Jackson Laboratory
2.9 of 5 42 reviews
www.jax.org Bar Harbor, ME 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 9, 2014

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Jackson Laboratory President & CEO Dr. Edison T. Liu

Dr. Edison T. Liu

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Has the potential to be a top employer

    Animal Care (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    Pros- Good benefits package: insurance and great retirement
    - New gym (built late 2013), New Cafeteria (built early 2014)
    - High rate of company expansion = never a shortage of work
    - Lots of overtime opportunities for workaholics
    - Decently diverse work force (in Production anyway)
    - Possibility to work with really good people
    - Work shifts help avoid traffic (start times anywhere from 4:30am-7:30am)
    - Sometimes the company springs for lunch

    ConsRegarding the Sacramento Animal Care branch:

    This company has an enormous amount of potential, but expectations of employees are set too high to realize this. The bottom line seems to be the primary influence when it comes to decisions about workflow.

    Production teams are minimally staffed--the company only staffs just enough technicians to one group so that weekly assignments are only completed on-time if everyone works at 120% all day, every day. This extreme demand for employee efficiency creates a never-ending pool of overtime to cover for anyone that calls-out, giving technicians an even larger workload than the one they were already working extra hard to finish. These high demands often result in employee injuries, which further aggravates the under-staffing issue.

    While compensation is somewhat decent (starting entry level wage is $12-14/hr), there are several competing companies in the vicinity that offer better pay for much less work. This is one major contributing factor to the high turnover of employees--a running joke among nearby competitors is that JAX is a stepping stone; they train technicians for other companies. It's sad because this company easily has the capability to be on the opposite side of that joke.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is a non-profit company. Stop acting like you're not. While expansion is great, you need to not lose focus on one of your foundations--the Animal Care Technicians. Employee morale wouldn't be so low if you not only listen to concerns, but actually take them into consideration.

    Have realistic growth expectations. You can't expect to double production within a year, when it'd take twice as long to build the competent, loyal, and satisfied workforce to support it. You end up putting too much strain on the existing technicians.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best in the area

    Animal Care Technologist II (Current Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    ProsPeople know each other and help out. Workers care about their jobs. Salary is pretty good for the area, and it's hard to get a job with benefits better than this.

    ConsAdvancement and promotion are slow. Some departments have backstabbers, but you will find that everywhere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, great, but my group poorly managed.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    ProsAcadia National Park surrounds the attractive campus and small-town life means no gangs, few drugs, low crime rate, etc. Fantastic place to raise kids and to enjoy outdoor activities. Some nice benefits like a turkey, ham, or fruit basket (or donate same to charity) for every employee at Xmas. Some (rare) managers are truly fantastic.

    ConsManagement skills are frequently sorely lacking as most senior and junior managers are people with Ph.D. in science with no management training or natural skills. Professional development is nonexistent for software employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Postdoctoral Associate (Current Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    Prosprovide good benefits for postdoc

    Consthe place is too isolated, and the research groups here are not very strong

    Advice to Senior ManagementN.A.

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    It is a place good for family with young kids.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsJackson Laboratory allows for the flexible working hours and sometimes work from home. Bar Harbor is a very nice place to live.

    ConsThis place is good for biologists, but not other technical professionals. The training opportunity is very limited if you are not biologist.

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    It is a place where supervisors do not seem to want to treat you like you are a person with some intelligence.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBest reasons: Vacation/Sick time. At one time I would of said it was because Rick Woychik was leading the Jackson Lab. He cared what his employees thought and instituted a lab wide review once a year to get inpute from everyone at the lab. He showed that he cared about the people that the Lab employed by taking an interest in us!

    ConsNot enough feed back from supervisors on the job you are doing, they tend to tell you only what they feel you should know, we tend to learn the rest from gossip. They are not always truthful and seem to fight communication. If Supervisors were more proactive in communicating with their employees, maybe there would not be a need for the amount of gossip there is at the lab!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhen we use to have a survey done once a year at the Lab. It seemed that the managers were more concerned with who said what. Maybe they should be more proactive in dealing with the problems instead of just emailing people after the survey was done, saying, "If you need to talk with me please feel free". Then after emailing this to their employees, they feel that they have done everything they could to deal with the department problems and nothing else gets done. Rick Woychik cared about the employees and showed it in everything he did at the Lab. Now that he is gone, I hope that the Lab does not go back the the way it use to be before Rick came to the Lab!

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