The Gladstone Institutes

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The Gladstone Institutes Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

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    Science is Good

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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 as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting Edge Science.
    Bright Scientists around you.
    Benefit is Excellent

    Cons

    Be Independent.
    Some PIs do not care about your future carieer~

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to be a postdoc!

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

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Science here is fantastic because everyone is so open to collaboration. The science is high caliber!
    Also, there are lots of resources, support for grant writing and submission, & great benefits. Also, the Gladstone has a very active Postdoc Advisory Group that organizes seminars for career development and professional skills like networking and presentation skills. Really makes the entire training well rounded.

    Cons

    Facilities support can be unresponsive at times. When equipment needed to be fixed or replaced, they would either show up without announcement, or take a very long time to respond. The facilities people themselves are generally helpful and friendly. Mix of very old and very new equipment. Overall, mild complaints though.

    Recommends
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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need more gender diversity in upper management.

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    It was exciting working at a research company because of the discoveries being made everyday.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at The Gladstone Institutes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hearing about the scientific discoveries was very cool. Work life balance was important to management. Co-workers were great.

    Cons

    Location sucked. President was a snob. Politics like anywhere else. Constant changing of direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Nice working environment

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for educational development. Flexible work time. Great work life balance and great benefits.
    Opportunity to attend scientific talks and conferences weekly .

    Cons

    Management should encourage more involvement of Research Associates in scientific part of projects rather than just be involved in technical part.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    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)

    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.

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    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 an year)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  10.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more engaged with your people at all levels.

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    Great place to work , cutting edge scientific research

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    Current Employee - IT Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - IT Administrator in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, good benefits, good pay, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow to implement changes and adopt best practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure employees provide input into job description and tasks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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