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Excellent place to do research
Computational Postdoc Fellow (Current Employee) –  New York, NYAugust 14, 2017
The best place in the world for life sciences and education, a lot of high level conferences every year for scientists around the world to communicate.
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Exciting place to work
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYJune 29, 2017
Very productive and exciting place to conduct science. Highly competitive. A lot of meetings and conferences. Opportunities to meet very famous people from Science.
Pros
Science-wise, an exciting place. Good benefits.
Cons
Hard work. Salaries not so good.
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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a world-renowned scientific research facility on Long Island
Business Systems Analyst (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYJune 15, 2017
Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is a preeminent international research institution, achieving breakthroughs in molecular biology and genetics and enhancing scientific knowledge worldwide.
Great place to work.
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Great place to start
Laboratory Technician II (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYMay 23, 2017
This is a great place to start and learn a lot of useful skills. Management is not good and there is no room for advancement. Benefits are very good and pay is extremely low.
Pros
Learn great skills, benefits
Cons
Management is bad, pay is very low, no advancement
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Best Summers Ever
Course Logistics Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYApril 3, 2017
I worked in the Meetings and Courses Department and had a blast every summer. It's lots of hard work but I had a ton of stories to tell at the end and made lots of connections.
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Good place to work
Grounds keeping Foreman / Garbage Truck Driver (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYAugust 24, 2016
Cold spring harbor is a nice place to work. I like the benefits they offer. However, The pay can be better. Overall its a great organization.
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Place is straight forward like any other job, just too many eyes watching what you do.
lab (Former Employee) –  NYApril 8, 2016
If you need temp job for now its alright. no future. there pay scale in what is expected does not match what you get paid in the work you do . low pay in this day and age, no union.

some mgmt arnt nice people, and take advantage ..
sometimes uncomfortable environment when your always being watched.
Pros
great working hours, some nice hard working people, breaks
Cons
too many list, low pay, no union, benefits are too much, need better retirement, some people arnt too nice
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Very organized and everyone who works is a team player.
Events Server (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYApril 1, 2016
Most of what I do for CSHL is setting up multiple dining areas for brunches, lunches, and dinners. We serve the scientists, researchers, and other scholars who come in for meetings. We serve about 200-500 people throughout the day so the people who work behind the scenes pull together and make sure they are doing the best they can to make everyone satisfied with their dining experience. The people in the kitchen are putting together trays and dishes non-stop, the servers are responsible for bringing out the food, and the utility personnel are responsible for managing dishes. During these activities management is running around making sure that all the staff are alright and also checks in with all the guests seeing that they are satisfied with their meal. Before we set up these rooms we are able to eat lunch or dinner for free. The only drawback is that sometimes the food is cold or not fully cooked, but for really major events we are served the best food. The only hard part of the day is switching between dining setups throughout the day. Overall this job has treated me very well, there aren't too many things I dislike about working here because this job has helped me to financially get through college and other expenses.
Pros
Free lunches and dinners
Cons
Certain supplies can't be found because they are scattered between all floors.
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good research
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYMarch 23, 2016
very good research instistute. You can gain a lot of experience and interact with many scientist since there are a lot of meeting year around.
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Being with people I enjoyed working with everyday
Scientific Secretary - Grants Office (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, New YorkJanuary 26, 2016
My coworkers at CSHL were a very tight group who helped each other whenever there were deadlines or last minute submissions.
Pros
cafeteria on grounds
Cons
no bonuses
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Friendly and educational environment
Helpdesk Support Technician/Tech Support I (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYAugust 30, 2015
One of the best jobs.
Pleasant and peaceful environment.
All Departments strive for excellence.
Provide adequate resources and training for growth.
Pros
discounted lunches and supplied multiple avenues for training
Cons
n/a
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Great place
Lab Manager (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYJune 5, 2015
Pay wasn't awesome for what i did but the benefits where fantastic (best I've had in my whole work experience).

great community, has the feel of a very academic oriented college campus. Management was very fair, transparent, and positive. As long as you work hard and do your job you'll get along great here.
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Inspirational place with great scientific opportunities
Postdoctoral Fellow (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYAugust 1, 2014
Pros:
- very interactive scientific culture
- state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
- free access to a rich collection of scientific meetings and courses
- excellent benefits package

Cons:
- very remote, no "non-biological" natural sciences on campus
- high cost of living
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Good place to work at
Research Scientist (Current Employee) –  Syosset, NYApril 2, 2014
Very good research facilities.
Great scientists to talk with. People are helpful and always nice.
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Great place to work as a postdoc; very social and interactive lab.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYJuly 21, 2013
The individual labs are a bit difficult to break though, but most labs work well together. The atmosphere is academic with a fairly strong work ethic. The Lab works hard to improve the lives of its postdocs and graduate students and gives easy access to education and top-notch scientists. The pay at first glance appears competitive, but because Long Island is so expensive, it turns out not be. Good Benefits, however.
Pros
great atmosphere; friendly people; interactive
Cons
Sometimes a bit difficult to get to know others in different labs.
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Great view, great research environment
Rotation graduate student (Former Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYMay 21, 2012
1. great view at the harbor
2. Great research environment, host good seminars.
3. CSHL meeting are the best academic meetings
4. a lot of social and intelligent interactions inside the lab
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Great place to start!
Laboratory Technician II (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYMarch 16, 2012
Great place to begin. Benefits are pretty good but pay is very low and there is not room for much advancement.
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Fast paced food and beverage department.
Lead Bartender, Event Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Cold Spring Harbor, NYFebruary 10, 2012
-EVENT SUPERVISOR: responsible for ensuring proper food preparation and food service for over 300 customers on a daily basis serving both breakfast and lunch. Responsible for preparing, delivering and setting up regularily scheduled special lunches and short-notice special lunches for senior leadership and VIP’s. Responsible for banquet preparation of all cold served dishes for up to 500 attendees.
LEAD BARTENDER: utilized high levels of energy and superior multi-tasking abilities to serve customers in this fast-paced establishment. Works the main bar on a regular basis and also works all special events serving high level laboratory employees, visiting VIP’s and well-renowned benefactors of the labs. TIPS certified.
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