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Great place if you want an academic career

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Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

-Virtually unlimited lab resources -No grant writing required, or in some cases not allowed -There are experts in everything, can learn a lot -Good salaries, good benefits, very regular and predictable hours (40/wk).

Cons

-Most research on campus is academic and can be obscure -No path upwards from postdoc, unless you want to be a life long staff scientist. -It's very hierarchical. Your opinions don't matter.

Advice to Management

NCATS is a good idea but will become just another institute with its own politics without constant work.

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  1. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH

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

    Pros

    The resources and facilities are top-notch

    Cons

    Government politics play a role in daily life


  2. Overall good work environment, but politics can play a big role

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Grants Management Specialist in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Not too stressful. Busy (not some mindless/workless government job), but not too insane. Decent training. Safe campus.

    Cons

    If you get in the doghouse, it's impossible to get out. There is a bit of office politics and favoritism. Upper management can be a bit icy. Not the family feel that some companies may have.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites and stop hindering growth. Allow individuals to be individuals - not everyone is a clone/robot. Also, the micro-managing can be annoying, and the new policies seem to be never-ending. Just go with it for a while. Not everything has to be changed every 5 minutes for upper management to feel like they are doing something.


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