The Gladstone Institutes

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Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. 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.


  2. Good place to do a post doc

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Research Associate III

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Science is Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at The Gladstone Institutes as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  6. Great place to be a postdoc!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  7. Exciting place to be with rewarding work environment!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    Chill out.


  9. Awesome Experience working at Gladstone Institutes

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Nice working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. great place to postdoc

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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