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Updated February 25, 2017
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  • Work-life balance isn't a priority (in 16 reviews)

  • Not very safe at the high crime rate city of New Haven (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in New Haven, CT
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge research, access to state of the art equipment, great neuroscience community, freedom to evolve your own research which may depend on your PI.

    Cons

    Highly competitive and fast-paced. Hard to take time off because of the pressure to publish.


  2. "Excellent benefits, but Yale is the epitome of the ivory tower"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Yale University provides excellent benefits, especially great healthcare coverage. Resources at Yale abound and there are many supports and services provided.

    Cons

    Yale exists in a bubble and does not have a good relationship with the New Haven community. Resources are not shared well and bureaucracy prevents any type of positive change from taking place. Yale just doesn't have want I'm looking for - the ability to have true and lasting impact.


  3. "PhD Student's perspective"

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    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - PhD Graduate Student in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources for research; fantastic student peers; prestigious and intelligent faculty

    Cons

    New Haven can be a difficult place to live. Faculty are not incentivized to be good mentors to graduate students. There is a diffuse graduate student community.

    Advice to Management

    Develop standards of mentorship for faculty and incentivize management training.


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  5. "a good school and research institute"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I have been working at Yale University as an intern

    Pros

    people are friendly. relaxing working environment

    Cons

    the location is not very good


  6. "Postdoctoral"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great scientific environment. Talks, seminars, knowledgeable colleagues. Labs are led by independent PIs, as such work environments vary greatly

    Cons

    High paced environment, which is not necessarily a negative. It is a great place for people who want to emerge themselves in science.

    Advice to Management

    Postdoctoral fellows fall mainly under the management of the individual PIs. Management styles vary. Pick a lab in which you are comfortable. You will spend many hours there.


  7. "Postdoc Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Prestigious, high-impact, cutting-edge, respected, Ivy League

    Cons

    Location, weather, stressful, support depends on position, expensive housing


  8. "Teaching Assistan"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Yale University part-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, really making a difference in student's lives.

    Cons

    Everything is very centralized, which can be a bad thing.


  9. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent research opportunities
    - Work with top tiers
    - Great work environment

    Cons

    - Competitive
    - No stability


  10. "Graduate School"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Facilities are very well maintained, great research institution, and full of opportunities to network

    Cons

    the competition is intense, and many people spend much more than the average work week in lab


  11. "Postdoctoral Associate"

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

    I have been working at Yale University full-time

    Pros

    Yale provides some of the best benefits for postdoctoral associates, such 8 weeks paid maternity leave. However, there are no retirement benefits. The health insurance has covered most of my health care, but it is not always easy to get into to see your doctor.

    Cons

    This is a high pressure environment. If you do a postdoctoral position here, you should be prepared to work a lot and be highly productive. The benefits and compensation are different between postdoctoral associate and postdoctoral fellow. Be sure that you understand the difference.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice to have retirement benefits as a postdoc and not have to use the same health care as the undergraduates.



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