Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

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Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Very good institution

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Good organization, efficient people and very professional. All the facilities are very efficient and help you a lot with everything.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons, my experience here it has been great.


  2. Postdoc

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

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The community is fantastic., very colaborayive. The facilities are amazing and the experience doing research there was life changing.

    Cons

    Could improve post doc counseling. Many foreigners feel lost and need some help during their transition.

    Advice to Management

    Improve career counseiling. Seminars and have a group to check the relationship postdoc x PI.


  3. CIRM Intern

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    Current Employee - Research Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Intern in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, Helpful lab employees

    Cons

    Nothing specifically except Less food options


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  5. Postdoctoral Fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cutting age research going on all over the institute

    Cons

    Operates in soft money so stability maybe an issue.


  6. Great place to start a research career

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    User-friendly core facilities, fast turnover of tasks by staff

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for promotion, low levels of salary


  7. good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute

    Pros

    Friendly environment and good communication between labs.

    Cons

    Some of the buildings are spread out.


  8. Graduate Student Prospective

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    Current Employee - Grad Student in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Grad Student in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Schedule - Nice Environment - Very Efficient International Office - Salary --> No TUITION

    Cons

    - Very Competitive - Not Yet Accredited


  9. Avoid pleasantville

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time

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

    Pros

    SBMRI has one of the best locations to work even though you will be inside 60hrs a week. The cafeteria workers are friendly and the food does the job. Parking is very easy and close at SBMRI. SBMRI has adequate equipment to perform quality science. The security is reliable here as well.

    Cons

    Don't spend more than 6 months here. Put it on your CV and move on. They took my best discoveries and I barely received an average salary. They will hold you hostage with the recommendation promise and exaggerate their power to publish. These are ubiquitous problems that are acute at SBMRI. Another paper mill where discovery is the exception to the rule.

    Advice to Management

    At some point in order to be at the cutting edge of science and make meaningful discoveries management will need to Invest in the people not their cars.


  10. I had a great experience working at this institute.

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

    I worked at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ii is an institute with great scientists, amazing group of core facilities and personnel and very safe, friendly, and encouraging work environment.

    Cons

    Not many multidisciplinary lectures, institute is mainly focused on cancer biology and does not have a very active research students association.

    Advice to Management

    The institute should organize frequent career guidance seminars. If the core facilities can give a 30 minute, once a month, short presentation about data analysis, it would be awesome. The institute can have a bigger lecture hall and should invite speakers from diverse fields, basic and applied.


  11. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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