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Good place to conduct research but be aware of isolation

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Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

I worked at NIH full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

1. Good exposure to many different areas of biomedical research.
2. Offer many opportunities to interact with fellows and PI (but one needs to be more outgoing, "step out of the comfort zone".
3. Still not too constrained by budget restrictions although money has become tighter and tigher.

Cons

1. Bureaucracy is slowly killing off the good joy of doing science. Nowadays, support personel (secretary, office manager, HR) has become your boss. More and more rules are put in place to restrict reagent purchase, travel, etc.
2. Strangely, one can feel very isolated in this place. A lot of internal bickering, elbowing can be seen in many groups. One needs to step out of his group, interact with other labs to fully benefit the opportunities, otherwise, you can be left in your own corner. Speak up, step out to get help, no one will come to you willingly to provide help.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of most of the support personel (office/lab managers, HR, etc.). Use the money to hire more research personel (fellows, post-docs, staff scientists). Get rid of the ridiculous time limit one can spend as research fellow, or visiting fellow.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time (less than an year)

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    the biggest biomedical research institute of USA

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good environment of research and colleage

    Cons

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