Henry M. Jackson Foundation

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Henry M. Jackson Foundation Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
57 Reviews
3.3
57 Reviews
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Henry M. Jackson Foundation President John W Lowe
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The benefits are good, the labs are well equipped, there is work schedule flexibility and not much competition (in 7 reviews)

  • Great benefits, good pay, some allowance for flexible working arrangements (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Absolutely no room for growth as a person or as a professional (in 3 reviews)

  • They have done and do good things- but the management style is very basic (in 2 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great contracting company, government supervisor will dictate job satisfaction

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Henry Jackson Foundation (HJF) has excellent benefits and a very responsive human resource team. They offer health, vision, and dental insurance for either yourself or family/domestic partner. The company will allow flexibility, such as telecommuting or alternative work schedules as long as your hours are made, this is of course if your supervisor is also willing. They also offer online courses through their web portal for basic course work to help you learn some of the Microsoft Office suite, other programs, or skills through online learning (again with supervisor approval with some a small fee to the group/person is associated).

    Cons

    The greatest challenges will depend of the supervisor over-seeing the contracted position. The Henry Jackson Foundation (HJF) will allow alternative schedules only under supervisor approval. This has been the most varied part of the job, one supervisor will allow tele-work on Fridays, others want you to work 50 hours a week or come in on weekends. For a salaried position this can put the worker at odds with home/life balance, which is completely dependent on the government supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe most issues and turn over occur due to supervisors (government or contract) not fully understanding HJF policies or over-stepping there boundaries and treating contractors as disposable personnel. I would suggest training which is often offered to employees also be offered to supervisors whom oversee contract employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a place to be your whole career...

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    Former Employee - Epidemiologist
    Former Employee - Epidemiologist

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits with decent pay. Working at off-site locations means that you're sometimes disconnected from the company you work for. This is a pro as it allows you to interact more with the client (in this case, a military organization).

    Cons

    Depending on the contract you're working on, there may not be room for growth. There really aren't any personal development opportunities as well. The con to working in an environment that is disconnected from the "mothership" is that supervisory responsibilities sometimes get murky- individuals who are designated as your supervisor may not have the visibility needed to do your performance review.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Benefits as long as government customers are happy and paying

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits are outstanding. Medical, Dental, VSP are inexpensive and great coverage. Long and Short term disability are company paid. 403b matches 5% dollar for dollar from 0 to 5 years of service, $1.50 per $1 from 5 to 10, and 2 for 1 after 10 years of service.

    Cons

    No chance of promotion or mobility. All positions are tied to government contracts. contract ends so does your employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create opportunities to grow with the foundation. Career advancement is non-existent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, but employer doesn't care about it's employees - only keeping contracts.

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    Former Employee - Research Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits! Pay was pretty good. Loved the work I was doing!

    Cons

    Was told that keeping the contract was of the utmost importance. When coworkers started leaving, company made up stories as to why they were leaving. Not at all happy. Expressed management concerns with HJF, but instead of helping, colleagues and I were called whistleblowers and were continuously in trouble. To note, the management with whom we were having difficulties was removed from their positions after an internal military review. Thanks, HJF, for doing nothing but stand by and watch as your employees got screwed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and take care of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company when management can get their act together

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and salaries, variety of jobs and fantastic, helpful people in HR!

    Cons

    Management! They point fingers at other people/departments for loosing contracts and don't think twice about talking with the workers they screwed over until several months later after they've heard about it from HR! No ability to move up in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and quit screwing over your workers by loosing contracts!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Steady employment with a good work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Coordinator  in  Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Silver Spring, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits for a non-profit, steady work and a good work-life balance, steady work

    Cons

    Not much room for growth or advancement and plenty of politics to work around to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very Good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. You can get to know your colleagues and the other business units,

    Cons

    It is very hard to more to the next step if you are very good at what you do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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 for more than a year

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great mission, great benefits

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    benefits, work-life balance, training opportunities

    Cons

    leadership does not walk the walk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    stable workplace

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work with awesome colleagues and experienced program managers.

    Cons

    No complains about the Foundation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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