Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

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Difficult to recommend

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Casual atmosphere, generous benefits, generous parties.

Cons

A large number of prominent and respected scientists left because of stagnant leadership and politics. Several scientists have reacted online, but it doesn't look like management or the board are bothering to respond to any of the criticisms.

Casual atmosphere is relaxed, and tolerates some harassing behavior. Several people say supervisors just ignore review time, so it's hard to get increases or even cost of living.

Core administration staff is being outsourced and many others are just plain leaving. The whole place is emptying out in general. A number express the opinion that it's impossible to care what happens to the place.

It's a hard place to recommend, since it looks like it's dying.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once an important biomedical research institute, S-K is in the final stages of collapse due to aggressive mismanagement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

    Pros

    Good medical, dental, vision care, and retirement benefits. A few good people remain, as do some fond memories. Management sponsors frequent celebratory parties.

    Cons

    Our 93 year-old founder remains in control through a hand-picked, uncomprehending board. Against all advice, he installed a director who did not want the job and does not direct. Our strongest labs have closed, and our main research facility is about to close. Most scientific and administrative talent has gone elsewhere or retired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and place the institute and its endowment in the hands of an independent group able to rebuild its staff, facilities, and reputation.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    A great place to work, limited by its finances

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

    I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute (more than a year)

    Pros

    Smith-Kettlewell is a great research organization. It offers tremendous freedom to pursue projects, as long as they involve the understanding of and improvement of human vision. The environment is friendly and the people are top-notch.

    Cons

    Its major problem is its size. It is small, which it difficult to compete with large research institutions, such as big universities. It also limits its economic resources, so that your employment must rely on external (soft) money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is an impressive institution hampered by economics. Some new methods of funding must be found for it to continue.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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