Rockefeller University Reviews

Updated Aug 3, 2020

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4.3
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Rockefeller University President Richard P. Lifton
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57 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits, especially for academia(in 20 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, smart community, great core facilities, nice housing close to the beautiful campus(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is more of a "work life blend"(in 8 reviews)

  • "Hard balance work/social life, sometimes the university lacks a better way to connect with the postdocs(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful institution"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great freedom for the self-motivated to excel and collaborate with one another; light administrative burden, no departments.

    Cons

    Like most universities, RU functions as a collection of eighty quasi-independent fiefdoms. Management styles among faculty run the gamut, so your experience is less dictated by RU culture and more by individual lab culture. Mentoring can be extensive or almost nonexistent. Benefits are excellent but pay is barely adequate given its Manhattan location, though typical of other NY universities and nonprofits. Opportunities for advancement can be limited given its size. Usually the only way up is out.

  2. "Challenging place to do a PhD"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location is great and the campus is beautiful Many opportunities to hear great scientific talks Small graduate program

    Cons

    Not many serious courses offered, most are lecture series PI mentorship and lab culture varies widely Students can get lost in post-doc heavy labs Most students spend more than 5 years


  3. "Overall, Great Place To Work"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The science is amazing and the resources are plentiful.

    Cons

    Like most other scientific institutions, it lacks in diversity.

  4. "Great Place to Work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits of vacation, healthcare, retirement, etc....

    Cons

    science vs non-science is an issue with HR

  5. "I've never worked with more sincere and caring people."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment like a large family; incredible work-life balance; frequent and constructive reviews; excellent advancement opportunities; annual cost-of-living salary increases

    Cons

    Health insurance could be a bit better.

  6. "Good science with kind people"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    Important science being done with generally good-natured people

    Cons

    Some members of senior management can be cold

  7. "The Best Place I've Ever Worked"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exposure to the forefront of scientific research. Beautiful campus. Great community.

    Cons

    This job propelled my scientific career - I can't think of any cons.

  8. "Hot mess"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher 
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay is decent.

    Cons

    Admin is a mess. Terrible communication. Favoritism. Teacher “rules” don’t make sense.

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  9. "Great research and a very nice campus"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in New York, NY
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great faculty and staff. Amazing opportunities to learn. Great campus with great location. Only the smartest people around. Intellectually stimulating. All labs are very well funded. Good food on campus. Free gym available. Good perks.

    Cons

    Intellectually demanding. Demanding work schedule (depends on lab and position). Extremely high expectations of performance.

  10. "Postdoc at RU"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Research environment is great! Faculties are approachable, which is an important part of a research organisation.

    Cons

    This can be different at individual levels. My expectations were met here.

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