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The Scripps Research Institute Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
85 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place for graduate students (in 5 reviews)

  • Plenty of people from foreign countries is giving you an opportunity to learn and understand different cultures (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • San Diego is an awful place to live if you are used to living and like living in a big city (in 4 reviews)

  • Pay is average or below average relative to other scientific institutions due to high living expenses in La Jolla / San Diego region (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Small, Intimate insitute.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Scripps Research Institute

    Pros

    Free parking is always a plus, convenient location, and opportunities to grow under the right mentor or PI.

    Cons

    Lab to lab differences in expectations, as in any academic institute. Figure out how demanding your boss will be before you enter.

  2.  

    Great experience - I miss this place!

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in San Diego, CA

    I worked at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved the flexible hours. As long as I got everything done that day, I could arrive/leave the lab at any time, though finishing projects before my P.I.'s expected date was hardly an issue. I love my P.I., Chitra - very understanding and generous enough with project time frame. Environment and team was great.

    Cons

    I hardly consider there to be any cons. The only con, if any, might be that the lab could have been more exciting at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I have worked here for my entire professional career so far.

    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant Professor in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at The Scripps Research Institute part-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great environment for focusing on basic research with little outside distractions. There is access to cutting edge biological/chemical research technologies and the intellectual environment is outstanding. The pay is better than the average academic job.

    Cons

    There is generally not a lot of financial support for the average junior faculty. You are entirely dependent on funding your own lab, including your own salary.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    good environment ,lively research institute and good for chemistry

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great science and good reputation ,beautiful view ,good for graduate students

    Cons

    salary is low for postdoc ,some toxic chemicals like isotope used everywhere,not good for body,they treat graduate students way better than postdoc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider more for postdoc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not worth the money

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Jupiter, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Jupiter, FL

    I worked at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Possibility of high impact publications. Close to beach

    Cons

    High pressure constantly. Not much salary compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more to postdoctoral scientists.

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

    Better than UCSD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Scripps Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Unlike college campuses, parking is easy and free. There are plenty of walking spaces to get between buildings/spend your lunch outdoors.

    Cons

    Each building appears to have different rules. Some are fully locked at all times, some have front-desk personnel, some could be entered by anyone during work hours. Each also appears to have different facilities staff so response/results from maintenance requests wildly vary.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work and good neighboring environment for family

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Jupiter, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Jupiter, FL

    I have been working at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule is one of the best thing. Project-driven so as long as you finish your job done, it is all good. That means you have to devote more time in certain situation. Great benefits and on site gym, cafeteria, etc..

    Cons

    Salary is moderate for low level position. Non-scientific jobs are too relaxed. Not so much of social among employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Depends on the PI of the lab

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    Former Employee - Research Tech in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Tech in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I would say the you get great benefits, the location is great, and the ability to gain some experience is extremely helpful.Parking is free, which is a great help.

    Cons

    What you get out of the experience really depends on the lab you end up in. Get a slave driver, you'll work really hard. I had to work really hard, which was good in the end, but terrible during the experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of your techs. They make the lab run, and if you treat them poorly, you will suffer the consequences.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Administrative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management, work environment, people, muticultural atmosphere,

    Cons

    pay, room for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Depending on PI.

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at The Scripps Research Institute full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Almost everything for experiments was prepared in facilities and almost people know how to share their experience and materials.

    Cons

    Now Scripps has Financial problem, so some big guy would survive, but some other should leave the institute due to shortage of funding.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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