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Overall, great, but my group poorly managed.

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Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Bar Harbor, ME
Current Employee - Business Analyst in Bar Harbor, ME

I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

Pros

Acadia National Park surrounds the attractive campus and small-town life means no gangs, few drugs, low crime rate, etc. Fantastic place to raise kids and to enjoy outdoor activities. Some nice benefits like a turkey, ham, or fruit basket (or donate same to charity) for every employee at Xmas. Some (rare) managers are truly fantastic.

Cons

Management skills are frequently sorely lacking as most senior and junior managers are people with Ph.D. in science with no management training or natural skills. Professional development is nonexistent for software employees.

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    JAX West is like waking up in a nightmare 5, 6, or sometimes 7 days of the week.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Research Associate  in  Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    You get the technical skills and experience you need quickly, through the daily demands of an insane work schedule, to attain a real career position at a real company.

    Cons

    A regular work week is 10 hours/day M-F and then your weekend is coming in for 6 hours here, or 4 hours there depending on the demands from being short staffed. Work-life balance is non- existent. If you have plans outside of work supervisors will expect you to cancel them to stay late while they leave early. There is too much work for too little people in In Vivo and this is known by upper management yet ignored to meet the bottom line and accomplish their yearly bonus incentives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease the workload expected out of technicians to maintain a reasonable work week of 45-50hrs. Increase employee compensation and show appreciation for all that they accomplish for you on a daily basis. Finally, expect from your employees what you expect out of yourself; it's utterly ridiculous that technicians are required to put their lives on hold to stay late and come in on weekends while other members of the "team" are out the door or home already.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people doing good work at a beautiful, albeit expensive, location

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory

    Pros

    Great research happening here. Very academic atmosphere, exciting to hear about all the great advances coming from the scientists. Largest employer in Hancock County, one of the biggest in Maine. Your co-workers and peers are great, as are the scientists at all levels. Management and administration, not so much.

    Cons

    Housing costs in Bar Harbor/MDI are very high so odds are you'll need to commute from Trenton, Lamoine or Ellsworth. Commuting in the summer can take a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    JaxFit makes me sad. Having to bring our 'passport' to places and get 'stamped' in order to decrease our health insurance deductible is insulting, degrading and humiliating. We are not grade schoolers, show some respect and trust in your employees.

    No opinion of CEO
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