Rosalind Franklin University

  www.rosalindfranklin.edu
  www.rosalindfranklin.edu

Rosalind Franklin University Reviews in North Chicago, IL

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
11 Reviews
3.0
11 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Rosalind Franklin University President & CEO Michael Welch
Michael Welch
5 Ratings

5 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    More work to be done than can be accomplished in time given. Low pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Administration in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    RFUMS has become more widely respected in the academic/educational community -- but it has taken many years (decades). They have a teaching staff that is worthy of commendation and provides the level of education required for many careers in medicine. RFUMS continues to contribute excellent research data in significant areas. Their graduates are immediately employable and are generally knowledgeable and ready to begin building a career in their field of study. The office culture does vary from department to department and depends largely on the management style. Transferring from one department to another is relatively easy if qualifications exist. Many long-term employees have enjoyed decades of work with RFUMS, becoming experts in their particular work.

    Cons

    Deparmtent management varies greatly, which makes it difficult in accomplishing some tasks due to inter-office (or manager to manager) personal issues. There are instances where work was not accomplished due to management interference and/or lack of support. Cliques are very common and unless you find one where you're accepted, it's difficult to make friendships at RFUMS. Gossip is out of control -- and it causes some to be loners just to be safe. All of these pleasantries come with a low pay check preceded by inaccurate and berating reviews -- so as to justify low or no raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if management would consider their employees best interest for long term growth and company satisfaction. Instead of thinking about how they will be impacted by an employees desire to transfer to another job in a different department, what a novel idea it would be to actually work with the individual to accomplish goals. Truthful reviews and encouragement along the way would be greatly appreciated as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learned a lot as a entry level employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Technician in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Technician in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Rosalind Franklin University full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I was more focused on the research position. As a entry level worker, I got chance to learn a lot.

    Cons

    The company itself is not that big hence the not a lot of things used to happen

  3.  

    Underfunded university with excellent faculty and staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Technician in North Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Research Technician in North Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Faculty is motivated by development of science for science.
    Small university with only graduate and medical students.
    Small, highly collaborative laboratories.
    Excellent medically-oriented philosophies.
    Very informative and thorough HR - they take the time to get to know the staff members they represent.
    Excellent training for animal work, biohazard, and sexual harassment laws.

    Cons

    Underfunded overall, most labs don't bring in heavy grants and are struggling to stay afloat.
    Many labs are staffed by 3 or less staff members - a lot of responsibility per person without pay to reflect such.
    Low pay and little prospect for raises or promotions. This is unfortunate for faculty as well as staff because each position is kind of terminal, resulting in a higher than average turnover.

    Salaries are typically non-negotiable. With low grant funding, the grants only allow a certain percentage to go to staff salary. Without bringing in many additional grants, salary is fixed and non-negotiable from the interview on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a clear route to meet criteria to move up from technician level to associate level. Even if it requires 10,000 hours of work, it's a quantified goal. Going in with a fixed salary with no potential for a raise or a promotion makes every position transitional, which is not good for trying to perform the caliber research required to bring in additional grant funding.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Really Needs better management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Faculty in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Faculty in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Rosalind Franklin University full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice facilities. Staff & faculty are great.

    Cons

    Managers/Executives are told by faculty specifics of the vast and deep problems that exist and possible suggestions to remedy the issues. Those decision makers don't solve the problems- in fact faculty who report the problems are seen as trouble and to be gotten rid of. Podiatry school has many senior and mid-level people without real world practice experience, board certification or solid teaching credentials. There are multiple schools as part of the university, they are not treated equally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management /Executives hiring other managers/executives that lack qualifications required of faculty, and then ignoring the faculty, is not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    An abundance of work, little compensation.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Technician in North Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Research Technician in North Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Rosalind Franklin University

    Pros

    Rosalind Franklin University has a very good reputation, as it houses the Chicago Medical School. The research there is solid, work that has been established for a long time. There are many elements in which one can gain good experience.

    Cons

    They are supposed to give raises yearly, however have not for the past 4 years. They are supposed to give bonuses in the summer, but they claim they have no money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees need better care: a better health package, raises, bonuses... things that the administrative team seems to be getting.

Work at Rosalind Franklin University? Share Your Experiences

Rosalind Franklin University

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.