Keck Graduate Institute Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. A great community for anyone interested in the commercialization of life science technologies

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can (1) sit in on some business classes and (2) hear guest speakers from industry, working here is a valuable experience. It has the benefits of a small organization, yet it part of a larger university consortium.

    Cons

    It is only about fifteen years old and has limited name recognition relative to older institutions.


  2. Project Manager, Team Masters Project - BioMarin/KGI

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    Former Employee - Project Leader in Claremont, CA
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Keck Graduate Institute (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small and growing school. Personal attention and growth received

    Cons

    Management changed recently so they are still finding their feet.


  3. Good school that prepares you for industry

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Keck Graduate Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on experiance, good curriculum, well-rounded knowledge of industry, lots of events, speakers, lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Very small school and still relatively unknown. Needs to grow some of its programs. Some important projects were abandoned quickly. Very high staff turnover rate it seems. Although I do not know the reason for that.

    Advice to Management

    To have a bioprocessing course in the mandatory first year curriculum. When I came, I did not know why they didnt have one. Im not why they seem to have a high staff turnover rate. Something needs to be done about that.


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  5. Student-Oriented Environment

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    Current Employee - PhD Student in Claremont, CA
    Current Employee - PhD Student in Claremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Keck Graduate Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of industry exposure and networking opportunities due to many industry-oriented events on campus. Many friendly faces in addition to students and faculty members. Lots of support for students in terms of academic performance, and also work-life balance and general graduation advice.

    Cons

    Majority of on-campuses services are dedicated to the largest student population, so other programs feel left out and under-represented. Advancement department does not try to establish good relationships with students, which makes alumni less likely to donate back to the school.

    Advice to Management

    Be open-minded about bringing in more services that will benefit other student demographics, and be more selective with the admission criteria for potential students


  6. Interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good research and people who actually care about the work they are doing. People are willing to help one another on a theoretical level on studies.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a problem with communication between the lead investigators and the personnel, which can lead to blowback for the personnel.

    Advice to Management

    If there are any changes to timelines or the focus of a project, communicate that to the team as soon as possible.



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