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Rockefeller University Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Wonderful environment; free lectures and special events; beautiful campus; free beer on Wednesday nights at the Faculty Club; flexible work hours (in 13 reviews)

  • Great atmosphere, amazing scientists and good benefits (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • small so there is little/no room for promotion unless someone leaves, huge gap between upper management and remaining employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Low turnover means little room for advancement, experience will vary depending on the personality of your supervisor (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    Incredible place with incredible benefits and perks. They really value their employees and treat them well. Really great sense of community and beautiful campus.

    Cons

    Experiences can vary widely depending on the lab you join.

    Advice to Management

    None, this is an excellent institution


  2. "Great place to do a PhD, although postdocs may have a different opinion"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    --Very flexible graduate program (coursework and rotations are up to the student)
    --Great benefits (heavily subsidized housing, good stipend, etc.)

    Cons

    There are only a limited number of labs at the University, so as a grad student if you have your heart set on one particular field of research, you may not find a lab that is a perfect fit.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here, the University and the grad program are both managed very well.

  3. "A great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Professor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Professor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research environment with no teaching responsibilities, excellent benefits, and availability of university-subsidized housing for academic staff. Excellent location on the lower Upper East Side of NYC.

    Cons

    This is mostly a biomedical institution, organized as a collection of independent labs. There are no departments: no philosophy, no literature, no mathematics, no history, etc., so exchange of ideas is limited.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Truly an entry-level position"

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    Current Employee - Animal Attendant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Animal Attendant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The university offers flexible scheduling and not much more.

    Cons

    It is a typical work environment however, the management put a lot of unnecessary stress on the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open-minded and less bias; the workers would truly appreciate it.


  5. "Great employers"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockefeller University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Housing benefits in New York City Upper East Side and child daycare on t he site with great care and education. Furthermore there are many campus wide events that make it a great environment to work

    Cons

    The nature of the job is very competitive and working in such environment makes the pressure for outstanding performance very high.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good job!


  6. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefit including housing, daycare, medical/dental/vision insurances;
    collaborative environment for research

    Cons

    general living expense is high; almost no way to own a car which is not a problem mostly due to the public transportation NYC has


  7. "Great Place for Postdoc Training"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources in a collegial environment that has great minds.

    Cons

    Living expenses are high. Housing is limited. But that is NYC for you.

  8. "senior research associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    competitive, innovative, collaboration, selective, fruitful

    Cons

    arrogant, self-centered, atmosphere, small campus, and narrow


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees are recognized and appreciated

    Cons

    While science is a priority ther are not much opportunities to grow in your proffecion


  10. "A good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Research Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Research Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great scientific environment to do the research

    Cons

    Really did not feel any downsides


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