NIH Reviews in Maryland

Updated October 10, 2014
Updated October 10, 2014
307 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.  

    Ok for a while or transition

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    Current Employee - Program Officer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Program Officer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible and relaxed, telework, vacations and holidays

    Cons

    difficult to negotiate money when hired--inflexible when ask to adjust. Unfair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people supporting a mission they believe in

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    Current Employee - No Comment in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - No Comment in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very people-focused organization. Very caring, supportive, dedicated work environment.

    Cons

    People seem afraid to say "no," even when that's the right answer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be curious and ask a lot of questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was an exciting experience!!!

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist (IRTA) in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Scientist (IRTA) in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was great because I got so much exposure to scientist, and researchers from all around the world. This equipment and research being done there was top ranked!!!

    Cons

    There was no cons. If you are focused on your work; you will get it done. Also, if you want to meet new people, experts, or scientist working on cutting edge work it's not impossible to sit down and chat - only takes doing your homework.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Postdoctoral Fellow

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent research training and career development opportunities. Many hances for networking and mentoring.

    Cons

    Limited diversity at the higher levels but efforts are working to improve it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Success shouldn't always be measured by the number of publications or pediagree

  6.  

    Excellent Training Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities to pursue alternative science careers.

    Cons

    Inadequate pay for postdoctoral fellows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing salaries for postdoctoral fellows.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    friendly coworkers, relaxed 45 hour week, good location, beautiful campus

    Cons

    government bureaucracy can be slow and annoying at times

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    postdoc

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Great culture. Best-in-class or close for research resources and tools.

    Cons

    Not so many grant writing training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work extremely hard. The PIs break the rules and do not give you the vacation time nor the benefits in your contract.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sometimes you can make up for the horrible conditions and pay with a good reference (really rare though most PIs do not pay it forward).

    Cons

    The stipend, the treatment, the politics in the labs, a lot of times Anthony Fauci sends an email for early dismissal like on Christmas eve and my PI would not let us leave. Also there was a snowday and the government was closed and my boss lives walking distance but I commute and he made me drive into work. I have rear wheel drive and it was very dangerous not to mention my boss was not allowed to ask this of me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are problems with the lower management. Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins are great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Unpredictable as an intern depending on your PI

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    Former Employee - Summer Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Summer Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are very flexible, easy to schedule time that works for you. Lots of interesting people visit and there are lots of opportunities to learn and stay informed on any scientific field that has any sort of relationship with the NIH

    Cons

    Your experience will entirely depend on your PI. Mine meant well, but was a total mismatch for me in terms of the things I wanted to do and learn while at the NIH. I learned very quickly here that long-term, research would be frustrating for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (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

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