University of Rochester
3.9 of 5 124 reviews
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University of Rochester Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.9 124 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

Joel Seligman

(74 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Opportunities for advancement, good work life balance, professional development"
    in 5 reviews
  • "The job can be intellectually rewarding with lots of flexibility and good benefits"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low pay, poor work ethic, awful parking that you have to pay for"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Lack of opportunities for advancement"
    in 4 reviews
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It is a very good school

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Rochester

ProsIt offers very good health care, good benefits and facilities, Colleagues are very kind. Also, competitive retirement and educational benefits.

ConsBad weather in winter, awful parking, small gym with bad sport team... The salary is lower compare to same positions in other company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great school with many resources; Collaborative atmosphere

Graduate Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Rochester, NY

I worked at University of Rochester full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCollaborative atmosphere which is excellent as a researcher. Lots of opportunities to present your work and receive meaningful feedback. Allowed to Audit one class a semester for free (request has to be sent in) which is great.

ConsProbably varies from department to department, but the salary for graduate research assistants in my department was low.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cares more for graduate students than many other universities

Graduate Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at University of Rochester full-time for more than 8 years

ProsAny graduate student's experience depends greatly on the choice of advisor, but my experience here has been that many advisors (including my own) care about the welfare of their graduate students and don't generally try to take unfair advantage of them. Your success depends a lot on being assertive and confident, asking for (and often insisting on) the things you need.

ConsMany of the faculty in my department (Optics) are experienced, meaning that they tend to be busy and a little inaccessible, and they often have extremely high expectations for the amount of work needed for a PhD. It's one of the main factors contributing to a long time to degree (a particular issue in my department). Be forewarned that UR is dominated by the UR Medical Center, both specifically for research (it accounts for 75-80% of research dollars received by UR) and more generally (health care constitutes about 2/3 of UR's total revenue and at least that much of the upper administration's attention).

Advice to Senior ManagementPhD students as a whole are always in danger of being forgotten or misunderstood by administrative departments, which are primarily staffed by normal people who associate "college" with the undergraduate experience and don't have any reason or way to know what a PhD program is like. Graduate students' needs are different from undergraduates' -- not nonexistent, but different. UR is making progress on understanding and responding to graduate students' needs; keep moving in this direction.

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very good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Rochester

Prosgood city, good people, good campus, good research circumstance

Conssmall city, a little bit of boring

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it was great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Rochester

ProsUniverisity of Rochester is a Top School for Optics Education.

ConsThe Weather in Rochester is Really Cold.

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at University of Rochester

ProsGood working Environment,
quiet
people are nice
high salary
very good academic staffs

ConsBad weather
leadership not good enough
personal growth may be restricted
not many positions are offered
will be a better choice if not medical center

Advice to Senior Managementbe polite to them

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Academic based place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Rochester

Proskindly collaborate, nice professor and students

Conswinter is too snowy all around

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The Jobs are there...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Rochester

ProsA lot of opportunities available, they are they number 1 employer in Rochester.

ConsThe pay isn't all that, and they seem to lack diversity in their roles relating to service.

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Every department is different

Staff Accountant (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at University of Rochester full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood benefits! Total compensation package can't be beat! Plenty of opportunity within college & medical center to advance.

ConsSalary on low side. Middle level management in ORACS treat you like a child.

Advice to Senior ManagementSome middle level managers need to be trained on how to talk to people.

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politics and lack of transparency among negatives

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at University of Rochester

Prosbenefits are solid, great health care options. they still provide a tuition program for reduced costs, too.

Conshighly political, many different types of people with competing interests. Lack of transparency.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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