La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Presdent & Chief Scientific Officer Mitchell Kronenberg
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  1.  

    Great place to work.

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    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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, excellent research equipment and benefits. Good support for researchers with knowledgeable cores. Lots of social activities and interactions between researchers.

    Cons

    Could have better advancement opportunities and/or support for senior posdocs/researchers.

    Experience may be different working under other PIs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great for academia terrible for support personnel

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    Former Employee - Research Technician II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Technician II in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    If you're a post-doc or trying to get some lab experience before med/vet/grad school working here will look nice on your cv. The pay is depressing but if you're in academia you don't take a job here to make money, you do it to make connections and learn how to be an academic. It's not always pretty.

    Cons

    This is an academic institution. The labs are funded through their own grant money. Therefore, if you are making a career out of being research support staff this is not the place for you. The pay is drastically less than what your skills will get you in industry --even just across the street, literally. I snagged a 10k pay raise just by leaving LIAI and going to work for a preclinical start up. I even get (gasp) pay raises and promotions annually for being excellent at my job.

    Speaking of pay raises and advancement: good luck. There is no corporate guideline for such things and it is totally at the discretion of the individual PI --who might be a jerk or who might actually appreciate the people who make his research possible. If you really want to work here, make sure to interview your potential supervisors thoroughly. Ask for clear outlines of how to advance, don't take their first salary offer and be sure to remember that you WILL be making less money than an equivalent Biotech job here in San Diego.

    Another thing, the job title does not inspire self respect. At LIAI, even if you come in with a Master's degree and prior experience, you will be a Research......'technician'. Not a technologist, not a Research Associate. It's not too impressive to say that after years of education and hard work you are a technician. Frankly, my first job as an undergrad washing glassware was 'technician'. As a general rule, don't expect to get or even earn respect here. While there are a few PI's who are amazing, quality human beings, go carefully.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not everyone who deserves respect has a PhD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work at

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding research being done here

    Cons

    Pay could be a little bit more competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • 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 (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.

  7.  

    A good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    many chances to learn new techniques

    Cons

    Not much to say right now

  8.  

    good place to wrok

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    Current Employee - Instructor
    Current Employee - Instructor

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

    Pros

    a lot of smart people, a lot of good equipment, friendly, collaboration

    Cons

    a kind of isolated institute compare to Scripps and so on
    no chance to be promoted for young researchers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good work place for postdoc

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great facility and working environment

    Cons

    not enough cafeteria options. However, it is not a big institution after all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to do research, some holes in postdoctoral policies

    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    Pros

    Superb support staff makes it easy for researchers to focus on their research. Nice facilities and perks like on-site fitness classes and catering.

    Cons

    No set policy for postdocs for time off, sick leave, etc benefits -- they leave this completely up to individual lab managers/PIs which means there is great variation both for better and worse.

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