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Rockefeller University Reviews

Updated April 4, 2019
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Rockefeller University President Richard P. Lifton
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  • "Work/life balance tends to be more on the work side" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Could be helpful if providing more career development services" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent affordable day care, health and dental insurance, other on-site yoga classes/nutrition meetings/financial planning, cutting edge research, excellent facilities, subsidized GRE/MCAT test prep from Kaplan for research assistants

    Cons

    Far from subway, long commute if you don't live nearby


  2. "Avoid this place if you can"

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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
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling and some wonderful co-workers

    Cons

    Favoritism, racism, sexism and everything that goes with the unholy Trinity of unprofessionalism.

    Management is extremely unprofessional. There are inappropriate sexual relationships in management and it is not secretive.

    Many of the research technician do not care about the animals that they work with.

    IACUC is extremely weak and doesn't seem to care what goes on in the labs.

    You get promoted base on how much gossip you bring to upper management and not on qualifications.

    Absolutely no diversity in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Please fire yourselves and let qualified people do the job.

  3. "Graduate 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 Rockefeller University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice and helpful people
    Great Academic environment

    Cons

    Life/work balance can be off
    Could be helpful if providing more career development services


  4. "Not great work/life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    -Great learning experience, great mission
    -Health benefits

    Cons

    -Hostile work environment (probably depends on the lab)
    -Terrible work/life balance


  5. "Graduate Fellow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    Reasonable salary (for grad school) and perks; freedom and flexibility in choosing labs.

    Cons

    Relatively minimal advising from Dean's Office; variable advising from lab.


  6. "Do great work in a supportive environment"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked at Rockefeller University Press (part of the university but pretty independent of it). I feel so lucky to have been a part of the press: the work was steady and challenging, the benefits are amazing (one of the best benefits packages anywhere), and my coworkers and the general atmosphere are very supportive and laid back. I feel like I learned a lot while I was here, and that my contributions were valued.

    Cons

    PhD-level scientific subject material can be challenging until you get used to it. Because it's a small press, there are limited opportunities for advancement, but you'll feel very secure in whatever position you have.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Highly competitive, elite research institute that is something of a relic of bygone days."

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of institutional money, great daycare/school for families, good health benefits, beautiful campus, top notch research, lots of flexibility and freedom in terms of the direction you take your work

    Cons

    Gender inequity, no diversity, something of a company town, where University controls all aspects of your life (housing, healthcare, children’s school), mafia like in their management of professional conflict, pressure and pay people to keep quiet, no ombudsman/third party arbitration.

    Advice to Management

    Do some managing.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Postdoc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    Environment, lots of resources, campus, health care, scientific animation

    Cons

    because they can choose their labs and are paid by the university, ambitious grad students can be very pretentious and impose an awkward atmosphere on the labs.


  9. "Postdoctoral Associate at Rockefeller University"

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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

    Very nice environment, good health insurance, amazing opportunities for career growth.

    Cons

    Not so many collaborations between laboratories.


  10. "Graduate Student"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time

    Pros

    Great subsidized housing, supportive community

    Cons

    No travel budget for conferences.