change from what I was used to making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hourly rates should be merit based or based on knowledge. The same workers who were receiving the same rate I was didn't have half of the experience in that particular part of the store.

    Recommends
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  3. Prestigious place to work, lots of politics.

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    Former Employee - Data Manager
    Former Employee - Data Manager

    I worked at Rockefeller University part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prestigious. Can sit down to lunch with Nobel Laureates. Excellent facilities and research.

    Cons

    Heavy politics, difficult to get funding, have to fight to keep your department running. No wonder Sir Paul Nurse left!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees instead of scapegoating them when the going gets tough.

    Recommends
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  5. Excellent and nurturing scientific environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    Plenty of resources to conduct great research and attend scientific meetings. Subsidized housing and housing location in NYC also a great plus.

    Cons

    The convenience of doing research makes it difficult to go out sometimes.

    Recommends
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  6. research assistant

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

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    unlimited access to seminars from some of the worlds greatest scientists

    Cons

    tough commute if you dont live in manhattan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work!

    Recommends
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  7. time for change.

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    Current Employee - Veterinarian in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Veterinarian in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    I had good co worker.

    Cons

    no room for growth. the same folks working the same job for 30 years and more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take an good look at your staff, see if there fit to do there job.

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  8. Phenomenal research experience and career accelerator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bright, motivated colleagues
    Dedicated workforce at all levels
    Abudant resources
    Everyone counts
    Live within walking distance
    Working long hours is expected of everyone - so lots of company at all hours if you are similarly motivated

    Cons

    Younger Heads of Lab have a hard time sticking it out to get to tenure (12 year tenure track!), so a significant turnover amoung junior Heads of Lab. This makes it harder in the long run for graduate students who came from those labs than for graduate students who worked in the top, longstanding senior labs. Good strategy for students: find a junor HOL and senior HOL co-advisors -- best of both worlds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Boost the support for Associate Professor, HOL, level -- it will help retain these "junior" faculty. Each lab is a big investment on the part of the institution. Provide more support and true mentorship for female junior heads of lab.

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  9. Great work environment

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    The core facilities are well equipped to perform cutting edge research and the faculty are very successful award winners.

    Cons

    It takes about 15-20 minutes to walk to the train station.

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  10. Great work environment

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    Great support from my bosses who took a personal interest in my progress, friendly environment from fellow researchers

    Cons

    One of the disadvantages were the long hours, which realistically could not be helped given the nature of the lab work that was being carried out

  11. Great place to do research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    lots of core facilities and resources to hasten research.

    Cons

    not a super collaborative environment, overall, though individual labs may be collaborative.

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