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Updated Jan 7, 2020

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Rockefeller University President Richard P. Lifton
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Pros
  • "Great benefits and work environment(in 23 reviews)

  • "Benefits; intellectual environment, beautiful campus(in 20 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Poor work-life balance, long hours(in 9 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. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to start your career

      Jan 7, 2020 - PhD Student 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people, great location, great benefits, great learning opportunities.

      Cons

      PhDs and postdocs are pretty long. It is almost impossible to fast-track.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Positive experience in my lab

      Nov 14, 2019 - Postdoctoral Fellow 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, smart community, great core facilities, nice housing close to the beautiful campus. Cool faculty club bar that serves free beer 3x a week. Experience will vary widely depending on your PI, but the university itself contributes positively to the experience.

      Cons

      Collaboration is low between labs. Postdocs don't get paid a ton. Work life balance is more of a "work life blend".

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Self-serving laboratory heads

      Nov 19, 2019 - Research Associate in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Infinite resources, genuine and passionate junior and support scientists who unfortunately are bullied by heads of labs

      Cons

      Worst people to ever work for, each scientist is out for their own gain, no problem standing on top of bodies of graduate students and postdocs without giving them any credit for the work

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great, if not the best, environment to work in but overall salary for an RA position low

      Jan 26, 2014 - Research Assistant in New York, NY
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      Pros

      The Rockefeller Univ. is an amazing place to work at. There are, as many people know, a number of excellent scientists here. Core facilities and their availabilities are nothing compared to any other academic institutions I have ever worked at. The campus is very small, and everyone works "together." If you want something, you'll get it, whether that be on campus or outside the campus (cornell, columbia, Mt. Sinai, NYU to name a few that collaborate with many at RU). The HR is on top of everything. Again, it's a small place; things are well taken care of (this include the landscape, too!). Oh, the benefits are second to none. 20days of vacation time?? I have never heard of it. Are we in Europe?? Actually, it's VERY diverse, too. Most likely, a lab consists of less than 50% Americans and the rest from all over the world.

      Cons

      The only cons: 1. The salary is not realistic (for RA) for living in and around NYC. One would typically get 3%-3.5% raise annually, which is NOT even enough to cover annually rising rent. Starting salary for undergrad is 38000, masters 40000. It's still better than (i hear) other academic institutions, but it's hard to get by without spending your saving (if one has ANY) or relying on one's parents (again, if you have any). 2. Depending on which lab, I think, but RAs are pretty much treated as "technicians." NOT research assistants. Most postdocs whom we work with would only expect you to do bench tasks. You would probably have to really demand you want to participate more. In such a case, you'd be working much longer hours than full time in order to attain more intellectual independence. BUT you would never get paid more. the max salary for RAs is 50000 or so.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Postdoctoral Fellow

      May 16, 2016 - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good structure and research environment. Great scientists and mentors, with several opportunities for collaborations and translational research.

      Cons

      Hard balance work/social life, sometimes the university lacks a better way to connect with the postdocs.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Rockefeller treats its postdocs really well.

      Dec 21, 2016 - Research Associate 
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      Pros

      The university treats its postdocs really well. The salary is higher and benefits are better than any other school I have seen, including all NYC schools. The facilities are amazing, and the scientific community is stellar.

      Cons

      The university provides subsidized housing for postdocs, but the housing department is terrible and the rent prices, while low for Manhattan, account 50-90% of the postdoc salary. Expect to dip into savings unless you have a partner who makes a lot of money.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work!

      May 8, 2014 - Postdoctoral Associate in New York, NY
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      Pros

      working with very talented scientists and researchers affordable housing with subsidy and benefits

      Cons

      it's a relatively small research-oriented institute, so there are not well-organized programs for career development for postdocs and students after RU

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great scientific environment

      Jun 19, 2012 - Postdoctoral Fellow in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great infrastructure and resources, on campus bar

      Cons

      more job support for students and postdocs necessary

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