Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
3.5 of 5 33 reviews
www.sanfordburnham.org La Jolla, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Reviews

Updated Mar 21, 2014
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute – Orlando – “SBMRI Lake Nona”

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3.6 32 reviews

                             

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Kristiina Vuori, MD, Ph.D

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78% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It's OK.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly staff and researchers. Good core facilities.

    ConsLow salary. There is no organization that assures the lowest salary for postdoc researchers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a satisfying experience.

    Post Doc (Current Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsWork/Life Balance is good. Benefits are good. Collaborative research environment with great access to core facilities. HR is very helpful regarding visa and immigration issues.

    ConsCompensation is poor for postdocs (unless you have your own fellowship). Poor career advice and support (depending on PI).

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    Good research center, gloomy future.

    Post Doc (Former Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsVery collaborative environment. Good seminars. In general, facilities -specially the animal facility- offer a great and prompt service and have very helpful staff. For foreign employees, the manager of the International Office offers an excellent service and advice. Free parking.

    ConsLately many groups are having money struggle and either leaving SBMRI or firing lots of people. The work atmosphere is turning quite depressing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhere is the money of the patrons and fundraisers exactly going?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cutting Edge Research

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPassionate individuals who care deeply about the work they are doing and how it will benefit society and healthcare.

    ConsNot much interaction with individuals not in lab, very quiet, somewhat lonely environment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall good place to pursue a career in biomedical research

    Lab Manager (Former Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsGreat work environment, friendly and productive atmosphere. Good mix of grad students and post docs.

    ConsNo childcare facilities, not the best lace to work when you want to raise a family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake better care of your students and postdocs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great physical environment, great people, may not be the best place for career advancement

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    Pros-Prime location on the Torrey Pines Mesa that's hard to beat.
    -Well estabilished infrastructure and good facilities support.
    -A friendly, collaborative and casual culture.
    -Efficient and accessible administrative support.

    Cons-Going from a postdoc position to a permanent position or assistance professor can be difficult.
    -No tenure track.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Research

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    ProsBig picture of medical research

    ConsEverything. Work environment and hours

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice. It is a tough economy and hard to get funding, so that fact that they expect me to work more and pay me less is merely so they can survive. I'm not sure what else they can do since it is the nature of academia.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Multidisciplinary research with excellent infrastructure

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsOverall environment is friendly, cooperative and collaborative which makes it feasible to conduct multidisciplinary science. One of the strengths of SBMRI is its excellent core facilities including high throughput screening capabilities which enables academic researchers to do drug discovery.

    ConsPost-doc salaries are low considering high cost of living in San Diego-La Jolla area and are not increased as often as it should be. In spite of pursuing excellent research, the name of the institute is not well recognized as it has changed several times in last 10 years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be more efficient to retain the administrative staff who have been at the institute for a long time as they understand the system and functioning of the institute much better. Also, please do not change the name of the institute again.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learned a lot but no place to advance.

    Research Associate (Former Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsVery helpful people. Learned a lot about the science.

    ConsNo higher position to advance towards.

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    Highly recommended

    Graduate Student (Current Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsHigh level research
    Competitive
    High level of resources

    ConsGreat for post doctoral fellows but graduate program is growing and soon to be accredited

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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