I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute full-time for more than 8 years
Pros – Casual atmosphere, generous benefits, generous parties.
Cons – A large number of prominent and respected scientists left because of stagnant leadership and politics. Several scientists have reacted online, but it doesn't look like management or the board are bothering to respond to any of the criticisms.
Casual atmosphere is relaxed, and tolerates some harassing behavior. Several people say supervisors just ignore review time, so it's hard to get increases or even cost of living.
Core administration staff is being outsourced and many others are just plain leaving. The whole place is emptying out in general. A number express the opinion that it's impossible to care what happens to the place.
It's a hard place to recommend, since it looks like it's dying.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-04-18 15:31 PDT
I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
Pros – Good medical, dental, vision care, and retirement benefits. A few good people remain, as do some fond memories. Management sponsors frequent celebratory parties.
Cons – Our 93 year-old founder remains in control through a hand-picked, uncomprehending board. Against all advice, he installed a director who did not want the job and does not direct. Our strongest labs have closed, and our main research facility is about to close. Most scientific and administrative talent has gone elsewhere or retired.
Advice to Senior Management – Resign and place the institute and its endowment in the hands of an independent group able to rebuild its staff, facilities, and reputation.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-01-28 08:31 PST
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