Stowers Institute For Medical Research

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One of the greatest places to work as a scientist

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Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO
Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (More than 5 years)

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

Pros

- Extremely good support for research. Any experiment you want to do, they will find a way for you to do it. The core facilities are incredible. All equipment from pipettes to desktop computers to confocal microscopes is top of the line and very well maintained.
- Beautiful facility, very good cafe, gym, outdoor areas, library. Fitness classes, English lessons, professional development (training for presentations, learning about alternative careers, etc). Free espresso, lattes, fancy loose leaf tea 24 hours a day! Easy free parking.
- Good benefits, health, dental, retirement. Employees get an additional 15% on top of salary added to a retirement account each year.
-Collegial atmosphere. Sense of collaboration, no great need to sheild your work for fear of colleagues stealing results.

Cons

There's only one con which is difficulty of maintaining work/life balance for students and postodocs. The students in my lab work literally 12-14 hours/day, every day, which at $24k for KU students comes out to much less than minimum wage. This is not forced, it's just the atmosphere of the lab - everyone wants to get ahead and not fall behind. The Pricipal Investigators are the best in their fields, they have acheived a lot and they expect a lot. This is fairly standard at a high level research institute and I think it is somewhat better than average at Stowers, where the Institue at least allows 3 months paid maternity leave even to students, and provides a room for pumping/breastfeeding and a room with tv and games where kids can hang out if you have to bring them in on the weekend. Things are a lot easier for Institute employees, such as core group members and technicians. Those generally work a 40 hour week and no weekends.

Advice to Management

The management is really good about listening to requests directly.

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  1. really good.. very friendly environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good and smart colleagues, great work environment, good funding for research, core facilities very helpful

    Cons

    post-docs not eligible for independent funding, no positions similar to a RAP (Research Assistant Professor) - a position usually available in universities.


  2. enjoyable working environment and wonderful people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Core facility is really supportive so that you can focus on more difficult experiments. Lab managements are good. People are super easy to collaborate.

    Cons

    Not a very interesting place. Not many other medical research institutes or universities nearby.


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