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Updated Mar 27, 2014

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2.9 14 reviews

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NCIRE Executive Director & CEO Robert Obana

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Pretty good

    Clinical Study Coordinator (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsSalary is decent, vesting is within 2 years, work-life balance is pretty good.

    ConsThere really isn't any.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Old School

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe retirement match is great.

    ConsIts not about what you know, it is who you know. If you chum up to a department manager (hang out, lunch) and convince the person that you are qualified to work in their department, WITHOUT EXPERIENCE, you can pretty much work in any department, even technical.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe old school or "good ole boy job network" is not helping the company. Activity like this hinders the true performance of a company. If employees only hired there best friends with no qualifications, the company is going to fail.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Staff research associate

    Staff Research Associate (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prosfor B.S or M.S may be fit because they just want to hire you 1-2 years, for those students who just want to stay 1-2 years then apply medical school.

    ConsThey treat Ph.D as a tech, do mice genotyping, make solution....and the salary is pretty low.

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    Great environment, loved the job

    Staff Research Associate II (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGood benefits, the management at the San Francisco VA Medical Center was great

    ConsCan't think of any at the moment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    just an ok employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Prossmart people work here, and they do cool things (when they can cut through the bureaucracy and drama of the rules and regulations of NCIRE, the VA, and sometimes UCSF).

    Consno raises in two years for most staff, piddly raises otherwise. no active support for developing staff members (this is what's driving me to move afield). recent benefits changes were poorly implemented. NCIRE is a shell company which holds the research grants for primary investigators; they exist to ensure that research projects get funded and that NCIRE gets their cut of that. Bureaucracy gets in the way of everything. EVERYTHING.

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    ok but other places better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros*nice ocean view
    *after 2 years, 10% of your gross salary is contributed to a retirement account
    *low cost dental and vision, ok cost for medical

    Cons*below market salary (I would estimate 10-15% below average for equivalent position elsewhere)
    *no collective bargaining agreement
    *no yearly cost of living salary increase, so your salary basically can decrease over time (medical premiums go up and non-guaranteed merit increases at best match the cost of living salary increases at UCSF)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    so much varies by the lab you work in ...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsYou're interested in the research at hand. The defined contribution plan rocks (in a time where most employers are cancelling matching contributions, NCIRE puts 10% in your plan whether or not you contribute yourself).

    ConsSalaries are slightly less than market. Conditions will vary by the lab in which you work. PIs aren't necessarily good people managers. Employees must sometimes satisfy conditions and requirements of the SF VAMC (the institution where NCIRE research is conducted). Lunch options nearby are slim pickins--there's a cafe on site but it really is hospital food (designed to drum up business for the hospital I think...) All the responsibilities of VA employees with nearly none of the perks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter cooperation with the VA would be awesome--sometimes it feels like it's so difficult to get anything done.

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    Very dissapointing postdoctoral experience

    Postdoctoral Scholar (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe most beautiful scenery at a workplace ever

    Cons1) No community...each lab is isolated from the next, no relevant speakers, no postdoctoral groups/meetings, etc. Each lab is physically isolated from the next. No common facilitie

    2) Organization is disconnected from the research and PIs (i.e., no scientists in research administration)

    3) Benefits are expensive

    4) Old facilities, lots of unneccessary beaurocracy from Veterans Association.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a research community by organizing more basic research talks, retreats, presentations, journal clubs, etc. Make common facilities more accessible such as a lunch room or a sequencing facility, etc. Have better collaboration with UCSF

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    OK place to work, huge disconnect between labs and organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsWorking for a good cause

    ConsBenefits cost a lot of money, NCIRE supports labs but has nothing to do with happens inside of them, PIs can do whatever they want, no community, everyone is on their own island.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShould do more things to connect labs, need to be more competitive in salary and benefits.

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    Friendly Work Environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat friendly staff to work with.

    ConsThere really wasn't anything negative.

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