High salary for the entry level people, particularly starting postdocs and technicians. High salary and long vacation time for senior technicians. high salary and a lot of free time for supporting staffs such as accountant, libarian, or other non-scientific staffs.
The finacial status of the institute is very shaky which is caused by the loss of previously steady contribution from the Chemical industries. However, there is no clear direction whatsoever from the top-heavy senior management group. The staffs are repeatedly told that the institute has made a significant transition, but the number just doesn't add up. Communicating with the senior management is very difficult, and always useless.
Advice to Management
Lay off the non-performing or supporting staffs. Let the capable people grow.
I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Hamner Institute in August 2009.
Although I only met with 3 people during this interview, an hour was given to each, making this a very process. Overall, the questions were very detailed and very aggressive. Without prior knowledge of the research efforts, it would have been very difficult to comfortably answer. When asked about salary, I gave a very broad range and lowered it considerably from my previous salary. The negative response from the individual was "So money is very important to you, then". I was quite uncomfortable with this response and didn't know how to answer since, yes, salary is an important factor in my job search. My impression was that they wanted someone who would do research for the sake of doing research and not to earn a living.
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