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  1. "Summer Intern experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, many opportunities to learn and grow. Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Working with many smart people when you're a novice.


  2. "It's okay."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral in Stanford, CA
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the best people in plant biology. Great location (Stanford, CA). Can use many of Stanford's resources.

    Cons

    Affiliated to Stanford, but not part of Stanford. Building is pretty old so are most of the equipment.

  3. "Good Science, poor compensation"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Brilliant Scientists, Great Campus, Chance to collaborate and network

    Cons

    Poor pay, old facilities, expensive area

    Advice to Management

    Better compensate scientists and staff who dedicated their life to research in the expensive area.


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stanford, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Carnegie has a wonderful community and work environment. The small size of the department makes it so that everyone knows everyone. Researchers have access to top-of-the-line equipment on Carnegie campus and the surrounding Stanford campus. The department has launched many young people onto successful careers.

    Cons

    Some parts of the buildings would benefit from renovation. However, this does not significantly impact the researchers' ability to do great work.

    Advice to Management

    I have really enjoyed my time at Carnegie. Thanks for doing a really great job. Keep up the good work!


  5. "Post doc for more than 4 years"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Researcher in Mountain View, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Carnegie offers some exceptional scientists to interact with, share ideas, and collaborate.

    Cons

    As a post-doc, I wish there were more resources available for career advancement.


  6. "Fun, interesting, nice people"

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    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Research Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Carnegie Institution Department of Plant Biology as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is very helpful and friendly. It's a very open atmosphere and everyone is happy to share their project or give you scientific help.

    Projects are quite interesting.

    Cons

    Can be physically labor intensive at times. Pay is a little low given the cost of living. Other than that, not much to complain about. Pension is quite good if you are full time.

    Advice to Management

    Some facilities can be renovated to give a more modern/high tech feel. Some equipment could also be replaced.


  7. "Working with researchers to develop instruments"

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    Current Employee - Instrument Maker in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Instrument Maker in Baltimore, MD
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great working conditions and benefits.

    Cons

    No downside to Carnegie, just a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Take the machine shop out of the hands of the inexperienced facilities engineer & give the machinist control of the shop.

  8. "Good place for a Plant biologist to stay."

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral
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    Pros

    Pretty friendly working environment plus plenty of chances to have lunch with the regular Friday seminar speaker. Every postdoc has some chances to organize some of the events including summer intern seminars or lunch with the speaker.

    Cons

    Kind of limited to Plant Biology, no much chances to know much about other biological research if you stay in the department everyday. However, it's not far from Stanford medical center or bio-x program, enough opportunities to hang out there. In summary, no significant cons to complain.

    Advice to Management

    The overall setup is good but it seems that communication between different labs is kind of too few. I would like to suggest to set up a yearly retreat like many other departments are doing.


  9. "A relaxing alternative to biomedical research"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Stanford, CA

    Pros

    Plant Biology, people tell me, is a much more relaxed field to be working in than, say, Medical Research. The place is small, people seem to know each other, and usually they're pretty friendly to one another.

    Cons

    Plant Biology seems like kind of a backwater compared to other areas of biological research. Perhaps that's changing now due to the increased interest in biofuels.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow principal investigators who state a dislike for undergraduates to have undergraduate interns as research assistants.