DOE Joint Genome Institute Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. senior research associate

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company provides very good work-life balance, good steady jobs, relatively stress-free environment. One can learn science using cutting-edge technology. Overall a great work culture.

    Cons

    Since it is government run the pay is modest and no stock options. Career development is limited in terms or internal or lateral transfers.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to increase training and development programs for employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    State-of-the-art sequencing facility and nice work environment

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top notch equipment and great staff. The location is good as it is right on the Iron Horse trail (perfect for biking), and fairly close to BART. The ergonomics team will do whatever they have to do to make sure that you are in a comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    Work can be a bit monotone, and it seems fairly difficult for current employees to advance their positions.

    Advice to Management

    The work atmosphere can be very lax at times, so I would advice management to be more engaging.


  3. Great company

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    Former Contractor - Data Processor in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Contractor - Data Processor in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at DOE Joint Genome Institute as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, encouraging and productive environment to work in.

    Cons

    Some funding issues when I was working there.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    low pay

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    For programmers, can be exciting if you get in the right group (e.g. supercomputing). Once you work out, employment is very stable.

    Cons

    Nearly 10% of salary subtracted to support ailing retirement plan, Salaries are already low compared with those in private industry. Can be exciting if you are in the right group, but lateral moves are very difficult to pull off. You could find yourself in a backwater dominated by a single manager. Computing culture is specific to the group you are in. Senior management are biologists and there is little know-how to develop a better programming culture institution wide.

    Advice to Management

    Management is too top-down. Project managers proliferate in management positions and those with technical expertise have little voice.


  6. Relaxed atmosphere, lots of management turnover

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, not too stressful or demanding. Good community. Good mission.

    Cons

    Not a lot of external pressure to accomplish thinks so not a lot of motivation. Most software groups are small fiefdoms with not a lot of formal process around development, though this has been steadily improving


  7. Helpful (1)

    Unique place where advanced research, applied research and production activities in large scale genome sciences merges..

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst III in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst III in Walnut Creek, CA

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - address the critical world challenges; develop advance technologies - applied current technologies to better characterize the less known organisms with potential to address the world problems - very good at scaling up to production level for large-scale genomics science study

    Cons

    - culture is very different from an academic lab and commercial entity; be ready for surprises - folks are highly specialized, which means you have to talk to many different groups to get things done - you have to know which of the three areas that you prefer and focus yourself accordingly

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the effective management styles are necessarily different for the different activities.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Caveat emptor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If one is on the research side, and favored by management, there are many opportunities to work on interesting scientific projects. The salary and benefits are reasonable, given the general stability of employment.

    Cons

    Upper management shows little (if any) interest in planning, resulting in semi-regular crises. They have a tendency to hire and promote people they feel comfortable with, instead of assessing the needed range of skills & experience. If one isn't on the research side, opportunities for career development or advancement are infrequent.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Stay away from this place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DOE Joint Genome Institute

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable place for doing research Possibly stable but that could change in future

    Cons

    Mediocre upper and mid level leadership (if there is any) Awful politics makes you wonder if the tax payer's dollars are being used well Nepotism/favoritism very visible HR usefulness

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone with some leadership skills and allow them do their job, don't bring in your mediocre cronies


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SRA
    Current Employee - SRA

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Its a stable position that you can work in the biotech sort of field without worry of constant layoffs or mergers

    Cons

    Promotions are few and far between and the positive reinforcement is lacking. the better you are the less cushy the job etc

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more positive reinforcement currently, it is lacking and would be highly beneficial



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