Rockefeller University

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Rockefeller University Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
60 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.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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

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  5.  

    Best employer in new york

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

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family friendly environment
    Campus parking
    Campus child care
    Unlimited sick leave

    Cons

    No place to move up the ladder

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Internship!

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    Former Employee - Animal Technician in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Animal Technician in New York, NY

    I worked at Rockefeller University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing facility. Loved it all. Really got my hands in everything and everywhere. I would maybe return.

    Cons

    Didn't foster a team environment but great if you prefer to work independently. Maybe it was because I was an intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much direction but I figured it out and I guess I impressed them because each department offered me a job. So pay more attention.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Well meaning administration committed to excellence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent facilities, smart coworkers, cooperative culture. People at Rockefeller are dedicated and capable, and do their part to support the university's mission and its students and faculty.

    Cons

    Low turnover means little room for advancement, experience will vary depending on the personality of your supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Preserve the academic culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Probably one of the best places to work in academic biomedical research science.

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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 Rockefeller University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary (for academia - obviously does not compare well to industry), great benefits / insurance plans etc., amazing housing provisions. World class core facilities and scientific environment. Tolerable level of bureaucracy.

    Cons

    No complaints that are not common to academia at large.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Research Intern

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    Former Employee - Research Intern
    Former Employee - Research Intern

    I worked at Rockefeller University as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A relaxed and friendly environment with relatively flexible hours.
    Coworkers and mentors are welcoming and willing to help if help is asked for.
    Strong community feeling within the lab.
    Beautiful place to work, especially if you are at one of the newer buildings.

    Cons

    A fair amount of walking required to get to any of the closest subway stations, but it's great exercise.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Brilliant and friendly people hidden away from the frantic city.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    You're in an environment full of absolutely brilliant minds, stimulating lectures, and encouragement from both your peers and PIs. Great benefits.

    Cons

    It's impossible to live nearby on a research assistant's salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for all you do! I'm very happy to work here as of right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    Highly professional and intellectually challenging environment.

    Cons

    Difficult trek from the subway to York Avenue.

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