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NIH Reviews in Maryland

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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4.0 169 reviews

                             

97% Approve of the CEO

NIH Director Francis S. Collins

Francis S. Collins

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    Good place for post-docs to get experience

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementOverall, very satisfied with my experience at NIH.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Intramural opportunities are stimulating; extramural positions can be a dead-end.

    Program Director (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsGood pay straight after post-doctoral fellowship. Chance to influence science policy and funding; promote
    cutting-edge science.

    ConsIt's the government and policy decisions rely on vagaries of Congress and politics. Limited room for career growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMentor the bright and highly educated workforce you hire; provide an opportunity to move up the career ladder.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Medical Officer (Current Employee)
    Rockville, MD

    ProsFlexible Work Schedule, Interesting Clinical Protocols.

    ConsSalary Freezes and Ceilings; Federal approach to treating workers all the same.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an open mind to change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great mission and great place to work

    Human Resources Specialist (Former Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsMission
    Research for the sake of health and science, not motivated by profit
    Workplace flexibilities
    Supportive leadership
    Training and professional development opportunities

    ConsDifficult to move up the ladder in HR without complete support from supervisor
    Assigned areas and teams rarely change unless there's turnover so little variety of experience
    Things take longer than they should to get done, some processes redundant but apparently normal for government

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure individuals in leadership positions are leading consistently with each other
    Less separation between branches and rotate assigned areas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Okay place for IRTA fellows

    Postbaccalaureate IRTA (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    Prosaccess to training courses and lectures on campus; flexible work hours (depending on lab); social events on campus and off; OITE cares about you and your professional future if you take advantage of their resources; near the metro

    Consexperience completely depends on your lab/mentor: level of responsibility, hours, relationship with mentor, etc.; low salary compared to your peers

    Advice to Senior ManagementOITE is doing great things and I found them very helpful. Maybe provide more training to PIs about appropriate uses for IRTAs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good federal job, but pitiful pay given the location.

    Post-Baccalaureate Fellow (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsLots of responsibility for a minimum amount of training

    ConsLow pay, taxes are not withheld

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Staff Scientist (Former Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsRelaxed environment. Don't need to worry about founding.

    ConsNo chance for promotion. Projects are not competitive. Hard to move outside. Be careful
    when taking this type of position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEveryone should have a chance to get promotion.

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

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    Convenient location for public transportation

    Facilities Program Specialist (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsNIH is a good place to get your feet wet for learning how to deal with being a govermnet employee.

    ConsPromotion potential in certain career fields is non-exsistant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should look in to being more diverse when making selections for new personnel in leadership positions.

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

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    Great place for biomedical research with significant resources.

    Post Doctoral IRTA (Former Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsFor scientific training, NIH is overall a great place to work. The resources for research are the best you will find in the country. There is the opportunity to interact with scientists from many different fields in the biological sciences and the possibility to attend an abundance of scientific and training seminars.

    ConsFor postdoctoral scientists, it is difficult to transition from NIH to academia or industry.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the training of postdoctoral fellows unless the job environment for scientists improves.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The opportunity to learn

    Marketing Analyst (Current Employee)
    Bethesda, MD

    ProsThe Director is a good person, and always give employees the opportunity to learn new technologies or skills.

    ConsRelatively low salary rates.
    No sponsorship for international students.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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