NIH
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www.nih.gov Bethesda, MD 5000+ Employees

NIH Reviews in Maryland

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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4.0 152 reviews

                             

97% Approve of the CEO

NIH Director Francis S. Collins

Francis S. Collins

(65 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to work

Graduate Student (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD

I worked at NIH full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFor graduate students
- higher salaries
- fantastic facilities
- big budgets
- best health insurance you will ever have
- opportunities to see famous people give lectures
- safe place to work (very intense security)

Cons- not many other graduate students
- idiot congress is ruining science in the US, which will negatively affect NIH
- government shutdowns have a real, negative impact and can ruin research

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work for

Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Frederick, MD

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

ProsGreat environment and interdisciplinary researchers. Great resources. Friendly community. Glad to be part of this leading institution to improve health around the world. Good benefits

ConsNo dental insurance, quite impossible to get daycare.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful place for collaborative research.

Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD

I have been working at NIH full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat place to do research

ConsSometimes slowing of things due to lot of paper work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewarding role in shaping and supporting America's biomedical science industry

FAC-COR/Program Officer (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD

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

ProsJob security, interesting seminars, stimulating interactions with grantees and collaborators

ConsOnce you obtain a GS12 or GS13 position as a program officer there is little availability of higher grades even if you are eligible.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty good choice

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD

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

ProsGood pay for permanent positions. Don't have to write grants.

ConsIncreasingly hard to obtain that permanent position

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place for young Scientist for training

Post Doctoral IRTA (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD

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

ProsNIH has great scientist to work with to start your research. The plenty of resources such as fund for research, grant writing workshops, and seminar by great scientist gives an opportunity to build your network and start as an independent scientist. Since postdoctoral position is mostly influenced by the mentor, however because of federal funding you will have more flexibility to design and execute experiments.

ConsIts really hard to get the next level position and limited funding for conference attendance. The payment is low considering advanced degree.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Incredible place to work

NIH Intern (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD

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

ProsThe NIH is a world-class center for research in Bethesda, Maryland. The people who are PIs are NIH are frequently people who were doing top, top work at their previous institutions, and then get offered positions at NIH which they take because of the more secure funding. Despite this, it can be harder to maintain a very very large lab at NIH, but changes in lab size are much more graded than in academia outside NIH.

ConsAs in all scientific research, your work-life balance will suffer. If you're working at NIH outside of R&D though, your life is probably fine.

Advice to Senior ManagementWhile the research/scientific wing of the NIH is merit-based, administration/management is not necessarily. You have to wait your turn to advance.

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

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A good place to be

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee)
Bethesda, MD

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

ProsWork environment.
Access to cutting edge science, collaborators, and instrumentation.

ConsBecause of the bureaucracy, it takes months for the yearly budgets to get passed effectively leaving the labs to operate on no money during this period.

Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I had great experience in NIH. The highest research institutes in US

Research Scientist (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD

I worked at NIH as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsAccept any culuture, accept other country educational background

ConsI was luck to had opportunity worked at NIH

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

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Worked with patient data to determine root causes of undiagnosed diseases.

Intern (Former Employee)
Bethesda, MD

I worked at NIH as an intern for less than a year

ProsYou are exposed to the most advanced research facilities available to scientists. As such, NIH attracts many bright minds that are always building on other's ideas. For the most part, schedule is not too intense.

ConsAs with any research facility, there are times when not too much is going on between projects and waiting for experiments to take place.

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

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