Society for Neuroscience

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Favoritism, bureaucracy, staff overworked...

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Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Department Manager in Washington, DC

Pros

Good location, nice people, comfortable hours

Cons

Senior management doesn't care how much you work, how much you do, how late you stay. Big turnaround, people are always looking lo leave, you won't move up if you don't kiss some large behinds. There are couple of those LARGE behinds which decide the fate of the company and I've seen people who kissed up but weren't qualified got promoted or even got positions created for them. New thing there - delegation of all senior manager's or director's duties down to their subordinates. Now regular staff even more overworked and performing jobs out of their job description without a raise or bonus ever, so the directors can have more time shopping for baby clothes or downloading music. If not for stale, old management, the company could do so much better.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Replace the old concervative director and his stale possy. Seems that they don't care about the direction or the progress of the company. What have changed in the past 5 years? Nothing. It's time to refresh, renew, hire young, ambitious minds, give it a push. It's time to change the oil in this old vehicle and give it an ovehaul.... it needs some new fresh ideas, otherwise it will welt.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other reviews for Society for Neuroscience

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs a lot of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Decent benefits package and nice office.

    Cons

    Turnover is a huge problem at SfN and Directors have no interest in fixing what’s wrong. It’s common knowledge among Staff that they are seen as easily replaceable and not worth investing in. Salaries are non-negotiable and overtime is not only expected, but necessary in order to keep up with the exorbitant workloads. Micromanaging is also an issue for SfN. Even Directors are micromanaged. It’s not uncommon to have your work edited by not only your department head, but every department head, numerous times and to the point that they’re editing their own work. It’s a common feeing among staff that it’s not worth getting work done early because that only results in more rounds of edits. This combined with a false sense of career advancement and lack of work-life balance (in most departments, not all) makes the morale at SfN quite poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fear does not breed respect. Identify the cause of the high turnover rate and fix the issue instead of placing blame on those that leave. You have lost some amazing employees and will continue to do so until you admit there’s a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Beware culture of micromanagement

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Nice offices, nice people, good benefits.

    Cons

    Micromanagement from the top all the way down. Director position is more like middle management with little autonomy. Disparate workload between departments and divisions. Not enough support and staff for revenue generating departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They hire good people but then bog them down with minutia, internal reporting and micromanagement and don't let them do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
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