University of Rochester Reviews in Rochester, NY

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
142 Reviews

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Pros
  • The job can be intellectually rewarding with lots of flexibility and good benefits (in 10 reviews)

  • Opportunities for advancement, good work life balance, professional development (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, poor work ethic, awful parking that you have to pay for (in 8 reviews)

  • LImited opportunities for advancement within some divisions (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    U of R strives for excellence

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Strong community, well-educated employees, nice location, opportunities to take classes, gain degrees, and certifications, beautiful campus near the heart of the city

    Cons

    Terrible parking, interesting culture, difficulty working between departments, more concern with the benefit of the whole rather than the benefit of individuals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Okay employer for an undergrad

    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Learn a lot, very easy to communicate with other faculty once you've gotten in a lab.

    Cons

    compensation is poor for undergrads, maybe it's similar at other schools but one of my PIs paid under $10/hr for a research position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the amount of work RAs do and pay them accordingly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place for research

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good place to do research. The advisors and professors are super smart and among the best in their field.

    Cons

    The electrical department sometimes appears stingy as compared to CS department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have a lounge room for ECE so that people can work late

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Orientation Leader

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    Former Employee - Orientation Leader  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Orientation Leader in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is an amazing work environment between the students and professional staff that you work with. You receive awesome goodies at the beginning and the end of the summer, and the work is very rewarding. There is no specific role to fill, each summer the positions are entirely different depending on the staff hired, so there are many opportunities to do tasks that suit your talents. There are also great networking opportunities throughout the summer.

    Cons

    The week of Orientation is high stress and long hours. If that is not something that is easy to handle, this is not the job for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to get a PhD

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    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Great instructors, good research opportunities, very supportive department with a strong well-ran administration, and good resources available for students.

    Cons

    The pay is low and the hours are long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Administration is very supportive of the students, no comment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Graduate student at the University of Rochester in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

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

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

    Pros

    Laboratory interests cover a wide variety of research areas. Medical center and undergraduate campus right next to each other provide various techniques and opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation is low with high expected hours of work, but similar to other graduate programs. Average duration of the PhD program a bit high.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to learn

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work as a RA and TA, very normal pay. But can learn a lot!

    Cons

    It is a very good place to learn!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more intelligent professors please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice

    Current Employee - History Undergraduate Research Assistant  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - History Undergraduate Research Assistant in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at University of Rochester part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy and interesting if your interested in history.

    Cons

    Mundane and can get boring if you have no interest

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, all good

  10.  

    Great for people with families

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Joel Seligman has been instrumental to positive change and growth for the UR.

    Cons

    No ability to change careers or move up unless you graduated from there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please make it a priority to consider the scope of work to continually review the departmental income disparities and the pay disparities. Grad students working part time make more than some educated and hard working full time staff on campus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    It was excellent!

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Rochester, NY

    I worked at University of Rochester full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    work experience, friendly people, good benefits ...everything was great.

    Cons

    nothing as such...i had a very good experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing as such...management is really nice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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