Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Updated July 12, 2015
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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution President & Director Susan K. Avery
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  1. Postdoctoral Investogator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity for training after Ph. D before getting a permanent position

    Cons

    funding is tight and the term is short, need to do well at current job and look for next job the same time

    Advice to Management

    get more funding


  2. Hard to Pull off on Soft Money

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woods Hole, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woods Hole, MA

    I worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The Woods Hole Community is amazing with lots of possibility for scientific interactions. Researchers are cutting edge.

    Cons

    Money is always in short supply. Being on soft-money it's not hard to fund yourself for six months or even nine, but trying to cobble together funds for all 12 months is a pain.

    Advice to Management

    The institution needs to be on a better financial footing without having to resort to taking petroleum funding.


  3. Good work/life balance, strong culture, interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work, great culture, beautiful location, work/life balance, flexible work schedules. incredible science happens here. If you love the ocean, and want to feel like your making a difference in the understanding of our planet, you'll enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Weak management across the institution at all levels. Institution's funding highly dependent on current political environment of the day. Pay scale is nearly half of the average for nearby Boston area. Very difficult promotion process, some people never get promoted even after decades and despite good performance.

    Advice to Management

    Improve/streamline the promotion process to eliminate position stagnation. Evaluate pay scales to bring them more in line with industry averages. Show that the institution is not only an interesting place to work, but also a great place to grow your career.


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  5. Great place to work if your looking for a relaxed environment full of brilliant people

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    Current Employee - Engineering Assistant III in Woods Hole, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Assistant III in Woods Hole, MA

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relaxed Environment, Great Vacation/Sick time policy Very interesting place to work

    Cons

    Funding can be hit or miss


  6. Excellent place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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

    Pros

    Innovative exciting work. You get to be on the cutting edge of ocean technology which includes ship technology, submarines, AUVs, and ROVs. There is an abundance of work if you are proactive about networking. And for the most part everyone is very happy to work together. Casual - people bring their dogs to work as long as they are behaved, no dress-code

    Cons

    Lower pay than industry. Woods Hole is very quiet during the winter months. Some people get bored with the community but Boston is only an 1-1/2 to 2 H hour drive North.


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    Great

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Woods Hole, MA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Woods Hole, MA

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Family life . . .

    Cons

    Salary . . . .

    Advice to Management

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  8. Exciting research, completely inept management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woods Hole, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woods Hole, MA

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -best oceanographic work in the world -lots of opportunity for collaboration with very bright, skilled people -great engineering to go along with the science -communications dept. offers excellent public outreach training & experience

    Cons

    -financial mismanagement on epic scale; the institution is in major trouble -current director (Avery) is completely self-centered and treats employees with disdain. She has ignored looming financial problems throughout her tenure. She also can't say a coherent sentence that hasn't been written for her by someone else, and sometimes not even then. -Because the scientists are all on soft money, there's a prevailing attitude of "every man for himself," with little effort or attention put into the institution in general. -General assumption that your personal life is not nearly as important as work. People who stake out evenings and weekends as personal time are second-class employees.

    Advice to Management

    -Get a new Director. -Make decision-making more transparent. Too many big decisions are simply announced, and nobody knows what "facts" were used to make them. -Improve communication within the institution: Require dept. heads and directors of the institutes to sit down with each other a few times a year. -Get a development group that can do its job. The efforts here are feeble at best.


  9. Beautiful location

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    Former Employee - IT Systems Assistant III in Woods Hole, MA
    Former Employee - IT Systems Assistant III in Woods Hole, MA

    I worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many dynamic and smart staff. Everyone is friendly with each other. Found the Titanic Ship that sank in the Atlantic ocean.

    Cons

    Driven by research and grant money from places like NSF. With the economy the way it is, many cutbacks occurred.

    Advice to Management

    Engage more with your employees in a positive way. Many times, I felt like I was left out at Sea with only a lifeboat and a life-line ( my mind ); especially doing IT Support.


  10. Always exciting and doing good in the world.

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    Current Employee - Institute Administrator in Woods Hole, MA
    Current Employee - Institute Administrator in Woods Hole, MA

    I have been working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere. People who value your work. Contributing to the greater good. Scientists are amazing people and fun to work with!

    Cons

    It is sometimes difficult to get funding for projects, particularly in the current economic situation but we make the best of it.


  11. WHOI is a great place to intern and build research skills.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Woods Hole, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Woods Hole, MA

    I worked at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Interesting work -Travel opportunities are possible if desired -Friendly people -Employees have high levels of autonomy -Great location

    Cons

    -Low pay -Work for an intern can be repetitive at times

    Advice to Management

    Support mid career and younger scientists more, they help to make WHOI the place it is.



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