Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
39 Reviews
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39 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 an 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Postdoctoral research institute with great facilities

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great facilities, excellent scientists, small and comfortable buildings, decent salaries, convenient location, excellent weather!

    Cons

    Lack of guidance in so many labs, people don't matter, solely publication oriented, no credit given even to the most fruitful, complete lack of culture, values and social life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring for the postdocs and they will care for the science! One BBQ a year is not called a social life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    High paced and somewhat exploiting environment

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good facilities, small institute, translational research oriented

    Cons

    high pressure, isolation, limited freedom to experiment

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

    company review

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great shared resources, great city to work in, career-building workshops provided

    Cons

    large overhead, PIs are struggeling, benefits could be better

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting academic experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Science level is high. Interesting and exciting, good place to study. Colaborating atmosphere.

    Cons

    As a job, long work hours and get paid less. Different depending on lab, but in general, postdoc's salary is low for highly educated scientist nation wide and hard to make living with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No protection for postdoc workers. PI can order whatever, and postdoc have to swallow it. Union or law would help. No future direction other than becoming a PI.

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