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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 place to do research

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    lots of core facilities and resources to hasten research.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great exposure to research experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Rockefeller has a wonderful work culture, especially great for recent college grads. The Research Assistant position is a great way to gain experience, and there are a lot of opportunities for learning outside the lab (lunch lectures, visiting scientists, etc) and also for socializing (there is a bar on campus, labs often have bbqs in the summer, and people are generally friendly).

    Cons

    Your work experience can vary widely depending on your supervisor or the particular lab you are in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great scientific minds, beautiful campus, great place to do science. The reputation is amazing amongst the people in life sciences area.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher. Some core facilities needs a serious update of their old equipments.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Above average place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Environmental Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Laid back, quality of life is valued.

    Cons

    Some administrative staff are incompetent. Pay is not great at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a backbone and make better decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great environment, but unstructured

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful location with an enclosed campus. Grad students are able to live either on campus or very close by for substantially below market price, which makes living on the stipend affordable. Top notch science is being done in most labs. People tend to be very friendly if sometimes a bit antisocial.

    Cons

    Depending on the lab, work life balance can range from good to terrible. Lack of structure sometimes makes it difficult to find out who to contact about issues. Occassionally seems like departments do not communicate much.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best employer in new york

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great graduate school

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University

    Pros

    Exciting scientific research; Good education opportunity; Access to the state-of-art research facility; Generous stipend to students; Good housing conditions.

    Cons

    Highly competitive environment; students needs to be highly independent and self-sufficient; lacks connections with industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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