NCIRE

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NCIRE Reviews

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  1.  

    Pretty good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Study Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Study Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NCIRE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There really isn't any.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Old School

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NCIRE full-time

    Pros

    The retirement match is great.

    Cons

    Its 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Staff research associate

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at NCIRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    for 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.

    Cons

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

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  5.  

    Great environment, loved the job

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    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at NCIRE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Can't think of any at the moment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    just an ok employer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NCIRE

    Pros

    smart 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).

    Cons

    no 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    ok but other places better

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NCIRE

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NCIRE

    Pros

    You'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).

    Cons

    Salaries 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very dissapointing postdoctoral experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Scholar in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at NCIRE

    Pros

    The most beautiful scenery at a workplace ever

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    Create 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

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    OK place to work, huge disconnect between labs and organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at NCIRE

    Pros

    Working for a good cause

    Cons

    Benefits 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 ManagementAdvice

    Should do more things to connect labs, need to be more competitive in salary and benefits.

  11.  

    Friendly Work Environment.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NCIRE

    Pros

    Great friendly staff to work with.

    Cons

    There really wasn't anything negative.

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