J Craig Venter Institute Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
26 Reviews

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J Craig Venter Institute Founder, Chairman & CEO J Craig Venter
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  1.  

    Would recommend!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, lots of research and collaborations. Very relaxed environment conducive to creativity.

    Cons

    All grant based work, so employment comes and goes with grants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Intern at JCVI

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    Current Employee - Summer Lab Research Intern  in  Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Summer Lab Research Intern in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Jean culture, parties every month, friendly staff and laid back evironment

    Cons

    Long days in the lab (which isn't unusual)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More engagement with other departments

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bad business people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute as a contractor

    Pros

    There is no pros here

    Cons

    They hired our transport company to move the vehicles for them. When we scheduled a truck and arrived to pick up they canceled it. Now they don't even want to honor the contract they agreed and signed all in writing. Our next step other than the review here would be to file a lien on vehicles that are worth 6 figures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advise it management is to get new management

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  5.  

    Beautiful place to work with great employees

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Talking about science is the easiest thing here, and there are lots of leading minds coming out with great publications. People were always willing to teach me a new technique to expand my repertoire.

    Cons

    The research projects/divisions are not very connected and hence there is a lack of overall direction with each lab sort of looking out for themselves and their own funding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    used to be a good place to work at

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    really knowledgeable people, interesting projects

    Cons

    goof ups with management, lots of lay offs, deteriorating environment due to job insecurity

  7.  

    Not bad...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, depending on the department. Aims for innovative projects (both a pro and con). Great technical support, HR infrastructure. Generally friendly people. Lots of collaborations set up with other companies and organizations.

    Cons

    Variations in funding between projects/teams. High turnaround of projects--can be shelved or restructured very quickly.

    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not serious science

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    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist in Rockville, MD

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The name. Benefits. Some good people. Looks ok in resume.

    Cons

    Poor to non-existing mentoring. No support to those that put grants. Unrealistic expectations from scientific staff. No development. No focus. 'Go grab what you can' approach, even if no expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go learn management. Go learn science. Be successful yourself before requesting success to others. Upper management amateur and unethical.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Whole genome re-sequencing and SNP genotyping studies using Affymetrix Genome -Wide Human SNP array 6.0 and F. tularensi

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Rockville, MD

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Studies using Affymetrix Genome -Wide Human SNP array 6.0 and F. tularensis re-sequencing array

    Cons

    Business loss some contract with NIH

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    Core team member in the project

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Institute

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of different projects to work on, exposure to world class scientists and research, great work environment.

    Cons

    Combination of tall corporate management structure and mixture of tenured academics with middle management seemed to result in bad decision making and management quarrels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. I had little to no exposure to senior management, and having a mixture of academic and corporate management structure is surely a nightmare to control. Picking one or the other is probably a good idea.

    The company is quite a different place now, I imagine--this feedback is from a few years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good but could have been better

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Intern in Rockville, MD

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lot of Interaction with good minds, extremely helpful colleagues, good boss (in my case)

    Cons

    lot of dependency on government funded grants, frequent layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need to provide some stability and assurance to employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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