Henry M. Jackson Foundation Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits and highly flexible work schedules (in 12 reviews)

  • Decent salaries and good benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Not much room for growth or advancement and plenty of politics to work around to get things done (in 4 reviews)

  • The Henry Jackson Foundation (HJF) will allow alternative schedules only under supervisor approval (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Overall Great Company

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Manager in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Manager in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, laid back environment. HJF has many organizations that have different areas of interest. I work within the IDCRP (Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program).

    Cons

    Heavy and stressful workload at times. Senior leadership tend to micromanage at times and don't always consider workload given to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Leadership should consider workload given to employees, reevaluate management style and refrain from giving employees work that is repetitive and not a good use of time.


  2. An OK place to start

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant Professor in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Sponsors visas for individuals from foreign countries. Most colleagues are friendly; work environment depends on actual supervisor, not HJF. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Despite regulations to the contrary, foreigners are still not paid the same wage as US citizens are. Most employees are hired as contractors with less job security, lower wages, lower status than other university staff.

    Advice to Management

    Try to look into the supervisor's hours, involvement, and how he or she treats employees. I did not feel any support from HJF.


  3. IPA

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IPA in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - IPA in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    wonderful company with great benefits.

    Cons

    Grant base with no stability for long term employment


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  5. Staff Scientist a.k.a. contract program officer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High salary, great way in the back door

    Cons

    dealing with the bureaucracy of being a contractor on top of actual job


  6. Great Company To Work For

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

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

    Pros

    Phenomenal benefits and healthcare and dental plan. Their retirement possibilities are really top notch. Servicing their workers as well is top notch.

    Cons

    Honestly, there isn't much yet because at least in my experience, they have helped a great deal with answering any of my questions.


  7. HJF offers decent benefits and really try to take care of their employees.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    As a postdoc, HJF offered good benefits like matched 403k contributions and nice vacation packages (3 weeks paid per year I believe for postdocs). In addition, they offer good health insurance options.

    Cons

    HJF is a contracting company and manage the grants that come through labs at USUHS or walter reed so their offices are offsite if you're a postdoc. This can by annoying especially when you have to do an orientation or go to their offices for admin things. Also, the yearly raises are very low - no more than 3% of salary which translates to a negligible increase in pay on a postdoc salary.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice for the postdoc salary raises to be higher. It's financially difficult to live in Bethesda with an already low salary which is compounded by the low % raise.


  8. Do not recommend working in IT unless a Junior level or urgently in need of employment. Make no mistake, this is an MSP

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The HQ facility was nice and the company spends a lot of money on IT so you are never in need of equipment or software. Overall good pay and benefits. Depending on your team you could end up with a decent team lead.

    Cons

    Projects are managed in a manner of organized chaos and an, "always at work mentality." Choices in what technology to use are based mainly on emotional decisions by senior management vs what is best used for a specific project. The mix of technology is convoluted at best and ridiculous at worst. No proper test environment available to developers and admins. The IT Staff network is under the same network restrictions as end users making reading, researching IT topics for work, and in general being productive unnecessarily difficult. Make no mistake, this is an MSP serving smaller non profits. Help-desk duties frequent to all levels of employee but not discussed at all in interview. Do not recommend to anyone mid or higher or looking for a specialist role, even if advertised. Talked a good game but Jr level position at best. While I agree in some sense organized chaos and IT go hand in hand, this is by far the most tail chasing environment I was ever a part of.

    Advice to Management

    IT needs clear and concise leadership and organization. Technology choices at all level should be a panel decision. Attitudes toward work life balance should be reviewed. Simply put the IT market is too good in DC area to expect mid and senior level people to put up with some of this.


  9. It was a good expereince

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Very good, intelligent colleagues from all over the world. Your experience on the job will depend on your team/lab/principal investigator and the grant you are working under.

    Cons

    I traveled a lot and my project was in the final year of the grant so there was not a lot of opportunity for promotion the same project. There is a division between the administrative office and the employees doing the research, lab and field work.


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    This WAS a great place to work, 5 years ago.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is interesting and challenging. The benefits and pay are really good. The people at HJF are really good people to work with.

    Cons

    No loyalty to long term employees. The more you make, the more vulnerable you are to a layoff. Managers in certain departments rule by intimidation. The company has had two major layoffs at their headquarters in 2 years, with more rumored. The company grew too large for themselves too quickly and now long term employees are paying the price. I would definitely not suggest anyone go work at HJF until they can control their financial situation and get rid of the managers that spend their days reading magazines in their offices and complaining about how awful the clients are.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your management staff on the next round of layoffs and get rid of some truly dead wood.


  11. Helpful (2)

    It WAS a good place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation (More than 10 years)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Interesting work. Good location.

    Cons

    There is a great sense of fear and instability there. The culture has changed so much over the years. Many managers use fear to motivate employees. There is not much room for growth at the headquarters location. It is definitely an old boys club.



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