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NIH Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
326 Reviews
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326 Reviews
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NIH Director Francis S. Collins
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Senior Toxicologist

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    Current Employee - Toxicologist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Toxicologist in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Flexible schedule. Ample vacation time

    Cons

    Poor administrative support. Political oversight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organize more like a for profit business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Many different agencies - make sure you check the culture of each!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NIH as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Government job with stability and good benefits. LOTS of opportunity to move around and great place for a contractor to find a long term employment gig!

    Cons

    Each agency has the demeanor of the agency head. Lots of differences in culture!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make all rules the same for everyone! Could you a more broad based rule system instead of one that is tailored for each agency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience.

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

    I have been working at NIH

    Pros

    The research environment is outstanding and very collaborative: funding anxiety is not an issue for most PI's/researchers and resources are seemingly unlimited.

    Cons

    Compensation is typical for post-doctoral level of work, i.e., abysmal. Being expected to work 50 to 60 hours per work week is common.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great campus and environment but easy to get left out without strong self motivation

    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Bethesda, MD

    I worked at NIH part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good campus
    interesting research
    strong principle investigators
    world class research facilities
    good mix of grad students, post docs, and undergrads

    Cons

    uneven mentors
    uneven research opportunities
    not enough opportunity to contribute to mentor research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on making sure all summer interns have research projects to optimize personal development

  6.  

    Great Place to work for a researcher.

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Help make America healthier! At its best NIH gives you amazing opportunities to help science, via a mix of grant making, contract administration and research.

    Cons

    Its the Federal Government, and all that entails. Plus, NIH suffers from a focus on disease and on medical interventions. This can be frustrating for staff with a prevention orientation. Additionally, NIH is not very nimble, we move with glacial slowness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to create clearer simpler paths for staff to share ideas related to new research directions and new ways to improve processes. We need to rethink our balance between basic science, clinical science and the really hard science of prevention via behavior change.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Sales in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Sales in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    training, office, culture, perks, time-off

    Cons

    balance, benefits, values, promotions, leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    mngment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing work place!

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Vibrant atmosphere, great infrastructure, no pressure: don't need to write grants while you are there

    Cons

    No that great salary, quite expensive area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Every place has their pros and cons

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

    I have been working at NIH full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    More collegial and laidback than in academia. PI's are more relaxed and have more time to spend on high risk projects.

    Cons

    Salary is based on a stipend, so you have to pay quarterly taxes. Pay is lower than what you might get at university postdoc. Not many opportunities for practicing grant writing here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place for postdoctoral training as long as you work with a good PI

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    Former Employee - Visiting Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Visiting Fellow in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Funding is generally sufficient such that people can focus on research.
    Health care is fully covered for the family.
    Good opportunities for conferences and training programs.

    Cons

    Lab culture depends on PI. Many would expect fellows work overtime/weekends.
    My PI assigns paper co-authorship by fellow seniority not actual contribution. Also, he would delay submission of a paper to next year if he already has one published that year and has nothing planned next year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging experience in a very dramatic environment

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    Former Employee - Postbaccalaureate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Postbaccalaureate IRTA in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    As an Intramural Research Training Awardee right out of college, this is one of the best places to learn about research. Depending on your lab, you have the opportunity to learn about each step of the process-data collection, cleaning, analysis and writing. You also have a lot of opportunities to present your research through multiple poster sessions throughout the year.

    Cons

    My particular lab was extremely dramatic. Government stipends for post-bacc positions is really low.

    Positive Outlook

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