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Updated August 26, 2015
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NIH NIH Director Francis S. Collins
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, Lots of different positions (in 11 reviews)

  • Obviously, the NIH is probably one of the only places in the US where you can do cutting-edge biomedical research with fairly flexible budgets (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • not so ambitious; administrative red tape (in 13 reviews)

  • No grant writing experience, mentorship is secondary (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Wonderful Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Postbacalaureate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postbacalaureate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at NIH (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working at the NIH allows you to be in an environment with some of the greatest minds in the world! There are researchers and clinicians from all over the globe. There are fantastic resources in terms of seminars, classes, and career-building opportunities.

    Cons

    The pay for a technical or postbacalaureate IRTA is low compared to the costs of living in a city like DC.


  2. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    stimulating environment with lots of exposure to different types of research

    Cons

    funding issues restrict traveling, purchases


  3. Lots of resources, great projects, nice people

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Could work on as many as clinically relevant projects Almost no research funding limitation Nice people

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, especially for new comers Salary is too much charted IT people are not responsible enough

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT


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  5. Postdoc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Many new things available to learn

    Cons

    No Grant Writing Experience, very slow processing


  6. Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great stimulating environment world class facilities

    Cons

    Large bureaucracy, things happen very slowly


  7. Good place to work if you are in a good lab

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, excellent benefits, lots of resources.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost, hard to find people to connect with, experience really depends on the individual lab you are in. Also lots of red tape to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for post-docs to interact with PIs for mentoring.


  8. Contractors be advised

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time

    Pros

    A great place for connections

    Cons

    Contractors aren't treated so well

    Advice to Management

    See Cons


  9. visting fellow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of learning opportunities through training and workshops, excellent working environment

    Cons

    long processing time of everything


  10. Great place to work, but some annoyances

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    Current Employee - Post Baccaleurate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Post Baccaleurate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing science, super smart people, incredible resources

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy, some colleagues were a little too comfortable at work

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Very nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at NIH full-time

    Pros

    Less stressful, fairly high flexibility for a researcher, lot of free resource if you love to learn.

    Cons

    Politics are fairly strong by feeling, seniority are often in the way of young talent.

    Advice to Management

    Not professional, low efficient management.



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