Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Roswell Park Cancer Institute Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
27 Reviews
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27 Reviews
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  1.  

    Love it!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre-Doctoral Candidate in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Pre-Doctoral Candidate in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn... Fist class core facilities... Everyone is usually kind and willing to help!

    Cons

    Buffalo winters, not fun if you're not into snow related activities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great place to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -good benefits,
    - NCI comprehensive center,
    - recognized by the community
    - friendly staff and environment

    Cons

    - people that have no research or clinical background (i.e. MBAs) manage the hospital/research, therefore decisions are not really made in the most knowledgeable way in the benefit of science.
    - unless your PI has big grants, salaries are not competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    GREAT PLACE FOR THOSE WHO CAN DO POLITICS AND BUSINESS

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    Current Employee - Hri Scientist in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Hri Scientist in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place for physicians and physician scientists. Research facilities are good and researchers at bench are helpful to each other. Promotions depends mostly on personal relationships with supervisors. If your supervisor is busy, be nice to those who have better access as they can change opinion about you by projecting false image of you. Your promotion also may depend on department administrators who have the power to manage grant funds of lab head with whom you work. Focus more on these than work to survive the politics and save from trouble.

    Cons

    Someone commented about politics- ABSOLUTELY TRUE- Agree 200%. Faculty promotions are also dependent on relationship to chairman- LOTS OF INTERNAL RECRUITMENT! Faculty recruitment is highly biased. You can see two faculties in some departments with huge difference in their accomplishments. One who came in open competition would have a publication in top ranked journal with several years of postdoc experience in best institutes, while the other would have done Ph.D with chairman with 1-2 years postdoc and publication in moderate journal. Faculty promotion is also biased and depends on how well you socially hangout with with Chairman and his buddies!
    Political powers seem more dominant here than discovery to cure cancer!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management depends on those who manage it- When those in power who have the responsibility to manage themselves twist rules to their advantage who can dictate management?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A good learning experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not sure if I can generalize for the institute because it really depends on the lab you are working in. Mostly always found people in this organization to be helpful work wise. Summer is a fun time as they have lots of events that liven up the work place after the harsh winter months in Buffalo. My coworkers were co-operative and friendly. The benefits/ vacation time off keeps accruing, the more number of years you put in at Roswell, which is definitely a big plus!

    Cons

    Salary could have been better although it is sufficient for Buffalo's cost of living. Working hour rules (badge swipe in swipe out system for certain job grades to complete 40 hours a week for full time) can be a nuisance as you are forced to hang around even on days when you finish work early.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

    Pros

    It is the premier cancer center in western New York. the work culture is good and not very stressful. the facilities are new and there is an atmosphere of collaboration promotion. there is a lot of patients and there is a concept to translate bench to bedside. The clinicians are very willing to interact with the PIs for developing new therapies to benefit patients. Buffalo is good city to live with good schools and lots of things to do

    Cons

    There is air of relaxation amongst the PIs. They are very comfortable, sometime too comfortable. The growth within the organization is minimal but people within the organization get promoted over newer hires. Leadership could be better when hiring new PIs. Training methods are outdated and not challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some better talent for the departments. Training needs to be improved for new students.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good Cancer Hospital, Research is not so good

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    Current Employee - Master Student In Research in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Master Student In Research in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people, Some facilities are good and new.

    Cons

    Too many PI's, resulting in not enough money available for some. PI's are uncertain, some master students and PhD's had to be relocated due to this issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less PI's, bigger groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    RPCI allows Principal Investigators to treat their employees (grad students etc.) with hostility without accountability

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Student in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I don't have any pros

    Cons

    Generally, not a good environment to work for graduate students, interns etc. PIs both on the research and clinical side are ill-mannered, bad tempered and pompous, especially during grant writing time. There are cases where PIs did not pay there PhD grad students and the administrative/ management sat back and pretended they didn't know what was going on. It doesn't not make sense to complain to HR or anyone for that matter because you will be vilified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep abreast of how badly you allow PIs to treat your employees and put a STOP to it. It does not matter how much money they bring in via grants or how many patients they bring in as their doctor, there ill-mannered, bad tempered, verbally abusive and pompous mentality should be held accountable. Why? Because the people conducting the experiments and doing the work are the ones who really matter, without their contribution there would be no grants, proposals, reports or papers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    No...just no...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Office in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pension, vacation time, the cafeteria is pricey but the food is pretty good.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Too many VPs, directors, managers, supervisors. Many who are overpaid, poor managers, and are in their positions because they suck up. Favoritism abounds. Job descriptions change to suit the manager when he/she has a particular pet or relative in mind to hire. The harder you work the more work you will find yourself rewarded with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. Promote from within. Monitor HR. HR seems to promote and recommend their own for promotions in other areas of the hospitals even when they don't qualify.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    RPCI is a not a very easy place for Masters students

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here would be that people (those in wet lab) are very helpful and will answer any questions you have. The learning environment is great

    Cons

    Some challenges are that Masters students don't have a lot of opportunity to get paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRy keeping some budget for the graduate student, you probably will get more from them as they wont have to split their time between lab and part time jobs

  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Roswell Park Cancer Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very nice work-life balance, great time off and benefits. It is a very friendly environment which made it easy to go into work every day.

    Cons

    There is a long wait to get a parking spot and it is very expensive. The area surrounding the hospital is not the safest, so street parking can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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