Jackson Laboratory Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
46 Reviews

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  1.  

    Prepare for traffic frustration in the summer unless you live close by

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Nice area geographically, well respected institution with great retirement plan. Some very bright people and management that is generally supportive of changes for improvement.

    Cons

    This is an institution with some serious growing pains. Behind the scenes there tends to be confusion at times and poor communication among the many expanding groups. There is an attempt to improve processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The achille's heel of the operation is attracting and keeping younger workers who will perform well and stick around for a bit. As this labor force gets older and fewer the lab will be challenged in meeting the evolving increase in production demand.

    Recommends
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Manager in Bar Harbor, ME

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefit, beautiful environment, small town

    Cons

    Hard to adapt changes, life during winter is hard

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve employee accountability

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Contract Scientist

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Consultant in Bar Harbor, ME

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Contract job to do a fair amount of work in a decent amount of time.

    Cons

    lack of benefits... hence contract work

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  5.  

    I love the people I work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great 403b. Great benefits, my boss's are awesome and I look forward to going to work everyday.

    Cons

    We didn't get a pay increase last year and may not get one again this year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting people from Bar Harbor travel to Sacramento every few weeks! Have them set up conference calls if they need to connect with their peers on the other coast. It would save the lab so much money. I imagine these things must go before the board committee which would show a lot of the same names over and over. Why can't someone say "there is reason for most of these people to go to Sacramento every 4-6 weeks, let's see if we can cut it down to twice a year?" I have noticed a lot less food catering which is probably saving some money, but not the thousands of dollars travel reduction would!

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  6.  

    Lots of positive changes

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    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on a variety of projects at one time. Valuable experience with numerous mouse models. Great technicians. Beautiful new facility (if you've ever worked in academia, the money they've poured into the workspace and equipment will make you swoon).

    There seemed to be a few recurring problems when I was there --holes in the training program, lack of accountability for certain areas of management, lack of transparency/communication between coasts, meetings to decide when to have a meeting to schedule the next meeting--but a new "no nonsense" manager seemed to be picking up the pieces just as I was leaving.

    Cons

    High turnover. Work/life balance can easily shift toward work. Difficulty retaining a lab manager. Restructuring of management's reporting structure every 6 months that seems to result in a confusion of who is responsible for what and tasks (mostly training and oversight) get skipped entirely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take recommendations for positive change from those inside the lab seriously. Instead of playing musical job titles every six month, clearly determine who is responsible for what and hold them accountable. If people cannot fulfill their responsibilities, whether they be in the lowest or highest positions, cut them loose.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    I interned there during the summer and enjoyed the experience.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Intern in Bar Harbor, ME

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I, along with other summer students, was provided with housing, food, and stipend. It's located in a small beautiful town and if you like going to the beach and hiking, then you'll enjoy it, especially during the summer. The lab also provides a shuttle for workers throughout the year, if I am not mistaken. There are also free buses for everyone around town, only in the summer because the town receives a lot of tourists during this time.

    Cons

    Unless you own a car, transportation around Bar Harbor can be difficult during winter and spring. The shuttles provided by the lab are only during morning to transport workers to and from work.

    Recommends
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people doing good work at a beautiful, albeit expensive, location

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    Great research happening here. Very academic atmosphere, exciting to hear about all the great advances coming from the scientists. Largest employer in Hancock County, one of the biggest in Maine. Your co-workers and peers are great, as are the scientists at all levels. Management and administration, not so much.

    Cons

    Housing costs in Bar Harbor/MDI are very high so odds are you'll need to commute from Trenton, Lamoine or Ellsworth. Commuting in the summer can take a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    JaxFit makes me sad. Having to bring our 'passport' to places and get 'stamped' in order to decrease our health insurance deductible is insulting, degrading and humiliating. We are not grade schoolers, show some respect and trust in your employees.

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  9.  

    Good place

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bar Harbor, ME

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    - unstressful
    - flexible working hours
    - exposed to many new researches

    Cons

    - not really an IT place
    - Bar Harbor is an isolated place, if you want a more convenient life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

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  10.  

    Working on an island in Maine

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    You are interacting with top scientists from around the world.

    Cons

    Communication doesn't happen within the labs, or between the labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those who are doing the work that the scientists rely on.

    Recommends
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  11.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    lab is very stable and work friendly

    Cons

    winter is a bit too long

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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