NIH Reviews in Bethesda, MD

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
294 Reviews

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Pros
  • The work/life balance, as well as the ability to promote are very good (in 11 reviews)

  • Access to cutting edge science, collaborators, and instrumentation (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • not so ambitious; administrative red tape (in 12 reviews)

  • long hours, low pay, bad food on campus (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best place to learn new things. Will groom you as a self-thinker

    Cons

    long commute and/or high cost-of-living

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stimulating, with enough resources to do most research you can.

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    Current Employee - Post Doctoral IRTA  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Post Doctoral IRTA in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relax hours, independence, career advice, potential to train in other areas

    Cons

    Pay, dental benefits, eye vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide dental insurance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    NIH is a stable environment.

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    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Nurse Practitioner in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is job security. Co-workers are always willing to assist each other.

    Cons

    There are not many cons to working there; for me it is the traffic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not much to say about management; as I have had an experience where management is hands-on and listens.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ideal for research

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    Current Employee - Research Fellow  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly stimulating environment with considerable resources to perform top notch cancer research. Researchers for around the world work or come to present their work in seminars and conferences. Ideal place to translate basic research to clinical application.

    Cons

    The salary is less than in the private sector. Government funds are constantly cut, making harder and harder to achieve a full time equivalent position beyond 8 years of work at the NIH.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in novel and risky research.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    years of experience in NIH

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of freedom to do some researches.

    Cons

    The topics of research are relatively not cutting-edge compared to those in top-tier research university

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You must have strong self-motivation or else you gain nothing there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good, although a bit dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Medical Director  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Medical Director in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Talent, work being conducted is extraordinary!

    Cons

    it's like the UN and there are so many divisions no one knows whos, whos

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Sometimes overwhelming but also a great opportunity

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    Current Employee - Visiting Fellow  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Visiting Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fellowships are typically quite stable as they are not reliant on a grant.
    Lots of training opportunities and support for career services.
    Opportunity to work with many of the world's best scientists.
    Ability to undertake high risk projects.
    Abundant resources available to allow you to excel if you grasp the opportunity.
    Excellent health plan for fellows.

    Cons

    Increasing interference by government bureaucracy affects simple daily tasks including placing orders, booking travel and even providing coffee at an NIH run event.
    Can feel overwhelming because it is such a large institute, you are constantly made aware of the huge number of other trainees that you will be competing with for a job.
    For most people, there will be little opportunity to move up within NIH as there are limited full time employee slots allotted to each lab although there are some ways around it.
    Large disparity in pay depending on the institute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a way for the government to demonstrate they respect the scientists working at NIH. Often times policies are implemented as a way of ensuring the public image of NIH is not tarnished by scandals around spending but the ultimate effect is to demoralize those working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome

    Current Employee - Research Fellow  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent environment for scientific research. Excellent mentors, coworkers and learning environment. Great benefits, specially health benefits. Great resources for both experimental and computational scientific research. On site baby care. The salaries are very good.

    Cons

    The work-life balance is not very good. You are paid for working 8 hours a day, 5 days a week and you end up working more than 10 hours a day and some weekends without any compensation. The promotions are very difficult.

  10.  

    Intramural post-bac research fellow

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    Former Employee - Intramural Research Fellow-post Bac  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Intramural Research Fellow-post Bac in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Steady salary, post-bac social and academic support community, very professional and supportive OITE (office of intramural training and education) staff, and metro commuting benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary compared to industry standards, hit or miss PIs/quality of research, and lack of sense of deadline, maryland weather and lack of diversity in neighboring communities (DC is ok)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place for post-docs to get experience

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good science is happening across NIH at all institutes. They also have very good salary and health insurance for fellows, and the salaries are far more competitive than at other academic institutes. There's also opportunity to collaborate widely across the institutes and the environment is very academic and cordial.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for a career beyond a post doctoral fellowship. There are extra steps before publishing manuscripts. Most conference travel is limited to 1 per year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, very satisfied with my experience at NIH.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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