Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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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
  • 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. A great place to ease into post-grad / career life

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Campuses (both the HQ location in MD, and the Janelia Research location in VA) are beautiful!
    - Comfortable working conditions, healthy and satisfying food provisions, on-site gym
    - Community-centered culture, collaborative and relaxed atmosphere, wonderful co-workers
    - Sets a good pace and environment for training/learning

    Cons

    Not many negative aspects (at least that I was aware of from an entry-level position, which doesn't say much :)).

    While this is a great place to start and develop skills, it isn't very fast-paced and may not be the best for those who are very career focused. Many employees tend to keep to their work and settle into a routine. It's a wonderful place to be if you know this is the type of work you want to be doing.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have enough experience to give specific advice to HHMI management, but in general, I think...
    - Just don't be afraid to openly communicate with others
    - Continue to and increasingly support your co-workers. There are so many amazing people here!

  2. postdoc in external investigator's lab

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  3. Great Work location!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great, typically you don't have to work beyond 8 hours. Breakfast and lunch service is awesome. Working environment is very harmony.

    Cons

    Location is a little bit far from everything, like an island.

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    The best model for funding and making science

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Plenty of opportunities to be promoted
    -Reasonable salaries and benefits
    -Based on a meritocracy culture

    Cons

    -Moving back to a more conservative model in terms of funding science and treating employees
    -Decisions rely on few people not taking employees feedback into consideration .

    Advice to Management

    Do not swap the past HHMI idealistic view of science for a more business-oriented one.

  6. laid back

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Pros

    long term permanent position would be good idea here..if you want to settle down with your skills.

    Cons

    not as much as as

  7. analyze high-throughput data. research

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8. Everthing was great

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have been working there for the last 4 years. Great benefits was the most important reason I chose HHMI. The supporting staff was also very helpful.

    Cons

    I do not have any cons. I usually interact people from Stanford university so, I don't know much about the politics etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. okay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

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

    Pros

    good place
    great ppl
    good enivorment
    training
    lots of gain

    Cons

    not enough hrs
    no promotions
    hard work
    busy

    Advice to Management

    no

  10. 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.

  11. Research Assistant II

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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