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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Good health insurance for graduate students (in 4 reviews)

  • Great benefits (Health / Dental / Vision) (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • difficult to live on long island with the pay (in 7 reviews)

  • Retirement benefit, cost of living (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work !!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    collaborative environment, beautiful campus, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Hard to find good affordable houses to live close to the campus.


  2. "Amazing work environment"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician II in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician II in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful setting, great benefits and perks, community

    Cons

    pay is in line with academic research institutions which is generally low, especially for the cost of living

  3. "Computational Postdoctoral Research Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Motivating research environment.

    Cons

    Majority of the research groups are large in size, and so it could be hard to be intact with PI.


  4. "A well-known place for research"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

    I have been working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice environment, wonderful scenery around. It has an inner harbor by the lab. The trees and hills make it really a cute place, especially in the fall. It holds a lot of very good conferences and meetings, providing an awesome platform for learning.

    Cons

    No other complaints. Salary is relatively not very high.


  5. "Good Place to get great experience"

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    Former Employee - New York in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - New York in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pedigree.
    Great experience.
    Excellent resume builder.

    Cons

    Long work hours.
    Work with extremely type A personlites who don't really have much of a personality.


  6. "Overall, pretty goo"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, great learning experience. Notoriety. 103B retirement plan!

    Cons

    Very tedious work, but you learn a ton by doing it


  7. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good health insurance for graduate students

    Cons

    You do not receive travel compensation

  8. "They think they can get away with not caring"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work being done
    Nice people if you can find them
    Many networking opportunities
    Free talks
    Free food events
    Bar on campus
    Groups you can join (volleyball, bands, tennis)
    Active social groups
    Gorgeous location
    Great benefits (Health / Dental / Vision)

    Cons

    Do not follow safety rules or enforce them! Very unsafe.
    Old facilities
    All about who you know to succeed and climb the ladder
    Some people/labs will backstab/scoop you
    Demanding hours even as a technician (such is science though)

    Advice to Management

    A world renowned laboratory should take better care of their workers.


  9. "Great place to get started"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great place to build the reputable experience that employers in science will honor and respect.

    Cons

    Pay is very low. It won't change because it is very difficult to get a job at this prestigious institution and once you receive a job offer, it is very difficult to weight the opportunity to do good science against sub-par pay.


  10. "Summer Aide"

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    Former Employee - Summer Aide in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Aide in Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in and learn

    Cons

    I would recommend there be longer employment periods for aides

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


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