Stowers Institute For Medical Research

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Stowers Institute For Medical Research Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
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  1.  

    postdoctoral fellow

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It is great pleasure to work in this wonderful institute. People here are very helpful and work in a collaborative manner. The research facilities are amazing and we just need to consider the scientific questions without sacrificing your precious time to prepare laborious reagent preparation. In addition, living expense in Kansas city is low and we can have a good quality of life with the salary provided by the institute.

    Cons

    Here, postdocs can be promoted to other titles with commensurate salaries as long as you have a certain number of research accomplishments.

    Recommends
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    Great place to do research.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As many visiting researchers mention, this place is obscene from the point of view of ressources at hand for the researchers. Weekly student conferences and speaking visitors; on-site purchasing system and 24 cafeteria with very decent service and food choice.
    If they are interested in you, they are also likely to hire your significant other with you.
    The price of living in Kansas City is very low, especially provided the Institute salary.
    Many postdocs are creating their own lab and the predoc/postdoc association is rather active when it comes to organizing professional events.

    Cons

    Stowers is not a very known institution. Unlike Rockfeller, Salk, the name is not made yet, but this is little obstacle unless you want to return to industry, provided that many post-docs are creating their labs after passing by Stowers.
    The fact that it is not a studying campus also means that you are rather isolated compared to an academy position in a university.
    Kansas City is not a wery animated city. It stands nowhere near to SF, LA, SD, NY or Boston.

    Neutral Outlook
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    Summer intern

    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing facility and great collaboration

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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    Good place to get work done

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Everything you need to do science is here

    Cons

    Institute is of the highest caliber but it is less well known than others it competes with simply because it is newer and relatively small.

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    One of the greatest places to work as a scientist

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Extremely good support for research. Any experiment you want to do, they will find a way for you to do it. The core facilities are incredible. All equipment from pipettes to desktop computers to confocal microscopes is top of the line and very well maintained.
    - Beautiful facility, very good cafe, gym, outdoor areas, library. Fitness classes, English lessons, professional development (training for presentations, learning about alternative careers, etc). Free espresso, lattes, fancy loose leaf tea 24 hours a day! Easy free parking.
    - Good benefits, health, dental, retirement. Employees get an additional 15% on top of salary added to a retirement account each year.
    -Collegial atmosphere. Sense of collaboration, no great need to sheild your work for fear of colleagues stealing results.

    Cons

    There's only one con which is difficulty of maintaining work/life balance for students and postodocs. The students in my lab work literally 12-14 hours/day, every day, which at $24k for KU students comes out to much less than minimum wage. This is not forced, it's just the atmosphere of the lab - everyone wants to get ahead and not fall behind. The Pricipal Investigators are the best in their fields, they have acheived a lot and they expect a lot. This is fairly standard at a high level research institute and I think it is somewhat better than average at Stowers, where the Institue at least allows 3 months paid maternity leave even to students, and provides a room for pumping/breastfeeding and a room with tv and games where kids can hang out if you have to bring them in on the weekend. Things are a lot easier for Institute employees, such as core group members and technicians. Those generally work a 40 hour week and no weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is really good about listening to requests directly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  7.  

    really good.. very friendly environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good and smart colleagues, great work environment, good funding for research, core facilities very helpful

    Cons

    post-docs not eligible for independent funding, no positions similar to a RAP (Research Assistant Professor) - a position usually available in universities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    enjoyable working environment and wonderful people

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Core facility is really supportive so that you can focus on more difficult experiments. Lab managements are good. People are super easy to collaborate.

    Cons

    Not a very interesting place. Not many other medical research institutes or universities nearby.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Get place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    This is really a great place to work. Everyone is so respectful and professional and I love that we have a cafe and gym on site.

    Cons

    Some of the day to day work can be very routine and it is quite easy to get bored or feel like a robot, but then again there is always something new to learn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is really a great place to come to work and the majority of the team members are really proud of what we accomplish!

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  10.  

    Review of Research Tech III

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    Former Employee - Research Technician III  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    Awesome benefits and nice facilities

    Cons

    No upward mobility, promotions etc seemed to be random in the group I was in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the leadership of some core groups and see if in fact the leaders are actually leading

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  11.  

    Good place, but variable

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    Proud to work at a great place that supports smart people and has a humanitarian mission. Probably wonderful for driven researchers, with great support and wonderful benefits. Opportunities for growth abound.

    Cons

    Some non-research jobs specialized, with less opportunity for advancement. Work environment varies greatly among labs/departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current management is doing well.

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