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Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Great academic environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Academic setting but a little more comfortable as far as resources available, etc. A little bit more like a corporate environment than typical university setting. Feels like part of UCSF in some ways, in other ways very separated.

    Cons

    Separation from UCSF can sometimes feel like a disadvantage - it would be nice to feel more part of the larger university community

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps try to integrate more with UCSF. Continue efforts to improve postdoctoral training.


  2. Supportive and dynamic scientific environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent support and facilities for scientists, including editorial and graphic design services and state-of-the-art core facilities (stem cell, animal, imaging, etc). Many events and seminars emphasizing not only scholarship but also topics like diversity and career development. Great location in a sunny part of San Francisco.

    Cons

    There are few female PIs, especially in leadership roles. Cost of living is very high in San Francisco, especially considering that graduate students and postdocs are trainees so get low pay!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work! The Gladstone is a vibrant scientific community that produces many exciting findings and trains many promising scientists every year.


  3. Good place to do a post doc

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Working with intelligent and motivated scientists.

    Cons

    Can be extremely demanding at times.


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  5. Research Associate III

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    Former Employee - Research Associate III in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate III in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, freedom to pursue own scientific interests and questions, access to UCSF resources and contacts, nice facilities, good vacation and benefits

    Cons

    Relatively low pay, not much room for growth or changing roles, each lab varies a lot, awkward culture, lots of focus on the post docs and graduate students, without as much attention paid to research associates who are also in the midst of developing their careers.

    Advice to Management

    Many of the cons at Gladstone are not a Gladstone-specific problem, but rather an industry-wide issue. A bit more focus on professional and career growth for RAs would be nice.


  6. Exciting place to be with rewarding work environment!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very collegial and smart people - values of integrity, teamwork and excellence show. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Expense of living in SF makes it difficult for trainees.

    Advice to Management

    Need more gender diversity in upper management.


  7. Awesome Experience working at Gladstone Institutes

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    Current Employee - Staff Research Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Research Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I started my Gladstone life as a postdoc trainee. There are many training programs to improve your capability for your next-step career, for both academic and industrial directions. Many training programs are free for Gladstone trainees. Gladstone also has very good scientific environment to inspire you and good research cores to support your projects. Salary is also a little higher than university.

    Cons

    San Francisco has very good whether, but research pressure keep you in the lab most of time, although it totally depends on what you really pursue for your career.


  8. great place to postdoc

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The Gladstone is a friendly, supportive environment, and the research tends to be very high impact.

    Cons

    It's hard living on a postdoc's salary in expensive SF.


  9. Gladstone is good to me.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    I like the people, and senior management. We have good benefits. I work with amazing and talented people. I like that our mission is to help humankind. I have been here for almost 15 years, and most of that 15 years has been a great experience.

    Cons

    Could be more fair and consistent with salaries. I know they think they are, and I know they try to make them fair and consistent, but ….. And some of the scientists are ego-centric.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged with your people at all levels.


  10. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vision, culture and people

    Cons

    Nothing to say about it


  11. Excellent Postdoctoral Training

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The level of science is truly exceptional. The environment is very collaborative. Open floor plan for each institute which makes it easy to get to know everyone working there, and to collaborate with anyone that can help you.

    Cons

    The institute takes themselves a bit too serious. They believe that everyone works there is excellent, and that they are the best place to work ever. At the end of the day it really depends on your PI and the lab that one works in how your work experience is going to be. Like everywhere, there are good labs and bad labs.



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