Institute for Systems Biology

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Institute for Systems Biology Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people and a great scientific mission

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Being a software engineer working in the sciences let's you apply your technical skills to fascinating and important problems. The ISB does great science and allows everyone to participate. The ISB is full of smart and supportive people. Working here was a great learning experience. You're really encouraged to grow and set your own direction.

    Cons

    You will not get rich, even by non-profit standards. Senior faculty are accessible but their time is very limited.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    loyality to longterm employees, possibility of being long term employee, good equipment, state of the art experimental equipment, great environment for modern biology, plenty of discussions

    Cons

    poor salary for postdocs and women, no salary increases, unless one is computational biologist,
    career opportunity great or very poor, depending on the person...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Brilliant scientists but leadership is not stable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The projects are diverse, cross-disciplinary, collaborative and help clear the path to new scientific discoveries. Benefits are great and schedule is flexible. The culture is mostly supportive and it's important to the faculty/leadership to create opportunities for people to interact. The culture is also very entrepreneurial.

    Cons

    Funding for nonprofit research is a struggle. While the founder is brilliant and highly decorated scientist, he has idiosyncrasies that are divisive. It's extremely frustrating. The growth opportunities for administrative staff is limited. It's a nonprofit, so we have to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more women in leadership roles. Founder needs to recognize how his "one-track-mind" decisions affect the staff. There are a lot of unhappy people right who don't agree with the founder's focus on a certain project.

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

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    Current Employee - Support
    Current Employee - Support

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule which is really great if you have kids. I doubt there is any place that offeres this. Great people and everyone work hard. Exciting research/science. You have to be self-driven.

    Cons

    Not much guidance from management. Unsure of direction. Often political decisions instead of logical ones. Wish I knew why some of them are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Level with your staff. Communicate more clearly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place I have ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge science, lack of drama and hierarchy, truly embrace diversity, great collaboration opportunities

    Cons

    Sometimes leadership is loyal to the wrong people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create more opportunities in between postdoc and research scientist

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    As a summer intern, got a flavor for the Systems Bio field

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Had plenty of say in what project I wanted to work on, which is rare for a low-level internship position.
    -The PIs at ISB encourage employees to be autodidactic in their free time.

    Cons

    Venture-funded research can often move to quickly over problems that deserve more contemplation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -The 'bleeding edge' is not necessarily the only place for innovative systems bio research. -Invest more heavily in MD modeling infrastructure. One exceptional aspect of ISB is having a fully functioning wet lab just a floor below the comp. bio offices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love working here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with great people, very smart and friendly. You get to do interesting and challenging work. You get lots of autonomy and opportunities to collaborate on various projects.

    Cons

    Funding is always an issue, but that is not specific to ISB... in fact in some senses that works very well at ISB, since it's not just federal funding. Lots of funding comes from other sources like partnerships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Science and Dedicated People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work is interesting and challenging, I have experienced good collaboration amongst peers and good mentoring from superiors. Management is actually mostly good. Work life balance is very good and we have great benefits.

    Cons

    Funding is not stable (but not unlike almost all similar research institutes), Pay is lower than for Profit companies (again, not unlike other similar institutes), communication is sometimes slow or incomplete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more information more often and more quickly (before we all start talking about it anyway) - we want to hear about the good stuff AND the not so good even if you don't have it figured out yet.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dream job, excellent environment.

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    Current Employee - Administration in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administration in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are fantastic, the mission is laudible. Wonderful environment with top notch scientists who are on a mission to solve life's biological problems - there is so much opportunity to make the world a better place! ISB has been supportive while allowing academic freedom and personal autonomy.

    Cons

    Budgetary concerns. Some labs are doing well, others aren't. There is some negativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess individual job performance institute-wide. Work more collaboratively with all levels - create "systems" admin/teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good envioronment. after moving of location. budget has been tight

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology

    Pros

    a few good faculty members and many good employees

    Cons

    budget short, not too strong in lab research

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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