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Updated July 3, 2015
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NIH Director Francis S. Collins
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. Great place for medical research

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at NIH

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to be for research. Clinical Center is the biggest research hospital in the nation and it has everything you need to move the research from lab bench to patient.

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy can slow down the workflow. Simple things like getting a badge or ordering may take more than few days. If you want to travel for a conference or seminar you have to submit the travel order 9 month in advance and the approval comes very late.


  2. nice place with a lot of smart people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH

    Pros

    very nice place to work

    Cons

    large campus parking is awful


  3. Great Place To Bee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Program Analyst in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    OITE is a great group of people that are very supportive and welcoming

    Cons

    Not enough hours in the day


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  5. Assistant Clinical Investigator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, don't have to rely on grant writing to do great work, amazing core facilities, fantastic medical and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Traveling to a scientific meeting is difficult as you must sign up with admin 9 months before, can only be approved to go if you are presenting work, and approval comes on average a week before the conference making hotel/travel very problematic.

    Advice to Management

    Most of us are not traveling to party like the IRS did in Las Vegas. Don't put the burden on us, especially young trainees, that is currently in place. We can't educate ourselves and establish collaborations outside NIH because of the restrictive travel policies.


  6. Postbac research fellow

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Has a very good working environment .

    Cons

    Government efficiency is often a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Need younger PIs.


  7. Scientist appeal

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best opportunity to work in world renowned Biomedical research Institute and contribute your life time achievements with passion for the benefit of mankind

    Cons

    Too much politics are involved nowadays. They can use you entirely and as you forgot to think outside of the tank (even family requirements) beyond research and achieve success, suddenly through you out even after 17-years of expertise without any consideration, non-supportive nature by administration makes difficult to survive in the current time. They could offer to get support of resume re-writing/stress management rather than removing the actual cause of stress. Clever people can survive by joining inside the politics.

    Advice to Management

    There should be assistance for long serving and midcareer people/employee, definitive career direction, otherwise, they have to face tremendous difficulty to find replacement jobs. Even after more than of 50 years of service, some people having no problem to continue till death, putting others in danger. Too much budgetary constriction should not be applied to mainly small budget laboratory compare to enriched laboratory. More administrative cost should be avoided to preserve research and benefits from complex high risk research. Careful consideration could be made to avoid access of opportunist and we hope scientists/clinicians/administrators/well-wishers should come together to protect the best and preserve the healthy environment for the world.


  8. Learned A LOT

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH

    Pros

    Professional skills in biomedical fields.

    Cons

    Very professional sometimes in and out of the laboratory


  9. Great For Gaining Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Post Baccaleurate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Post Baccaleurate IRTA in Bethesda, MD

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Resources, Learning Environment, Great Lecturers

    Cons

    Salary is low, Designed to end after two years


  10. Quality of Life at NIH

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Energy Engineer in Clifton, VA
    Former Employee - Energy Engineer in Clifton, VA

    I worked at NIH (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent and good; you have freedom how to perform your job.

    Cons

    None, Management is very supportive.


  11. NIAID Postdoctoral Fellow

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place, unlimited resources, creative people

    Cons

    Cost of living is high in the DC metro area.



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