University of Rochester Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Good for grad school

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    Current Employee - Optics PhD Student in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Optics PhD Student in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very competitive stipend (optics PhD)
    Good working environment environment
    Great, helpful people
    Sense of community
    Very flexible hours

    Cons

    Average length of time for doctoral degree is long and increasing
    Sometimes difficult to find funding
    Student health insurance not included, required, and expensive given stipend amount

  2. Ok

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Lots of education opportunities. Diverse jobs.

    Cons

    Everyone is a number. project credit taken by higher ups

    Advice to Management

    pay attention

  3. Very good experience as PHD

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    professor guide very good.

    Cons

    Location is bit hard for future career

    Advice to Management

    NA

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  5. Parking Representatie

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Parking Services Representative in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Parking Services Representative in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, able to choose post you want to work, able to move from shift to shift as needed

    Cons

    Management has no communication skills. One will say something then another will say something else. They have a way of making you feel that you aren't doing your job right.

    Advice to Management

    Learn communication skills, and how to treat people.

  6. Graduate student in Optics

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    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Candidate in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Program is awesome. They treat their grad students in optics really well. They have a stipend that is better then many other engineering/science programs.

    Cons

    They are a University so they have their issues. Mostly administration stuff. Occasionally have to fill out carbon copy forms which is ridiculous to me considering the other options we know have available.

  7. Despite what they say UofR DOES NOT CARE about their employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You can get reduced tuition for yourself or family after a year.
    Good health insurance.

    Cons

    Consistently pushed to work more than 40 hours when salaried.
    Most people buy into working more hours (60-80), subsequently most of your co-workers are miserable.
    Can not take advantage of the education benefit because you are too busy working.
    Management thinks they are an aristocracy.
    Management is more interested in making sure you are under your thumb than getting a job done.
    Complaining to larger HR comes back to bite the employee.
    There is no parking.
    You have to pay for a parking permit.
    Even though the pay is not enough to survive on in Rochester and you still have to get a second job, the employee is expected to make UofR the top priority in their life. No work life balance here.

    Advice to Management

    Get your priorities straight. You shouldn't have to find cost savings by squeezing your lowest paid employees that keep the place running.

  8. Student Employee

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    Current Employee - Technical Assistant III in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Assistant III in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment, not high stress (though it can vary a bit from lab to lab). U of R values it's employees and the well-being. I've heard one labtech complain that the health insurance plans aren't great, but personally I don't see a problem. I can't speak to the benefits, since I don't get any as a student.

    Cons

    Not the greatest resources, I feel like I've outgrown my position, which is why I'm applying to graduate school.

  9. Average for a One-Company Town

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The work environments are generally very friendly. People in computer-related positions are generally allowed to make their own work environment, decide on work hours and telecommuting with their direct supervisors.

    Cons

    The salaries are poor compared to private industry, but probably average for an academic institution. Some employees need to find their own funding for their jobs, so "permanent" positions are sometimes more like contract work.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries really need improvement. While they seem to be about average for academic positions, the best people are motivated to leave for private industry where they can get a fair salary.

  10. I gain a lot of communication skills and the ability to cook meals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chef in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Chef in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was great and you also meet new people while doing so.

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons, just greedy customers

    Advice to Management

    I enjoyed working there and would recommend a friend

  11. Speaking of LLE, it is a nice place for scientists

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Support, freedom of interest (depending on your boss), right amount of pressure, friendly community

    Cons

    Salary, at times the politics can get in the way

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this time

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