Society for Neuroscience

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3 people found this helpful  

Great coworkers, poor management.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time

Pros

Good benefits, good coworkers, nice office, good hours

Cons

Very little room for advancement, micromanagement, little respect for workers' expertise and professional opinions, very little professional development, meaningless annual review process, low salaries, rigid adherence to hierarchical structure regardless of an individual worker's talents.

One illustrative example: in the space of 12 months, there was upwards of 40% turnover and yet the underlying issues were never addressed. This makes employees feel replaceable and unvalued.

In addition, many people in upper management have a knack for turning what are supposed to be ways of showing their appreciation into just another reminder of how little you are valued as an employee.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A company can have low salary and be a great place to work OR high salary and be a poor place to work. SfN currently has low salary and is a poor place to work.

If you want to improve morale, start respecting workers' professional expertise and ask people what they need from you (instead of assuming what the issues are) and respect them enough to believe what they are saying.

In addition, add a way for employees to provide feedback on their superiors (you might be surprised at what you learn, good and bad) and then believe what they say. Most of the discontent is not just "sour grapes"--it comes from a genuine desire to feel appreciated and respected as a human being and as a professional.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Job with Right Management

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

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    SfN hires very smart, hardworking people and the mission is very motivating

    Cons

    I agree with most of the statements about the micromanagement and top-down leadership style, however some directors have been able to move past this. It's unfortunate that there is generally a lack of trust and empowerment for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about retaining and keeping workers happy -- there seems to be a general idea that people are leaving because they don't stay in jobs for 20 years and not because of the work environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Is SfN a Good Place to Work?

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

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The offices are very nice, if compartmentalized. The location can't be beat, especially its nearness to the Metro, which I use often. The benefits are tops.

    Cons

    Before accepting a job at SfN, consider the comments on this page. Some people do well at SfN, but a lot of people do not. Even if you survive the six-month review, the oppressiveness of the micro-management of senior staff and middle management makes each day going to work painful. You will be more likely to be yelled at and threatened with being fired for not setting the margins of a memo correctly than you will be praised for any good you do.

    If you value job satisfaction and a feeling that your efforts matter, not to mention a sense of well being, turn down the SfN job offer and look elsewhere. If you accept and you want to survive past the six-month mark, remember not to question anything or bring up new ideas. Just do what you're told to do, exactly how you are told to do it, and nothing more. Keep in mind, though, even if you think that you've done everything right, you still might be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your environmentally friendly offices and nice benefits hide a culture of fear and intimidation. People should look forward to coming to work each morning and not dread walking into the building. Relax. Your staff does important work and each and every one of them wants to succeed. Find ways to let them succeed, and trust them. Don't blame others. Look first at what you are doing wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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