Working at NIH | Glassdoor

NIH Overview

Bethesda, MD
10000+ employees
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Unknown / Non-Applicable
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through its own research and the distribution of grants, seeks to understand disease inside and out. Part of the US Department of Health and Human Services, NIH is the government's main medical research entity. It ... Read more

Mission: NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life and reduce illness and disability

Company Updates

  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of the Director of Environmental Science Cyberinfrastructure (DESC). The DESC will have primary responsibility for aligning the current and future cyberinfrastructure needs of NIEHS with overall scientific priorities in the field of environmental health sciences. This position is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

    Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, bibliography, and full contact details for three references. In addition, applicants are asked to prepare two statements: a vision statement and a statement that addresses the specific qualification requirements. Both statements are limited to two pages each. Application should be sent electronically to Charletta Fowler, at

    Learn more about the position:

    Director of Environmental Science Cyberinfrastructure (DESC), NIEHS

    The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for the position of the Director of Environmental Science Cyberinfrastructure (DESC).

  • We are looking for candidates for an NIAID postdoc position open in the Lab of Persistent Viral Diseases, at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, MT. Preference will be given to those with experience and a background in stem cell culture and differentiation, molecular pathogenesis of infectious diseases, and/or animal models of infection.

    Postdoc Positions at the NIH View - Office of Intramural Training & Education at the National Institutes of Health

    The Prion Cell Biology Unit focuses on elucidating the underlying cellular pathways causing neuronal death and dysfunction during prion diseases, as well as understanding the basic cellular functions of the prion protein. We have a specific interest in the role of the prion protein in cellular redox homeostasis and how perturbations in redox balance influence disease progression and toxicity.

See AllSee All

NIH – Why Work For Us?


NIH is the only agency of its kind. We greatly impact the health of our country through unique and innovative medical research. NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $33 billion a year to enhance life, and reduce illness and disability. We also play a significant role in helping Americans live longer and healthier — increasing life expectancy in the U.S. by more than 31 years since 1900. 

Whether you are graduating with a bachelor's degree, entering the workforce for the first time, changing careers, or working on your doctoral degree, NIH offers a place for you to start and plenty of room to grow.

When you join us, you’re not just advancing your career — you’re driving the health of our country forward


Our mission is simple but critical: We strive to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Each and every one of our employees play a crucial part in shaping our mission and achieving our goals.


We believe in giving employees the flexibility and time they need to strike a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives. Our generous paid time off, sick leave, and flexible work schedules, along with child and elderly care options allow our team members to achieve a comfortable work-life balance.

 Learn more about working at NIH and find your ideal position today.


NIH is deeply committed to providing all employees with the best environment and experience possible. We work tirelessly to advance diversity and inclusion to ensure that the contributions of all members are valued.


To achieve this, we enlist the help of a variety of offices,working groups, committees, and affinity groups to foster a work environment where equal employment opportunity is a reality, and diversity and inclusion is woven into the fabric of our Agency.

We know that when employees’ unique perspectives are understood and appreciated, creativity and innovation flourishes — leading to important discoveries in biomedical research that advance our nation’s health.

Learn more about our dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion:

NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity

Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity

Common Fund -Enhancing the Diversity of NIH-Funded Workforce

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Our scientists and medical professionals come to work each day to make an impact on our nation’s health. Their skills and dedication drive the research that makes it possible for NIH to make the discoveries that matter.

NIH/NCI's Dr. Apolo was featured in Universum's Top 100. Dr. Andrea Apolo M.D. is dedicated to improving the treatment and survival of patients with genitourinary tumors. Her research involves developing and designing clinical trials to test novel agents for the treatment of urologic cancers. 


 “We can undertake research here that just wouldn’t be possible at many other institutions.”

—Sonja M. Best, Chief of the Innate Immunity and Pathogenesis Unit at the Laboratory of Virology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


Sonja Best performs groundbreaking research to understand how viruses can evade the human immune system. She thrives thanks to having a supportive framework that gives her the freedom to exercise her imagination — which, she says, is “really the only limiting factor here.”


Meanwhile, Bechara Kachar, M.D., is investigating gradual hearing loss by using high-tech imaging. He isn’t just making critical discoveries, but also shaping the next generation of researchers. A stream of fellows has graduated from his lab and are now forging successful careers of their own.


NIH Scientific Training Programs

The NIH IRP offers programs for high school and college students, recent college graduates, graduate students, professional students, and postdoctoral and clinical fellows.  The OITE provides career/professional development programming to help intramural trainees take maximal advantage of their time at NIH and progress successfully to the next step in their careers.

Learn More: Scientific Bio-Research Training

NIH FY 2017 Strategic Research Priorities

NIH Loan Repayment Programs for Health Professionals

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The escalating costs of advanced education and training in medicine and clinical specialties are forcing some scientists to abandon their research careers for higher-paying private industry or private practice careers.

Learn more: NIH Loan Repayment Program


Learn more and find the perfect medical or scientific role for you.

Be a Contributor to the Mission

You don’t have to be a scientist to drive biomedical research discoveries forward. At NIH, the administrative professionals support every aspect of our organization, allowing us to improve the health of the nation.

From auditors, to economists, to human resource assistants, the administrative employees make our work possible. At NIH, it’s about life, and our administrative staff are there to ensure the NIH is capable of achieving its mission. 

There are many other non-medical, technical, and admnistrative specialties under the Administrative careers umbrella which do not typically require knowledge or experience in the medical or bio-medical field. Discover some of our careers at NIH:

Financial Management & Budget

Project Management

Security and Emergeny Response 

Information Technology

Grants and Contract Management

Communication and Public Relations

Policy & Legislative Analysis


We welcome the fresh perspectives that students and recent graduates bring to our team. NIH is always looking for talented, motivated individuals to explore our three paths:

  • NIH Internship Program:Gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience with NIH in temporary positions.

  • NIH Recent Graduates: Affords recent graduates the chance to develop their knowledge and skills to lead to careers at NIH.

  • NIH Presidential Management Fellows Program: Gives advanced degree candidates the opportunity to sharpen their leadership capabilities and meet career goals.

NIH Student Loan Repayment Program 

The NIH Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) is a non-scientist loan repayment program. Its purpose is to facilitate the recruitment and retention of highly qualified, non-scientist, NIH employees. The SLRP is managed centrally by the Office of Management (OM), Office of Human Resources (OHR) and is not among the eight research-based LRPs administered by the Division of Loan Repayment.

Learn more about how these opportunities can jumpstart your career.

NIH Reviews

Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
NIH NIH Director Francis S. Collins
Francis S. Collins
368 Ratings
  • "NIH Culture- Enjoying the challenge"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Corporate Recruiter in Washington, DC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NIH full-time (More than 8 years)


    -Flexible work schedules
    -Challenging work that makes a difference in the world!
    -Management is typically fair and honest- tends towards collaboration
    -Great culture of scientific innovation; makes new ideas the norm


    -If you love highly charged political work - you might not find it here. NIH research focuses on long term health objectives for humans around the world. Not something that comes and goes with new leadership or management.
    -This is a very collegial focused atmosphere where opinions are heard out. If you don't have patience to work out consensus or find data to support your opinions to share with peers, you might get annoyed. I personally love it but some prefer direct orders.

See All 981 Reviews

NIH Photos

NIH photo of: Aerial view of NIH Main Campus
NIH photo of: The Louis Stokes Laboratories, also known as Building 50, on the NIH campus in Spring 2016.
NIH photo of: Aerial view of the Clinical Center (Building 10), NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
NIH photo of: The James H. Shannon building, also known as Building One, on the NIH campus in April of 2016. Credit: Lydia Polimeni, National Institutes of Health
NIH photo of: Smithsonian Institution Police Ofc. with Shadow and NIH Police
NIH photo of: Annual Veterans Day Celebration
See All PhotosSee All

NIH Interviews



Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview




  1. Featured Interview

    Helpful (2)  

    Post-Baccalaureate Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at NIH (Bethesda, MD) in August 2016.


    Sent an email to the PI. He met me the following week. We met at the NIH. I think it was helpful that I was already there. Otherwise, they usually conduct either a Skype or a phone interview. Some PIs will fly you in and interview in person.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to be in this lab? What are your future plans?   Answer Question
See All 152 Interviews

NIH Awards & Accolades

  • 2016 WorldatWork Work-Life Seal of Distinction, WorldatWork, 2016
  • 2016 Dean's Edition of US Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine's "Top Supporter", U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine, 2016
  • Universum's Top 100 Most Attractive Employers, Universum, 2016
  • Universum's Top 100 Most Attractive Employers, Universum, 2015
  • Top 20 Government Employers - Readers' Choice, Equal Opportunity Publications, 2012
See More

Work at NIH? Share Your Experiences

  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
  • Star
Click to Rate