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Center for Infectious Disease Research Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  • The work spaces can sometimes feel isolating and there is a very high turnover (in 3 reviews)

  • The new president is an old friend of the former president (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Love it here"

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

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time

    Pros

    CIDR is a mission driven organization driven to find scientific solutions to the infectious diseases that afflict a significant population in the developing world. The Science is world-leading and the Operations staff are all focused on supporting the scientists. New leadership with a grand, forward looking vision.

    Cons

    Some historical challenges, but the new leadership is addressing these and making the organization a much better place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on moving forward.


  2. "Fun and rewarding work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The mission can't be beat, the employees are dedicated and fun, the science is cutting-edge, the benefits are competitive, and it is centrally located in a modern building. New president is enthusiastic and morale seems to be improving.

    Cons

    Non-profit, so the salaries tend to be on the low side, but the mission, benefits and work -life balance help to offset that.

    Advice to Management

    Continue making improvements and encouraging employees by letting them know they are valued and respected.

  3. "Great place to learn"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is an academically organized non profit research institute, you will have the opportunity to learn so much

    Cons

    there is limited room for upward movement and is not a long term employment option, you are limited by funding as in many academic foundations.


  4. "Lab Technician I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone I met was hardworking and motivated.

    Cons

    The hours are long, and with anything in Biology, the pay is low.


  5. "Wonderful people, wonderful attitudes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A supportive environment for a diverse range of employees, from grads and post-grads looking for a place to advance their skills to the next step in their career, as well as stable employees who've been here for thirty years or more.

    A laid back environment (though deadlines can loom for grants and papers), both family friendly and young-person friendly (events happen that suit both demographics).

    Exciting mission with multiple labs focused on different specialties, each producing great work.

    Colleagues that are friendly, excited about their own jobs, willing to share expertise, and generally quite intelligent and passionate.

    Cons

    Non-profit with salaries accordingly (though the good medical benefits help offset this).

    In heart of congested South Lake Union area.

    The waitlist for a parking spot in the garage is at least a year long.

    Advice to Management

    There's been some turnover in management as the non-profit environment (and biomedical non-profits in particular) are suffering from reduced government funding. Management seems committed to weathering the storm of the current economic environment. I can only wish them well in this endeavor.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not Improving..."

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

    Pros

    Many of the people who are still here are decent, intelligent, talented and dedicated to the mission. Benefits are decent. Salaries are good (if you are an executive).

    Cons

    The new president is an old friend of the former president. (Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...) Superficial changes are being made. However, cluelessness about how to actually lead this place still reigns. B.S., conflict avoidance and bullying (when you can get away with it) are no substitute for competence, accountability, leading by example, and serving a mission greater than your limited personal vision. Until change is made at the top (the president), there is no hope for this place. Everyone else trying to improve this institution, which was established to do so much good in the world, is just swimming against the current. Under the surface, there is an atmosphere of malaise at best. It is so sad.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are still unhappy and still leaving. They desperately need integrity from the top down. Without this, the hemorrhaging will not stop. And, a lot of great science, with roots going back before the great ISB invasion, will wither on the vine. Get a new leader! A real leader. Soon.


  7. "Amazing organization, true passion for the mission"

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

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative Science, Supportive Collegues

    Cons

    Have not experienced any negatives yet

  8. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Overall great goal: Solving Global disease
    Great location: Being in South Lake Union gives great access to collaborators.
    Modern Building with great research facilities

    Cons

    Leadership has been uneven and fund raising has been difficult. It is a hard field to raise money from external sources.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Diseased & Unstable"

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

    I worked at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time

    Pros

    Good community values, above average work life balance, decent benefits, interesting location.

    Cons

    An institute that is working on ridding the world of infectious diseases is itself diseased.
    This place is as stable as an elephant walking on a piece of string. The trouble begins in the most logical place - leadership. Or, lack thereof. There is no one at the top who really gets what the problems are. The board of directors seem to be in charge. They keep demanding that people be hired whom they think will solve the many problems of this institute, only to find several years later that they are riddled with not only the problems they had before, but an entire new set of problems. The hole they have dug just keeps getting deeper and they keep throwing more and more money into it, money that should be spent on keeping valuable employees and doing good science.
    This place relies on federal funding for about 90% of their activities. This was a struggle with the last administration, imagine what it will be with the next…not a pretty picture. They are currently looking for a new president because the last president was a disaster and costs the institute hundreds of thousands of dollars and was asked to “step down” when he should have been fired. What individual in their right mind would want to be president of a place that is limping along, with little hope for the future? This is a place that undervalues important members of the staff, while rewarding upper level management with exorbitant salaries and pay raises.
    They keep walking in circles. The finance and the grants departments have been in constant flux and chaos, never reaching a level of stability. Mostly because no one knows how to fix the problems. They bring in consultants to help, but the consultants either get sucked up by the problems and just add to them, or they provide guidance that is either ignored or forgotten.
    Instead of trying to solve the problem of the world’s infectious diseases they should focus on their own diseased state.
    If you are not particular about the culture, or stability of the place you work and don’t mind seeing waste then you might be happy here. Otherwise I would keep walking.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get a better understanding of what the people in the trenches are doing, how hard they are working, and reward them for their endeavors.


  10. "Great cause to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Center for Infectious Disease Research full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's easy to throw yourself into your work when itsupports a great cause. Great colleagues and vibrant location.

    Cons

    Position is dependent upon funding, the strain of which can cause turbulence in any organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep appreciating your staff, they work hard to support the cause


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