Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Reviews

Updated March 21, 2014
Updated March 21, 2014
34 Reviews

3.4
34 Reviews
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  1.  

    It's OK.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Friendly staff and researchers. Good core facilities.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
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    Overall a satisfying experience.

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    Current Employee - Post Doc  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/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.

    Cons

    Compensation 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.

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    Former Employee - Post Doc  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Where is the money of the patrons and fundraisers exactly going?

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  5.  

    Cutting Edge Research

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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    Overall good place to pursue a career in biomedical research

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No childcare facilities, not the best lace to work when you want to raise a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your students and postdocs.

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

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    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.

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    Research

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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big picture of medical research

    Cons

    Everything. Work environment and hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No 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.

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    Multidisciplinary research with excellent infrastructure

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

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Overall 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.

    Cons

    Post-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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

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  10.  

    Learned a lot but no place to advance.

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

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Very helpful people. Learned a lot about the science.

    Cons

    No higher position to advance towards.

  11.  

    Highly recommended

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    High level research
    Competitive
    High level of resources

    Cons

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

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