Institute for Systems Biology

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Updated August 10, 2015
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  1. my favorite working place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    ISB's excellent culture, working environment, and benefits.

    Cons

    need to face funding pressure


  2. Depends on your role

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Types of research I have done at ISB is cutting edge. A lot of young scientist work for this place.

    Cons

    Compensation is poor compared to the industry. However it is in-line to academia positions. It is more of a good place for post-docs or other kind of trainees but not for professionals.

    Advice to Management

    You need to raise the compensation salary in order to attract the best mind. Otherwise you will keep losing people to the industry.


  3. Decent workplace for postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with some very smart people Nice building and decent (not great but decent) lab facilities for wet lab work Plenty of opportunity for collaborations

    Cons

    Non-profit with limited funding, so way too much time is spent thinking and talking about funding. You get stretched very thin with work The PIs are very busy and don't provide the greatest mentorship

    Advice to Management

    A bit more focus... Can't solve all the worlds problems... (And paradoxically) A bit less focus on just the one project being championed by the founder at the expense of other equally interesting and worthy projects, alienating a significant portion of the institute, who really don't care much about this even if they don't say it


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  5. Very Supportive Atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Lab Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance Flexibility and career strengthening. Management open to new ideas. Easy to gain access to top management.

    Cons

    Jobs tied to health of funding


  6. Senior Scientific Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Scientific Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An open environment encouraging research, most of the advantages of an academic institution, with few of the problems.

    Cons

    Lowish pay, instability of funding. Also poor management of multiple projects

    Advice to Management

    Secure better funding, develop method, would suggest agile, to handle large scale projects.


  7. Loved this place!

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    Former Employee - Admninistrative Team in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Admninistrative Team in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone is friendly. We all worked together to accomplish our tasks, without complaining. Executive team was great.

    Cons

    Lack of enforcement of procedures which made things challenging for those who followed them.

    Advice to Management

    Management was great. They really cared about the people in the organization.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Exciting Work, Good Place to Gain Experience, Tough for Internal Career Growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time

    Pros

    At ISB, you get the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects with smart and enthusiast co-workers. Good benefits, including generous 403b matching. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great. Institutional politics can be detrimental to the organization. Mostly, it is a tough place to grow your career from within, as jumps between scientist levels are difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation and ability for career growth.


  9. postdoc

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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...


  10. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Good intentions

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    Current Employee - Support
    Current Employee - Support
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Level with your staff. Communicate more clearly.



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