Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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    Postdoctoral research institute with great facilities

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities, excellent scientists, small and comfortable buildings, decent salaries, convenient location, excellent weather!

    Cons

    Lack of guidance in so many labs, people don't matter, solely publication oriented, no credit given even to the most fruitful, complete lack of culture, values and social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring for the postdocs and they will care for the science! One BBQ a year is not called a social life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good scientific reputation but administrative side is complete mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Exciting to be at a company doing promising research, 401(k) plan can't be beat

    Cons

    The administrative departments (marketing, development, finance, etc.) are an afterthought at best. Most of them are relegated to an ugly building way down the street from the labs, where morale is abysmal. Many people in these departments have never even met the CEO or had a tour of the campus. One guy in development who has been there many years seems to call the shots about who is hired and fired. People live in fear of being laid off for arbitrary reasons while people who do next to nothing get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrate administration with the science side better, and get someone to oversee admin who will boost morale and reward hard work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Non profit setting running with profit style

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Prestigious reputation, great location at center of torrey pine scientific mesa

    Cons

    be careful with everything else: career advance, potential development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    unless you already a VP, don't go there

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