Henry M. Jackson Foundation

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Updated Jun 22, 2014

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3.5 53 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Henry M. Jackson Foundation President John W Lowe

John W Lowe

(27 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Excellent company when management can get their act together

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsManagement! 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 Senior ManagementGet your act together and quit screwing over your workers by loosing contracts!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Steady employment with a good work-life balance

    Coordinator (Current Employee) Silver Spring, MD

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

    ConsNot much room for growth or advancement and plenty of politics to work around to get things done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was a good expereince

    Research Associate (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great mission, great benefits

    Human Resources Professional (Former Employee) Rockville, MD

    Prosbenefits, work-life balance, training opportunities

    Consleadership does not walk the walk

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    stable workplace

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee) Rockville, MD

    ProsWork with awesome colleagues and experienced program managers.

    ConsNo complains about the Foundation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetence across the board

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, nothing else. No growth potential, unless your rat your colleagues out , which is what the majority of the employees does.

    ConsPoor management, total incompetence, departments work against each other, hating each other and competing. Two major layoffs in the past two years, no regard or respects for employees whatsoever. People get thrown out in the street like dogs after 25 years of loyal service. Only HR does not get affected, although the entire department is too large, too incompetent and damn lazy. Employees who were chosen to be let go were caught by hand at the entrance in the AM, dragged into a conference room next to the lobby and thrown out without being able to pack their stuff or say good-byes to co-workers. The way upper management treats people is unheard of! No wonder, the company is sinking and losing business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire, you are too old!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    Henry M. Jackson Foundation Recruiting Manager responded to this review

    May 15, 2014

    HR would be more then happy to speak to you with regards to your concerns. We have an open door policy.
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    This WAS a great place to work, 5 years ago.

    (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It WAS a good place to work.

    Anonymous (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsGood benefits. Interesting work. Good location.

    ConsThere 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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    mixed

    OSP Grants Specialist (Current Employee) Bethesda, MD

    Prosgreat benefits, 403B plan and compensation

    Consfavoritism, no career progression,

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpgrade its the 21st century

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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