Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. It was an internship position.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Can Learn many kinds of skills and knowledge from post-doctoral follow or assistant professor. There was required class for lab safety skills. It also helps a lot.

    Cons

    There is wet-benched lab base, so I worked alone or my-self in most of time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Research Assistant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Close knit, great values, team work

    Cons

    Long hours, lack of promotions for assistants

  3. Great!

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    The employees are very nice and act professionally.

    Cons

    No con, the job just wasn't for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. I believe SBMRI can be one of top place to experience science, collaboration, and good environment.

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    Former Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    well balanced environmental condition for science and family.

    Cons

    Too much focused on cancer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Quite good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Collaborative nature between labs. My boss was a very well known person, nice to deal with and always gave encouragement. Very smart people with work with.

    Cons

    Moving up is almost impossible. At times, there was lack of leadershio

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Good research institute

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They let you apply internal funds like Fishman Award, organize social gatherings, very good location, high quality science and good papers.

    Cons

    PIs have the authority to do whatever they want. They will make you work weekends and holidays but unfortunately HR will not interfere. There is too much politics in terms of authorship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great place to acquire skills and expertise required to transition to industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    top quality science, good collaborations

    Cons

    long work hours, but that's common to most places conducting biological research

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Good people, beautiful campus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing,no lack for work.

    Cons

    pay not on scale with national average, little chance for promoting, politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking" benefits" away show some appreciation for those that keep you employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great, forward-thinking company with it's share of bumps

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For a non-profit, they believe in spending money to make money, which is refreshing. They invest in their people. Benefits and perks are generous and the campus is a nice, comfortable place to spend time. This is speaking from the administrative side - the scientific side may disagree.

    Cons

    The company has had a lot of ups and downs in recent years, between layoffs and leadership changes to windfall donations. The uncertainty was stressful, and sometimes people lost jobs unexpectedly.

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    The President & CEO seemed to have a great handle on what was and was not working. It was just a matter of finding the right people in the other leadership roles and getting everyone marching in the same direction. I would say that the review process could be more thorough to ensure that people are getting the recognition they deserve, and that it's known when people aren't pulling their weight, and people's titles reflect their level of experience.

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  11. A decent place to transition to industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very active graduate student and post-doc network. The parties were well organized by BSN and provided a nice atmosphere. There is a lot of opportunity to network and talk to other researchers and scientists.

    Cons

    Most P.I.s are good to work with, but some are shady and just overall poor managers. The salary was probably below average/average to the rest of the market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There isn't much vertical movement at this institute, but this probably isn't specific to SBIMR.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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