Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

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Updated October 16, 2014
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  1. Good place to do postdoctoral research

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of talented scientists. Stimulating research. Lots of opportunities for collaborations

    Cons

    Although WI has one of the highest salary rates in the US, all postdocs in the academia are severely underpaid. Long hours, also comes with the territory

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  2. Great intellectual community, relatively small size keeps a village feel.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smaller size, and separate administration from MIT keeps the red-tape to a minimum. Staff are excellent, and help researchers get on with their research, rather than provide roadblocks.

    Cons

    Because the average labs size are very large. Each tends to keep to itself and are somewhat insular, for example all sitting at lunch together. Little encouragement to talk and interact with other lab members.

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    Promote more inter-lab dialog.

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  3. Good place for research

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Core facilities are fantastic, lots of brilliant people, cookie hour, forums

    Cons

    Inter-lab culture can be somewhat lacking, and it's cut off from the rest of MIT. Also the labs tend to be very large and disconnected from each other.

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  5. Great learning experience with the best of the best in the field.

    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Student
    Current Intern - Undergraduate Research Student

    I have been working at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing and patient mentors to teach students like me from the very basics.
    Great resources for learning and for work!
    Staff are so nice and helpful. Always willing to lend a hand.

    Cons

    Bench space is limited! What is an office?
    If you don't buy your media, beware of (somewhat infrequent) mishaps in the in-house media.

  6. Top notch research environment and experience

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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Research Technician in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - access to seminars by leaders in the biomedical field
    - access to many of MIT's resources
    - competitive non-profit/academic salary
    - good funding in general allowing for latest research
    - make influential connections
    - great brand name to help continue in academia or industry

    Cons

    - sink or swim culture depending on your boss
    - HR not helpful with questions after i left the institute
    - sometimes long hours expected (nature of your project)

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  7. A wonderful place to work

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    Current Employee - Technician Level I in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Technician Level I in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

    Pros

    Very academic and collaborative
    Many difference technologies available and ready for use

    Cons

    No particular downsides to the Whitehead

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    None

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  8. long hours, but unlimited funding

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

    Pros

    the place is a great door-opener on your resume, but don't expect to get any mentoring or support from colleagues or faculty. at best, they will criticize, at worst, they will steal your ideas.

    Cons

    long hours, no personal time, internal competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the old guard needs some changing. david page has been phenomenal in implementing benefits for postdocs, but for the most part, it's the age-old practice of cheap labor on the backs of ambitious, low-paid students postdocs. i would estimate 70% of the current workforce is heading straight to industry or consulting, they've been so soured by the academic experience.

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  9. Fantastic institute for biomedical science but very competitive and cut-throat

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

    Pros

    The Whitehead is a fantastic scientific institute where the most cutting edge biology is taking place. They invest many different programs to take care of their postdoctoral fellows (computer programming courses, grant writing). WI is at the forefront of pioneering efforts to bring great benefits to its hardworking postdocs. Its a great collaborative environment to get science done across multiple disciplines. The Broad Institute and HMS are very close...it never hurts to be around lots of smart people who can help you get things done.

    Cons

    The major downside is the high level of competitiveness at the Whitehead. You have to realize that you are dealing with some of the most competitive investigators in the world. You have to play their game and learn their rules. Protect your ideas and your work because you never know who will take them from you and claim them as their own...

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    Protect your workers ideas and interests.

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