University of Rochester
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University of Rochester Reviews in Rochester, NY

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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87% Approve of the CEO

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman

Joel Seligman

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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.

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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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a learning experience - good times

Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at University of Rochester full-time for more than a year

ProsFriendly faculty (for the most part), free coffee in Hopeman, useful learning experiences

ConsThe weather is ROUGH! Overall not much I can say about this, I have had a pretty good time here.

Advice to Senior Managementkeep it up! There is a definite positive attitude among the coworkers here, and the management as well.

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

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Very research oriented

Doctoral Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at University of Rochester full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmall campus
Research oriented
Faculties very friendly and very helpful
the logistics resources are readily available and accessible to students

Consthe weather here is horrible, it is mostly four to five months of snow.
The number of researchers are fewer as the size of the university is small

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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Great Institution

Administrator (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at University of Rochester full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOpportunities for advancement, good work life balance, professional development

Consdecreasing benefits; salary scales for some positions low

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

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Good place for study

Research Assistant (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

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

ProsProfessor here are very enthusiastic about research and very willing to help you. You can do fantastic research here.

ConsDue to the size of the university, you can not have every equipments here to do research and need help from outside .

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Great research university

Research Assistant (Former Employee)
Rochester, NY

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

Prosgreat opportunity to learn on your own and get into topics you never thought you could do as an undergrad.

ConsVery much on your own. They give you work and you need to figure it out yourself.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

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

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Excellent

Teaching Assistant (Current Employee)
Rochester, NY

I have been working at University of Rochester part-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat administrative team, many opportunities

ConsVery cold weather, small city

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

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Teaching Assistant (Former Employee)
Rochester, NY

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

Proseasy to incorporate into schedule, good pay for college student

Consno lesson plan prep, just assist students based on previous knowledge

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

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