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Rockefeller University Reviews

Updated June 14, 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. "Excellent. One of the great American institutions"

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

    Pros

    The environment, people and history are fantastic. Some of the smartest people on earth work at the university. They are open and accessible

    Cons

    No real job growth. You start and end with the same job from the day you were hired. Some people don't mind this, but it can get old

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice that I can offer to management. They have run the university for 100 years and are excellent at what they do


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Being a PhD student at Rockefeller has been wonderful"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal labs investigating great areas of biomedical research
    Flexibility of the graduate program (able to take courses at any school in NYC)
    Able to work for any lab, or two at once
    Each lab acts autonomously; so there is very little red tape, and it is incredibly easy to collaborate
    PhD funded by Graduate Program for 5 years
    Strong stipend with affordable housing on NY's Upper East Side
    Incredible support for students with children

    Cons

    Each lab acts autonomously; so your Principal Investigator (PI) has incredible influence on your experience (make sure you carefully choose your PI)
    Given the former, two PhD students with the same intellect and work ethic can have different experiences (which is partially the nature of science)

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if the Graduate Program could be better; the "cons" are just the other side of some great "pros".


  4. "Experience at Rockefeller University"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY

    I have been working at Rockefeller University full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, nice people, very good human resources

    Cons

    a bit competitive, no other comment

    Advice to Management

    -


  5. "Great place to conduct research."

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

    Pros

    Supportive community and strong core facilities.

    Cons

    Lean on promoting the biotech industry.


  6. "It is a great place to work"

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

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best place for scientist

    Cons

    It is located in an expensive area


  7. "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, friendly
    They definitely treat their employees with respect

    Cons

    The Pay is ok, but not great and there isn't really a career path for research staff.


  8. "Rockefeller University is the THE place to be for researchers"

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    Former Employee - Scientific Programmer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Scientific Programmer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockefeller University full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefit
    good community activities
    good HR and management team

    Cons

    salary could be higher for research support staff


  9. "The warmest, most supportive and collegial work environment I have ever experienced."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    From day one I was met with the friendliest team of professionals I have ever encountered in my career. The entire group works as a real team and supports each other in every project whenever necessary.

    Cons

    This is not really a con, but you will never want to leave. I have had many opportunities to move on from Rockefeller, but I have never found anything quite like the atmosphere of success at Rockefeller.


  10. "They Take Care of Their Students"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Fellow in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Fellow in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic environment for learning how to be a scientist. The graduate program is very thoughtful and supportive of the needs of the students and is willing to work with their individual goals. Wonderful access to leading researchers. The housing is amazing.

    Cons

    Really not much from a student's perspective.


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