Society for Neuroscience Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was somewhat concerned about the negative glassdoor reviews, but kept an open mind as the position is exactly what I was looking for. The recruiting process was a very good experience and I am very happy with my on boarding experience. I see a great organization with a important and highly relevant mission and dedicated employee who are clearly interested in making a positive impact. Leadership is very supportive. Excellent total compensation package.

    Cons

    It appears there is some negative legacy and we will need to look forward.

    Advice to Management

    Continue thinking in new ways


  2. Helpful (1)

    Short time, high exposure

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful office. Fun environment. The annual meeting is a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Office politics. No worse than any other office, however.


  3. Helpful (2)

    It's a coin flip

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance Ability to travel for work Support of professional development advancement

    Cons

    Depending on your department and boss, experiences vary greatly.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Can be positive or negative environment depending on what you are looking for in your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Society for Neuroscience full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High-performing organization with proactive and forward-looking leadership. The mission and work of the organization is interesting and can be exciting. Generally speaking, the people that work there are positive, supportive, and collaborative. Can be satisfying place to work if looking to gain experience and fulfill expectations and requirements defined by others.

    Cons

    Tightly managed from the very top. Organization is extremely heirarchical, with requirements for written approvals to make seemingly minor changes/improvements that can take weeks or months to get. Proactive initiative-taking at lower levels is more often punished than rewarded. Executive leadership has limited ability to trust employees at all levels and therefore restricts independent action and thought. If you want to be creative and act with any significant degree of independence, this is likely not going to be a good fit for you.

    Advice to Management

    None. I believe the management style of the top 2-3 executives is relatively ingrained at this point, and only a change in leadership will have any impact on the culture of the organization.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Don't work here if you can think for yourself. SMART people avoid this place as it will destroy your intelligence.

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    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Society for Neuroscience full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free soda machine, coffee, tea. Birthday lunch events every month. 9-5 schedule.

    Cons

    Very top heavy structured, little to say or question starting at bottom. Treated like an idiot/kid as being told what to do. Very (micro managed). They must control your thoughts, behavior, and action to not be able to think outside of what they want you to think. Very high difference in salary of managers and entry level. Very high salary differences. Low bonuses (3%) each year.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating us like kids and thinking were idiots of not knowing what to do.


  7. Helpful (4)

    SfN where smart people go to told their not so smart

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Society for Neuroscience full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location, really liked my co workers and my department head

    Cons

    Bad bonus structure, did not like the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like they are idiots


  8. Helpful (4)

    Love Who I Work With, Not Who I Work For

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice, sunlight-filled office; great colleagues; decent benefits; good hours; opportunities for paid-for professional development.

    Cons

    Slow-moving approval processes; HR doesn't trust staff; low pay; few opportunities for advancement; staff encouraged to not think for themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Allow staff to think for themselves and respect their opinions in their specialties. Everything does not need to be micromanaged and approved all the way up the chain. Also suggest senior management not treat staff like children when it comes to sick/time off policies, etc.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Not great, not terrible

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time

    Pros

    -Free soda machine -Great health insurance -Relatively close to metro -You will learn something -overall positive work environment -the work parties always have decent food, wine and beer -each department plays a very specific role so there is less cross over work

    Cons

    -Only certain departments create positions for people that need promotions -There is a lot of turnover at the assistant and coordinator level -There is a large difference of pay between management and everyone else -There is a lot of snakes in the grass and hence a lot of drama. The new HR team has done a lot to fix that, but you still have to be very careful about who you talk to and about what -Senior management seems to be unaware of the discontent -Its a great mission and organization, but with the drama people tend to quit in dramatic fashion, pushing key projects off onto others

    Advice to Management

    It would be better at this point to reduce the number of positions and create more versatile positions. Whatever it takes to get people the salary they need. Few people are comfortable speaking out. Most just take advantage of the experience and benefits and then move on. They also need to flex more with the times. Often it takes so long to get things approved, even after the new changes, that the improvement is outdated by the time it is implemented.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Coworkers were saving grace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Society for Neuroscience full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great relationships with co-workers - Opportunity to travel for conferences - Flexible hours - Professional Development Opportunities

    Cons

    - No room for advancement - Lack of respect for employee knowledge - Micromanaging to the point where little things of actual importance get accomplished in a timely manner - Extremely low salary with no attention paid to education - Benefits are presented in a way that is less than genuine - (i.e. raises, transportation reimbursement) Be sure to clarify and not take things at face value.

    Advice to Management

    Start valuing and respecting employees.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Great coworkers, poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Society for Neuroscience full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good coworkers, nice office, good hours

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement, micromanagement, little respect for workers' expertise and professional opinions, very little professional development, meaningless annual review process, low salaries, rigid adherence to hierarchical structure regardless of an individual worker's talents. One illustrative example: in the space of 12 months, there was upwards of 40% turnover and yet the underlying issues were never addressed. This makes employees feel replaceable and unvalued. In addition, many people in upper management have a knack for turning what are supposed to be ways of showing their appreciation into just another reminder of how little you are valued as an employee.

    Advice to Management

    A company can have low salary and be a great place to work OR high salary and be a poor place to work. SfN currently has low salary and is a poor place to work. If you want to improve morale, start respecting workers' professional expertise and ask people what they need from you (instead of assuming what the issues are) and respect them enough to believe what they are saying. In addition, add a way for employees to provide feedback on their superiors (you might be surprised at what you learn, good and bad) and then believe what they say. Most of the discontent is not just "sour grapes"--it comes from a genuine desire to feel appreciated and respected as a human being and as a professional.



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