Jackson Laboratory
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www.jax.org Bar Harbor, ME 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Jackson Laboratory President & CEO Dr. Edison T. Liu

Dr. Edison T. Liu

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    Great place to work

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    ProsGood benefit, beautiful environment, small town

    ConsHard to adapt changes, life during winter is hard

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove employee accountability

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Contract Scientist

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

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

    Conslack of benefits... hence contract work

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    I love the people I work with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop 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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    Lots of positive changes

    In Vivo Technologist (Former Employee)
    Sacramento, CA

    ProsOpportunity 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.

    ConsHigh 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I interned there during the summer and enjoyed the experience.

    Intern (Former Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    ProsI, 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.

    ConsUnless 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    (Current Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsHousing 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 Senior ManagementJaxFit 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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    Good place

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    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

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working on an island in Maine

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bar Harbor, ME

    ProsYou are interacting with top scientists from around the world.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to those who are doing the work that the scientists rely on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslab is very stable and work friendly

    Conswinter is a bit too long

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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