Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
79 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits package even though its gotten more expensive each year for the past few years (in 17 reviews)

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


Cons
  • They decide whether they want to further your career development (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management micromanages way too much (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disney world for scientists.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Pros

    Everything you need to do science.

    Cons

    Too easy to work all day and night.

  2.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    great benefits, great retirement contributions

    Cons

    theres isnt much opportunity for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great upper management!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Pros

    Loved everyone in HR just didn't love my job!

    Cons

    Very strict on holidays and time off

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  5.  

    Well-supported

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Pros

    The research I was working with was very professional and they could support me well during a short visit I had.

    Cons

    The area is remote and basically one should have a car to be able to reach here everyday. It is possible to live on the campus but one could easily get bored after a while.

  6.  

    Beautiful campus.

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    Former Employee - Not Available in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Not Available in Chevy Chase, MD

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people are what make HHMI what it is today.

    Cons

    One of the perks is tuition reimbursement but don't let that fool you. They decide whether they want to further your career development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to do research, bureaucratic management

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The labs usually have more than sufficient funding to do research.
    Competitive pay and benefits.
    Great place for biomedical research.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic organization and management.
    The office and HR loves and only cares about paper works.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to think about career development for employees (that are not PIs), and about work-life balance of employees (especially research associates). Currently they do NOT seem to care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assistant to PI, Administrator for Labs can be a thankless job as far as HHMI is concerned

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great health benefits, matching option for the 403b

    Cons

    Low salary compared to pharmaceuticals; can be unresponsive to problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket! Remember that the PI is able to do his/her job BECAUSE of the tireless work we do behind the scenes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Janelia Farms academic internship

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    WOW, this place is fantastic. There is an on-site gym and convenience store, roof-top gardens, the views from the building are unbeatable (and the building is stunning as well). The environment is designed to encourage discussion between all the different disciplines at Janelia, the lunch room consists of several very large round tables where you often meet new people and discuss what you are working on. There is an on-site cafeteria that serves up delicious food at at very cheap cost, and all fruit/coffee/tea is free. Bright Horizons is also on-site. If you have the opportunity to work here, it is well worth it.

    Cons

    One downside is that the pay for technicians is on the lower side of the spectrum. However, with all the added bonuses that come along with working there it makes it very worthwhile.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great salaries for a non-profit; stellar benefits; stimulating scientific environment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Ashburn, VA

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

    Pros

    Beautiful campus. Fun and well thought out social events. There's a gym with classes, great salad bar in the cafeteria and restaurant with prices from the 1980s. Decent social scene at the on-site restaurant if you live on campus, considering you're in the suburbs.

    Cons

    Even PIs don't have great job security since they're reviewed every 5-6 years (there's no tenure here). Not quite as laid back as a University and doesn't have the same feel as a University . The non-scientists (which probably outnumber the scientists) work 9-5 and do not dress like they're in academia, which allows a little bit of a corporate feel to sneak in which is completely missing in a University setting. And somewhat ironically the support staff, HR and core facility people have more job security than the scientists, even though science is the core mission of HHMI.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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