Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

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  • Great benefits package even though its gotten more expensive each year for the past few years (in 18 reviews)

  • Most managers promote work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Career development is completely dependent on whether or not your supervisor supports your development (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management will tell you almost anything to keep you where you are and to convince you that you are not worth any promotion or raise (in 3 reviews)

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  1. postdoc in external investigator's lab

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Investigators' labs are well funded. Excellent benefits for lab members.

    Cons

    Due to distributed structure, any cons would depend on individual PI's personalities and policies. No problems obverall.


  2. Best post-doc benefits

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The benefits are markedly better than most other post-docs. Although some things have been cut back, like the 5% retirement contribution, it is still an upgrade from most University appointed positions. Better and cheaper health care, benefits credits, little perks here and there. It ends up adding an effective $5k to your salary, which as a post-doc is significant.

    Cons

    They could still do better. They could have an official and enforceable holiday/vacation/sick policy for post-docs and otherwise treat a post-doc as an actual job and not "training".

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting things back!


  3. analyze high-throughput data. research

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    the-state-of-art research. good benefit. reputation

    Cons

    low pay. instability. have to follow your investigator anyway


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  5. Research Assistant II

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great benefits, great retirement contributions

    Cons

    theres isnt much opportunity for growth


  6. Good employer to have

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, particularly health & dental. One of the best health insurances in the USA, if not the best. Organization-wise, they are very good, particularly HR-department. Generous with covering reimbursement costs.

    Cons

    Sometimes too much work is required in order to be successful.


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    Research Fellow at HHMI

    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding science, you get to work with extremely smart people. Benefits for postdocs are excellent.

    Cons

    Funding for Research fellows is restricted to 5 yrs. Work-life balance depends on who your Principal Investigator is.


  8. Great funding agency with excellent benefits for its employees!

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits - the health insurance is amazing. Also, the contribution to 401K is a nice bonus, which I believe is not common for postdoctoral positions.

    Cons

    I really don't have anything negative to say about this company. They provide my lab with excellent funding, which allows me to perform experiments without a huge worry about the cost.


  9. a prestigious place

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    HHMI PIs are the most accomplished PIs in biology and has plenty of money to spend on research. HHMI also provides great benefit for postdocs.

    Cons

    Frankly I don't see any downside working for HHMI. Maybe some of the PIs have too much ego and are difficult to deal with?

    Advice to Management

    Great institute! Keep doing your great job and I look forward to seeing greater achievement and greater growth and name recognition.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Review of an academic technician position

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    Former Employee - Research Technician II in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Technician II in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working towards a noble cause with the brightest minds in the field.

    Cons

    Easy to be a victim of the rigid academic hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    I have no knowledge of the workings of Senior Management.



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