Howard Hughes Medical Institute
3.8 of 5 54 reviews
www.hhmi.org Chevy Chase, MD 1000 to 5000 Employees

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews in Ashburn, VA

Updated Jan 24, 2014
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute President Robert Tjian

Robert Tjian

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Top notch researchers, equipment and management working on the biggest problems in neuroscience.

Associate (Current Employee)
Ashburn, VA

I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 5 years

ProsQuality of co-workers and managers is uniformly high. Pay scale is set significantly above market, relative to academia, long-term stability of funding, 17 billion $ endowment, good health-care and other benefits. Semi-subsidized food and housing on the Janelia Farm research campus.

ConsJanelia Farm location can be insulating. While good for raising a family, not a great place for single people. Some of the less famous group leaders may lose funding in the middle of your project. Salaries are below market relative to industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to raise salaries to prevent poaching by big data firms.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great if you're a scientist. Otherwise, I advise looking elsewhere.

Lab Coordinator (Former Employee)
Ashburn, VA

I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than a year

ProsBeautiful facility, highly intelligent employees, decent starting pay, great benefits.

ConsUnless you are one of the scientists, you are not valued. You are basically expected to treat the Lab Heads like Gods. Even the Lab Heads who come in with good personalities soon learn the power they have and take full advantage of it - and become high maintenance prima donnas. There are no salary increases despite solid performance - or the inability to identify what wasn't solid about your performance. There are a ton of politics at play and you cannot trust anyone; even those you think are your friends. Too much drama and stress. Absolutely no reliable communication.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop taking home big paychecks for doing nothing more than delegating everything to those below you and then basically laughing at them while you get away with doing nothing. Treat all people with respect. Rules and policies shouldn't vary from one person to the other such that one person can do something and be praised for it and another person can do the same thing and be written up for it. Do a better job of weeding out the bad seeds in management roles....there are many and you are turning a blind eye to it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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