Stowers Institute For Medical Research

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Stowers Institute For Medical Research Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
22 Reviews
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Stowers Institute For Medical Research President & CEO David M. Chao, Ph.D.
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  1.  

    great place to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    Whether you are working in the lab or in the core group, this Institute has a lot to offer. The graduate students and post-docs get a very good training experience and exposure to the latest technology. There are many brilliant minds at work here and you can pick their brains and enhance your research.
    Moreover the benefits are one of the best.
    Overall a great place to work.

    Cons

    Being in a city where there are not many other good biotech institutes, there is very little collaboration outside the Institute. Again because of being isolated, the turn over is slow so if you want a job here, there are not many opportunities open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not really a good place for science, too limited in kansas city

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    kansas city is not for science

    Cons

    living expense is low here

  3.  

    Overall a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate

    I have been working at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time

    Pros

    Depending upon the lab you work in, it can be a very good experience. They encourage a postdoc to finish in 5 years. And help a postdoc to prepare for PI interviews. Good health and retirement benefits.

    Cons

    Some labs need to dissolve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience, incredible care for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Laboratory Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours (depending on laboratory), great perks

    Cons

    You will likely only experience one laboratory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    People working there love to give high reviews

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They should give high reviews, they have a chef on board, meals, refreshments are at ridiculously low prices and those overworked employees should spend less time on Facebook and managing their personal lives on the phone. Cell phones are free, laptop computers are freely given to roam whatever site you what including sites for swingers and social media.

    Cons

    How can there be a con...Nobody is following policy including regulatory compliance. Who monitors the police of this institute?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow your own guidelines about personal use and be consistent with how you have managed employees of the past. Looking the other way for the "special people" isn't right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    postdoctoral fellow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Change is not always welcome

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    Magnificent facility. Labs are very spacious

    Cons

    PIs are treated like Gods, even when they are obviously wrong

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    An excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research

    Pros

    The Stowers Institute is truly a beautiful place to work, has amazing facilities/amenities, and a great staff/support system in place for researchers. Many facilities, such as cell culturing, sectioning, etc are carried about by departments within the institute. Furthermore, research groups are provided funding by the institute, so there is plenty of money to go around for new projects, etc.

    Excellent research experience
    Great facilities

    Cons

    Location in city (avoid going east of institute)
    The standard pay for biological researchers isn't high to begin with. However, Stowers Institute pay falls within the standard market range for these positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Nice place, little growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stowers Institute For Medical Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Gym, good food. Nice working environment. Motivated researchers, and an excellent CEO!

    Cons

    Very little growth opportunity. It's best to move on after one or two years. Otherwise, you may retire with the exact same title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good look at core management. There is little motivation to retain talent. (Pay, mobility, or acknowledgement)
    Biology research is limited largely by technology, so why not motivate and retain good STEM employees?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to do research.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
    No opinion of CEO

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