Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute President Robert Tjian
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Pros
  • 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. Best post-doc benefits

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Interest institute

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Stanford, CA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    There are lots of smart colleagues around you. And, you will have the chance to celebrate Nobel Prize awarded to your lab.

    Very good medical benefits.

    Cons

    Paid too low to postdoc researchers.
    Paid too low to postdoc researchers.
    Paid too low to postdoc researchers.
    That is the most disadvantage part.

    Advice to Management

    More salary.
    More salary.
    More salary.
    It is so important that I must reply it for 3 times.


  3. Unique research environment at Janelia research campus

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Ashburn, VA

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very unique environment in janelia hhmi research campus, in which you have a lot of freedom to talk and share with people at any time. Also money is never dried out. If you need something and can convince your PI, Janelia will buy it for you no matter what the price is.

    Cons

    Because janelia PIs do not care about the number of publications but do care more quality of publication, it is risky and taking longer time for postdocs, who need to get papers and job as soon as possible. Also janelia does not allow postdoc to apply for a government fellowship such as K99, which could be a huge advantage when apply a faculty job.


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  5. Great non-profit institute!

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great non-profit institute! Very nice staff, great insurance!

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now


  6. Good organization & mission

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute part-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Relatively small & nimble organization that does terrific work on behalf of basic/translational sciences.

    Cons

    Very few; of late, some of the online reporting systems have been clunky, but these are issues that can be easily addressed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Challenging and interesting work on academic research problems.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in New York, NY

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    coworkers.
    flexible hours.
    interesting research problems.
    benefits.
    Generally speaking, it's a great environment to work on interesting problems surrounded by bright collegues that are a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    low salary.
    research problems are highly specific.
    The practical day-to-day experience for me has involved focusing on very specific problems and often times dealing with repetitive and/or menial issues that didn't make good use of my skill set.

    Advice to Management

    Consider 1, 2, and 5 year plans for employees (what they plan to contribute to the organization, and what they hope to gain in experience and skills) to be written, revised, and revisited by both boss and employee as an alternative to, or in addition to the current system which uses a two page survey about basic employee performance standards (e.g. responsible, productive, works well with others etc.) filled out only by the boss. Academic research is highly competitive and it's easy to slide into a pattern of myopic obsession where short term goals (successfully completing and publishing ongoing research before getting scooped) can too easily eclipse long term goals (building up skills and knowledge of personnel; creating well designed and generalized tools for the lab; and training all students and employees to go as far in their careers as they can as fast as they can)


  8. Be a post-doc and still be treated like a human being

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    HHMI cares about its post-docs, and provides unusually good benefit packages to employees.

    Cons

    Post-doc contract is for limited number of years.

    Advice to Management

    Please maintain the current standard for post-doc employees


  9. Research Fellow

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance, good benefit

    Cons

    not that I know as far


  10. Helpful (1)

    Some good - some not so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are great! 10% retirement contribution, good dental, medical and vision. Generous vacation time depending on years in the field. The environment is beautiful. The work is great in advancing science and science education. You become proud of being part of the science that is produced.

    Cons

    There have been and are a lot of changes so there is a feeling of unrest and uncertainty amongst employees. This could be department specific but morale is low.


  11. Helpful (3)

    No Executive Leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are dedicated and hard working in spite of the dysfunctional executive leadership..

    Cons

    President is asocial and disconnected with rank and file staff, the COO is an egomaniac and the VP's are only concerned about keeping their overpaid positions. The morale at hq is at historical low levels, The field staff has been gutted with a strategic plan for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Either wake up or the drip drip brain drain will become a flood..



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