Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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Headquarters Chevy Chase, MD
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1953
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

The fortune that once belonged to a man afraid of germs and disease is now helping to fight them. The not-for-profit Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is one of the largest private medical research organizations in the US. Unlike most such organizations, HHMI directly employs the researchers it funds (through a multibillion-dollar endowment) and provides needed equipment and facilities. Its staff of some 350 "investigators," as the institute calls them, includes more than a dozen Nobel Prize winners. The organization concentrates primarily on such biomedical areas as... More

Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Why Work For Us?

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Our colleagues share a common passion for solving intellectually challenging problems.

We encourage collaborative and results-driven working styles and offer an adaptable environment where employees can function at their highest level. As HHMI scientists continue to discover important breakthroughs, you can be sure that your contributions while working at HHMI are making a difference around the world.

HHMI is widely recognized as the world’s foremost medical research organization and a leading light in science education. We have achieved this leadership role by aligning our mission with our vision, capitalizing on change, and encouraging risk taking, and fostering innovation. At the root of our work is the belief that significant advances in science are made possible when exceptionally talented researchers are given the time and freedom to pursue their interests and challenging, long-range questions.


At HHMI, you are not just an employee—you are part of a creative and talented team with colleagues whose expertise ranges from biomedical research to investment management, from information technology to law. Together, we are working toward a common goal—advancing biomedical research and promoting science education.

Whether you work at a laboratory located at one of our partner universities, medical schools, or research institutions; field offices; Janelia Farm Research Campus; or Chevy Chase, MD, headquarters, you will be surrounded by an extraordinary group of people who challenge each other every day to do their best work. 

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  Former Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA

Pros: Great benefits, particularly health & dental. One of the best health insurances in the USA, if not the best.
Organization-wise, they are very good, particularly HR-department.
Generous with covering reimbursement costs.
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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Chevy Chase, MD Jan 2012 Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interview Details – I came in for 3 separate interviews...1)Recruiter + Manager, 2) Recruiter + Manager + Department, 3) Recruiter + Manager + Associate Director + VP. It was time consuming since I was working and had to take off each time, I wish it was more organized.Full Interview

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