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a good place to get publications fast

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Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dundee, OR
Current Employee - Post Doctoral Scientist in Dundee, OR

I have been working at Medical Research Council

Pros

very demanding environement but makes you progress in your career. Gets you publications, a good job and excellent recommendations to future employers.

Cons

A bit of a machine

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    Institute of Hearing Research Nottingham

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Medical Research Council full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of facilities, lots of core MRC funding. dedicated institute and good connections with external speakers. Plenty of training opportunities in management or scientific areas.

    Cons

    A lot of senior research staff run the place like an old boy's club. Dissenting discussion is frowned upon, junior members are not respected for their scientific contribution. Some members of senior staff are at best, complacent, and at worst inept at good quality research. Bullying is common-place, HR takes no interest in resolving situations involving more 'well-known' members of staff out of fear of upsetting them because they add to the IHR's reputation. Extremely high turn-over of junior staff and withdrawal of PhD students is indicative of poor working environment.

    Very unfriendly culture for those with a family. Culture that scientists must work long hours abounds and comments are frequently made to those who work a normal 9-5 set about poor commitment.

    Almost all administrative aspects of the organisation are utterly opaque.

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    All the departments are pulling in their own direction to make a name for themselves and are exploiting the institute and those working beneath them to do so. An insular culture has been developed that breeds bullying and victimisation and management and administrative departments have to do something to save this institute.

    I hope that the MRC take note and install some level of oversight and accountability to the institute, it has the potential to lead the world in hearing research... Right now it's creating a generation of researchers who will go elsewhere with nothing good to say about it.

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  2. The Institute of Hearing Research, Nottingham: Negative working conditions and poor senior staff

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Researcher in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Medical Research Council full-time

    Pros

    The institute has excellent resources (example: it has its own building) and is well funded by the MRC. Some training courses are available (examples: writing and presentation skills)

    Cons

    Senior staff at the institute are widely incompetent and do not respect their less senior colleagues. Bullying by the senior staff is widespread. Human resources do nothing to fix the situation. Discontent all round.

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    I implore the MRC to review the senior staff and program leaders. They should interview the junior and mid-level staff regarding how they have been managed and conduct exit interviews. Most are too scared to speak out.

    Doesn't Recommend
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