La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Reviews in La Jolla, CA

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    One of the best places to work as a post-doc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    - amazing, bright and dedicated scientists, with state-of-the-art facilities and stuff
    - institute is driven by post-docs, with very few grad students - so many, many experts, no teaching requirements - i.e. an amazing place to learn
    - very friendly, open and supportive environment with many social activities
    - good benefits and insurances
    - as the institute is comparably small, the administration and paperwork part is usually fast and efficient

    Cons

    - the pay, treatment, training and mentoring depends almost entirely on the PI as basically no rules are enforced institute-wide. This means that the treatment and remuneration you receive varies hugely between labs and even within labs.
    - the post-doc pay is poor (as I think everywhere in academia) and tends to be below NIH standards (for most labs)
    - faculty and administration are not pro-active in caring for the needs of their post-docs, but seem in most cases, however, to move when pushed
    - as in most places, no career development for post-docs possible. And the support for development from the institute is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - enforce more standards on the PI to make the work environment more equal and just
    - give the post-docs the appreciation they deserve (i.e. not only free ice cream once a year, but appreciation where it counts, e.g. even in the media reports of the institute itself only the PIs are mentioned and not the people who actually did the work (and often had the ideas too))

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Great place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding research being done here

    Cons

    Pay could be a little bit more competitive

    Recommends
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  3.  

    Good place to work. It is a place to engage scientific work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the staff people here are nice and helpful.

    Cons

    Pay is somehow low. Some PI is a little push.

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  5.  

    excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    one of hidden gems, great resources and opportunities for biomedical research, highly friendly and collaborative culture, good work life balance, provides retirement plans for post-docs

    Cons

    less famous, i have no complaints

    Recommends
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  6.  

    It is a great institute to work.

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Besides science, the institute encourages various extra curricular activities and takes extensive care about the employees welfare. Provides lot of collaboration opportunities between various labs

    Cons

    nothing major to complain about

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great place to work as a scientist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time

    Pros

    Pretty small, friendly institute with top-notch labs in immunology
    Covers all immunology without competition but only collaboration between labs
    Great place to work in Immunology
    SD is a wonderful city to live

    Cons

    Mentality is a bit changing as the institute expanded so much in the last 5 years but still a great place to work in

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Bitter sweet

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The institute has a lot of talented scientists and most of them are very willing to help whenever you have questions. People are really nice and the work environment is great!

    Cons

    It also obviously depends who you work for and that applies to all job. The problem is the institute under pays their employees! For the time and hard work that we pay in, I think we do deserve more pay. They pay less than some of the public schools, which is unheard of.

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  9.  

    very nice place to work at.

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, best equipment in one buildings, and a lot of great researchers.

    Cons

    People here work day and night to fight for results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    Great place to work for non-profit research

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Cutting edge research in immunology and allergy
    -Great benefits program
    -Monthly happy hours
    -Fairly laid back and social among all of the labs
    -Near the beach and UCSD
    -Flexible work hours (although this depends on the lab you work in)

    Cons

    -Lower salary then biotech
    -May have to come and work on the weekends.
    -Limited ability for advancement.
    -No cafe onsite of the institute

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Nice place to work as a scientist

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instructor in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

    Pros

    flexible working schedule
    nice environment
    competitive salary level
    immigrant friendly (they sponsor Green card)
    free parking
    cares about the health of the employees

    Cons

    no cafeteria on site
    interaction among staffs low
    not so much entertainment
    tuition reimbursement program is only restricted to working staffs and have to stay more than 1 year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there is not much to say about the management. in general it's well managed.
    It would be better if more career development opportunities can be offered.

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