Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

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Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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  1.  

    Satisfying if slightly hectic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

    Pros

    Good Pay. Interesting job.Got to work with kids and science.

    Cons

    Crazy supervisors, lack of communication and general craziness.

  2.  

    very relaxed but must be proactive

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very relaxed and flexible environment. very low stress. Perfect job for a student. Some groups are doing some great research and there are opportunities for collaborations and being proactive on other studies. Open 24/7, gym and showers, play soccer on fridays. Made a number of good friends.

    Cons

    Sometimes was not challenging at all. it was quite easy to do nothing all day and just goof around. the research itself seemed kinda lacking and slow paced, especially compared to NIH. Publications were mostly non-existent and the workforce was often not very ambitious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is not much room for growth within the groups as positions are usually static. Maybe create promotions i.e. lab tech 1, 2, 3 etc with pay increases depending on performance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Contract Research Position

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    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Research Technologist in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Time off policies were really good. Very family friendly oriented institution. Work-Life balance was a great plus. I was able to gain professional growth by performing side experiments with intent to publish outside the scope of my department projects.

    Cons

    There is an unsaid hierarchy between military vs civilian DOD employees vs contract workers. In that order to be exact. Usually the the department heads are enlisted and lab staff are contractors. This made for a very unstable situation in that the PI's cycle in and out every couple years. If the vision of one was not the vision of the next, projects were constantly being re-prioritized based on the PI's "vision".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was a contract worker thru CRM - the management was amazing, they take care of their employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    WRAIR experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of opportunities for research, DOD funding opportunities, translational research

    Cons

    Government bureaucracy, turn over of administration based on military assignment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Great Job

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly environment. Flexible work hours. If you worked in a research lab, you had to wear covered shoes but aside from that, you could dress casually.

    Cons

    Promotions were hard to get.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom and interesting work; I was in the clinical research side and it was lot of fun b/c the work and the research was interesting.

    Cons

    Not lot of support system. If you are on the bottom of the toting pole, then good luck because you will be blamed for things that you did not do. No accountability whatsoever. Good luck if you are a contractor and not a government employee b/c you will not be climbing the proverbial ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Learning Lab

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    Current Employee - Nan
    Current Employee - Nan

    I have been working at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

    Pros

    Educational, and good working environment.

    Cons

    Work experience really depends on who you work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
  9.  

    Noble idea, poor execution

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Silver Spring, MD
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral in Silver Spring, MD

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    place is deserted after 5 so no problems with work-life balance. most labs are nice and office culture friendly.

    Cons

    Building is falling down - bathrooms have been broken for weeks, walls have holes still not repaired from pipes bursting in winter. Doors broken for months. Recycling contract never got renewed so boxes left everywhere. Cafeteria is terrible, sometimes not open and no one is notified - closest food a 20min drive away. Bureaucracy is ridiculous - 90 day approval to go to a conference even if you only got invited in less than that time. Academics treated badly because they are not military - no communication about anything occurring on the campus. Training takes way too much time, especially when the training is geared to the military and not to the academics. Postdocs ignored and treated like they are non-existent. Mandatory training consists or lectures where they treat you like school children. No career development. Building isolated and transport is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone equally, regardless of military status. Fix building space and increase transport options.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good after college job

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    Former Employee - Research Coordinator
    Former Employee - Research Coordinator

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

    Pros

    Looks excellent on a resume. Good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    No chance of upward movement. Poor managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more and offer opportunity for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Nepitism and incompetant leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research full-time

    Pros

    There are some employees there that are doing the right thing (no personal agenda. They are good stewards of the taxpayers dollars.

    Cons

    HR Department practicesnepitism throughout the command, most previlent in HR and command suite, Poor Leadership, No transparency down through chain of command, and to many personal agendas througout senior leadership with bad residual effects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People do not organizations, they leave leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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