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Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
214 Reviews
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214 Reviews
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NIH Director Francis S. Collins
Francis S. Collins
214 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 13 reviews)

  • Not so many grant writing training opportunities (in 8 reviews)

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    Summer Intern

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    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Current Intern - Summer Intern in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff, great work-life balance, excellent learning opportunities, exposure to cutting-edge research, and a clear sense of mission to relieve patient suffering and improve patient health through biomedical research.

    Cons

    Lots of government bureaucracy and salaries stray on low end.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to get to know the summer interns and ask about their experiences from time to time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    NIH

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

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

    Pros

    Great research resources
    Stimulating working environment

    Cons

    Restriction on travel and conference attendance

    Recommends
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    The paradise for researchers

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    Former Intern - Intern in Baltimore, MD
    Former Intern - Intern in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at NIH as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    top researchers from everywhere
    top facilities
    nice and supporting environment

    Cons

    I do not know. may be more choices for lunch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    NIH Postdoc

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

    I worked at NIH as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    work/life balance, training opportunities, work environment

    Cons

    mentoring experience can be highly variable; self-driven a must

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continued support for fellow training and family services (daycare, family leave etc.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Despite being a government bureaucracy, a fantastic place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and good benefits. The facilities, equipment, funding, and training opportunities are amazing. You can do research at the NIH that you wouldn't be able to do elsewhere. I've had fantastic interactions with very genuine, helpful, and brilliant people.

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucratic red tape that slows things down compared with an academic or industry setting. Getting competing quotes and having to wait so long when placing orders can cause delays. Work and research space is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization of labs within buildings at times makes use of resources less efficient. There is not as much sharing of equipment between labs as there could be because labs from different institutes working on completely different topics are often housed in the same buildings. Because funding is by institute, labs often don't share things that in an academic setting would be shared between an entire department. This makes more work for each lab to maintain the equipment. Shared office and conference facilities across institutes when labs are housed in close proximity would allow for better use of space and would save some money. Shared common equipment would also facilitate interactions between labs in different institutes and save time and some money. It seems like this is something that is in the process of being improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The National Institute of Health is a great place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse, different, research, innovative, beneficial to the scientific community.

    Cons

    Traffic sucks, hard to find parking, long days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good benefits, flexible schedules

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    Current Employee - Grants Administrator in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Grants Administrator in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, growth is good.

    Cons

    Office culture is not friendly or positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Admin management is not always helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great to work at NIH

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

    I have been working at NIH

    Pros

    Good research opportunities and work environment

    Cons

    research is slow because of sequestration

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not worth it

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rockville, MD
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Rockville, MD

    I worked at NIH as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The amount of seminars is nice, and easy commute via the metro. The LMS is robust with a lot of courses to take on-line.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated as second rate employees and nothing more than scratching posts. Aging employee population that blocks serious advancement opportunity or even federal hire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Cutting edge of research also hurts your wallet

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    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Exciting place to be part of life changing research opportunities.

    Cons

    Compensation is no competitive and opportunities for advancement is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the compensation. Sure, most people are there for stability and passion, but NIH can do better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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