NIH Reviews in Rockville, MD

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
308 Reviews
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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 12 reviews)

  • long hours, low pay, bad food on campus (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Land of Plenty

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - IRTA Postdoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Incredible access to resources, both monetary (intramural funding), physical (equipment), and intellectual (the scientists). The post-docs are very well taken care of, from salary to benefits, options for travel, ability to do high level science, etc.

    Cons

    The campus is expansive and often disorganized especially because of age of buildings. Unless your division has a good niche for some technique/machine/protocol, booking time on machines or finding resources can be challenging. Lots of bureaucracy, but this can be overcome with some patience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medical Officer, NIH

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    Current Employee - Medical Officer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Medical Officer in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, Interesting Clinical Protocols.

    Cons

    Salary Freezes and Ceilings; Federal approach to treating workers all the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep an open mind to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Order Fulfillment Lead in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Order Fulfillment Lead in Rockville, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    creative environment, out of the box thinking, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    No enough people from the outside knows about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Excellent environment to do research and live.

    Cons

    There is a 5/8 year rule to limit the length of stay.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Research Analyst in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Overall very good for people who like to strengthen their background before they apply for a great phd program; Good for publication purposes

    Cons

    Low pace; it varies if you learn new knowledge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer In Training in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Administrative Officer In Training in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Hours, pay, work load, location, advancement opportunities, work schedules, teleworking, alternate work schedules, benefits, the people, and training is offered in everything.

    Cons

    Sometimes slow, tedious work, anything you could think that would be bad or slow with the federal government, this place is no exception to any of that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Smart people, good flexibility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Rockville, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    appreciate knowledge, research, science, and ability
    most departments pretty well run
    well funded
    government benefits but greater emphasis on merit
    flexible work environment
    student loan payoff

    Cons

    still part of government so can be slow and bureaucratic, depending on your office
    sometimes stuck with older technology
    frequent reorganizations waste a lot of time (endemic to places run by political appointees)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop re-orging every 3 years. Otherwise, once we get to do our regular work, it's a great place and we like it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Politics, Politics, More Politics

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    Former Employee - Ethics in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Ethics in Rockville, MD

    I worked at NIH full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is the NIH...great cache, mission, and name recognition.

    Cons

    It was the Ph.D's and "the rest of us." Too many pre-madonna types who thought their work was of more import than others. Traffic is/was a nightmare, never attempt to leave and make it back within 30 mins (even if where you are going is 10mins. away).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop paying lip-service...Major issues with integrity and Ethics, however, it would seem the more important you are NIH will cover your rear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Worked as a Post-Baccalaureate fellow for one year

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    Wonderfully warm, supportive office environment and extremely flexible hours. Healthcare is amazing... Blue Cross/Blue Shield requires only $10 copay for pretty much everything.

    Cons

    Pay was very low and I didn't get training on as many technical aspects of the work as I'd hoped (statistical analysis strategies, etc.)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Bettering human health, 1 pipet tip at a time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Rockville, MD

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

    Pros

    FREEEDOM to pursue your life's dreams at the frontier of medical science. The science is very high impact, even though the intramural program is under-respected in the academic community

    Cons

    The postdoc part. Long hours, modest pay, never enough free time. Someone figure out how to get 4 more hours in a day and there will be no cons... except for the pay part.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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