Henry M. Jackson Foundation Reviews

Updated March 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Great benefits, good pay, some allowance for flexible working arrangements (in 12 reviews)

  • Decent salaries and good benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • There is not much room for growth at the headquarters location (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Contracting is fickle but HJF takes care of it's people

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator

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

    Pros

    HJF cares about employees and takes care of them. Unfortunately they lost the contract

    Cons

    it is a contracting company so it can loose the contract and you will be working for someone else (or not working if you are not lucky)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to increase knowledge of what is going on with contracts.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. HJF is great; the worksites are case-by-case

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

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

    Pros

    The people at HJF headquarters are wonderful: very helpful. The benefits are impressive as well.

    Cons

    HJF as a contracting company is very good, but your worksite mileage may vary. If you are placed in a hostile situation, there's not much that HJF seems to be able to do for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HJF needs to have more "teeth" when dealing with military/government workers who are not treating their employees with respect.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Staff Scientist a.k.a. contract program officer

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    High salary, great way in the back door

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Good, stable job but not much advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

    Pros

    Environment, benefits, people considerate and colloquial.

    Cons

    Growth, status and challenging work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to develop career paths.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

    Pros

    Benefits, Federal holidays, leave package, retirement plan, meaningful company mission

    Cons

    Lack of communication between departments

  8. Great place

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

    Pros

    there are nice benefits, yet some are quite expensive

    Cons

    there are few raises and they are based on performance reviews

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Okay experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

    Pros

    They provide great benefits to their employees

    Cons

    They put a cap on salary/rewards that supervisors are allowed to offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better culture that makes the employee feel part of the organization and not just a "worker" for the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation

    Pros

    Great benefits, salary. Supportive local coworkers.

    Cons

    Functional areas at HJF HQ are slow to respond or act.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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