NIH
4.0 of 5 240 reviews
www.nih.gov Bethesda, MD 5000+ Employees

NIH Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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4.0 240 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

NIH Director Francis S. Collins

Francis S. Collins

(97 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "A fair amount of independence, good work/life balance, plus you don't have to worry about funding"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Great perks such as nice people, decent salary, laid back work environment"
    in 11 reviews
Cons:
  • "not so ambitious; administrative red tape"
    in 11 reviews
  • "long hours, low pay, bad food on campus"
    in 7 reviews
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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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Stimulating research environment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at NIH

ProsGreat training for postdoctoral fellow.
Good funding for the research. Very stimulating environment

ConsThe experience can vary greatly from one laboratory to another.

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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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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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great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at NIH

Prosgood team enviornemnt and palce

Consthe outcome will be what you put

Advice to Senior Managementnice people

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Technical Fellow at Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at NIH

ProsGreat place to do research, secure funding creates a much more innovative research environment

ConsMy supervisors were micro-managers and the work was monotonous

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NIH -- Making a difference

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at NIH full-time

ProsThe people who choose to work at NIH do it because they care about creating new medical knowledge that advances human health. They have the right values and believe that they are making a difference -- which turns out to be true. They are.

ConsIn the current political climate, congressional support for all basic research and science has been on the decline, which is causing painful choices about what can be supported within NIH. Also, DHHS rules, especially around travel, make it hard to get things done.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe role of leadership is critical in these challenging times. Institute directors need to be much more visible and supportive as their staffs struggle to adjust to current changes. Clear planning is needed when deciding priorities in the face of scare resources.

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

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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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