La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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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 - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Well run organization, good values

    Cons

    None that I can find

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. An absolutely fantastic place to work!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Great facility, friendly and helpful Co-workers, solid benefits

    Cons

    Low Salary, but frankly who does get decent salary these days in academia?

    Recommends
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  3. Well, I'm a postdoc.

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Working life as a poostdoc is both challenging and rewarding

    Cons

    Salaries in academia leave something to be desired. Lack of job security in the medium to long term is slightly terrifying.

    Recommends
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  5. Great Institute for allergy and immunology.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    not too big. strong immunology research. People are super friendly here.

    Cons

    Need more career help service.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  6. Overall fine

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    Former Employee - Research Technician II
    Former Employee - Research Technician II

    I worked at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

    Pros

    Really nice facility built and funded by Kyowa Hakko Kirin, nice location in the heart of La Jolla. The company also does a good job of providing programs and activities for employees outside of work

    Cons

    Salary is low which is expected for academia. Scientists are expected to work long hours without overtime while those in administration leave at 5 pm everday

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sick time needs to rolled over for people that don't use it. I did not use any sick days and was not payed out for this when I left

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    Positive Outlook
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  7. nice place for training

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    Current Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The institute provides a chance to work with good scientist.

    Cons

    The overall salary is not high enough to live in San diego.

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  8. Good non-profit research facility

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

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits are excellent...the research scientists are friendly and supportive...and have incentive programs for attendance and task completions.

    Cons

    Getting along with other technicians that are unskilled laborers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep management more involved in supervisory roles and not let tech's be quite so independent.

    Recommends
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  9. 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
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  10. 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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  11. 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
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