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American Society for Microbiology ASM Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "A good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My coworkers are amazing people that I am still close with; the benefits are really great; downtown location is excellent; most departments had actual offices (with doors and windows).

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement; very clunky management structure (though they're trying to change that); HR is not very helpful; no transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize value in your employees and reward continued loyalty and excellence with promotions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Approach as a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Program Specialist in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Established and stable organization; great benefits and competetive pay; central DC location; engaged member committees that oversee the organization; some really great staff and colleagues to work with.

    Cons

    Silo-ed departments. There is a sense that political pandering amongst some departmental directors exposes staff to unnecessary stress and lack of leadership in HR backs any staff up when so exposed. Transitions in leadership have led to some gaps in terms of direction in specific departments: Marketing; HR, IT and admin; Journals; and, International. There is a paucity of 'safety nets' for staff that speak out. In addition, there are no continuing education or training opportunities even if job responsibilities change or require additional training.

    Advice to Management

    Create better controls for Directors to meet responsibilities; create a better staff capacity building framework that adapts to the needs and job descriptions and aligns with overall organizational direction; revamp HR to meet staff needs. The organization operates on an entirely top-down approach - technical and logistical staff input from the bottom up is not taken on board. A more bottoms-up approach without taking away from the member focused committee oversight structure of the Society would be much welcomed.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Old school, high pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at American Society for Microbiology ASM (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salaries, diverse, awesome HQ location, smart and funny colleagues.

    Cons

    Fuddy duddy attitude toward telecommuting, in the midst of major growing pains, lots of academic egos, departments work in silos. Takes 2 years for 403B to vest. Not super flexible in terms of work schedules (depending on your department).


  4. "semiconductor cut back"

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    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Designer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    r & d very interesting work

    Cons

    subject to the semiconductor economy

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Copy Editor"

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    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Copy Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bright, creative coworkers; good benefits and salaries; very high standards for editing

    Cons

    Pretty heavy workload to keep up with


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Loved this fellowship."

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    Former Employee - Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, professional staff who know what they are doing; interesting and timely events happen frequently at the headquarters, a great place to network and learn something new.

    Cons

    The fellowship program I enrolled in only lasted a year, and it was difficult finding employment in policy after only one year of training.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "ASM is by far the best employer I've had."

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    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Editor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time

    Pros

    I pay nothing for top-rated health insurance. They contribute to my retirement fund regardless of whether I do. Pay is excellent and awarded fairly. 12 yearly sick days that roll over if you don't use, start with 13 vacation days and then 20 after 3 years.

    Cons

    Hiring has slowed in my department. People leave and their positions are not filled, which creates a problem around the holidays and summer when everyone wants to take vacation.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but not a lot of room to move up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My department has a great director and great colleagues. ASM has many great employees who are able to work together, across departments.

    Cons

    Some departments are not as great at communicating or have expressed concerns about their director's management. Not much room to work up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to vocalize any changes that affect staff. With the change in leadership, there seems to be a bit of uncertainty of where we are headed but that can be expected.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Mass Exodus from Meetings Department"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are reasonable

    Cons

    Awful, terrible, no-good management of the meetings department. Head of department talks about superior, while exhibiting the the same behavior. If you don't enjoy extreme micromanagement, the current meetings department leadership isn't for you. Since new department leadership came in, 85% of department has left. Eeks! Head of department is indecisive and provides poor guidance. Second in department is incompetent, insecure, and meddlesome in other areas.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be for someone to acknowledge the fact that an entire department turned over when leadership changed. It can't be an accident that everyone left.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "beware"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Society for Microbiology ASM full-time

    Pros

    A great downtown location, easy commute via metro.

    Cons

    run, don't walk away from this once-great organization. New leadership is fiscally irresponsible to the point of questionable legal and ethical conduct. HR is all smoke and mirrors, benefits were great...ten years ago and haven't been recalculated since at least 2012. Sinking ship.


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