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DOE Joint Genome Institute Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. "Lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Tons of different possibilities of project to work on

    Cons

    Due to job submissions from outside JGI may have multiple projects with little actual work or background

    Advice to Management

    Stay classy


  2. "Be very wary of the low level male employees in this place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    At the JGI, on the one-hand there are talented software engineers, computer scientists, physicists and influential scientists. Pretty decent people.

    Then, there are also these low-level male employees (who are the real problem) hired to handle low-level jobs such as clean and autoclave glassware, take garbage out, clean up after the research associates in the labs etc., These low-level/janitorial level employees don't just focus on getting their work done, but instead spend a lot of time in gossip, as in: which woman is now pregnant at the JGI, what season saw the most number of pregnancies, who is married, who is dating who, is any woman available for dating etc (these clowns from the ghettos actually think that the extremely educated, accomplished single women here are available for them to approach and see if they are interested in them!). Scary!

    Sadly, these are not very intelligent, un-educated men. They could and should have been gotten rid of a long time ago! Likely, that there are other insignificant employees (that don't have much to do, or are not that intelligent themselves) who are offering these ghetto males news feed on the status quo of women at the JGI. Watch who these men most frequently approach and chat with, to know who they are.

    My advice to any woman that encounters a sorry episode with these low level male employees (glass-washer) would be to report them to HR and the Operations head right away. If need-be, please do not hesitate to contact the local police. Do what it takes to be able to do your job without interference!

    Cons

    Gross mis-judgement in letting go of critical functionalities like security, while men like these hang around women?? Why on earth would you assume that security is not required, but would rather keep around people like these, while covering their full benefits?! These loathsome mellow looking low-level males are busy objectifying women scientists in this place!!

    Advice to Management

    Bring back security immediately. Get rid of, and contract out low-level functionalities, especially these men from the ghettos (lab technician/glass-washer). These are not very intelligent people, and LBNL/JGI is no place for ghetto trash. They certainly should not be given full benefits, and job security for continuing their abuse! You are potentially jeopardizing the safety of women scientists in this place. So much for speaking to women scientists in the STEM fields! Please, DO NOT wait until an incident actually happens.

  3. "Postdoc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good insurance and facilities. Many of the people are very kind and welcoming. The office staff are very efficient

    Cons

    Limited ability to work outside of the box. Very structured to the point of stifling creativity.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits, favoritism prevalent among PIs and upper management"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and many cutting edge projects. Funding is great too. The hours can be good depending one your PI. If you are lucky and have a good PI, you'll get lots of attention, opportunities to participate in many projects, be able to collaborate with other labs, and invited to share your work. If you happen to be one of the few scientist in this position, JGI is a great place. to work.

    Cons

    If you have a project that isn't on the radar of upper management, you'll be ignored and only invited to speak twice a year. You won't get the grooming required to become a career scientist. You'll basically wallow in your position for years unless you quit or become stagnant and not publish anything. Only a handful of people get special attention most end up ignored. Hours can be terrible if you are on a hot project. They will want major progress on projects every few weeks and if management doesn't like your progress they will scrap your project completely, give you a new one expect you to have the new one up and running within a month. There is also favoritism shown to employees who can sweet talk and brag about what they do but actually do none of the work themselves.

    Advice to Management

    have a fair system of evaluating postdocs.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting if you like academia; slow moving compared to industry"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge research being done; work with researchers from around the world; have a direct effect on research being done in environmental genomics; Parent org (LBNL) is a 4000 employee US government organization with standards for everything from safety to HR procedures.

    Cons

    Developers are not first class citizens. Research (and publication in Science and Nature) comes first. Always.

    Advice to Management

    It's short sighted not to invest more in the tools that the researchers need.


  6. "Postdoc"

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

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunities to participate and to lead in big scientific projects

    Cons

    Not abroad conferences allowed to participate in.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Where software developer and informatics careers come to die"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Systems Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Systems Analyst in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Good work-life balance. Schedules are flexible and, in most situations, you can work from home one or two days a week.

    Cons

    - No career development for non-scientist positions. If you have a PhD and a good publication record, management might put effort into developing you and helping you advance your career. If you work in production, and write software or work in the laboratory, they put very little stock into you--mainly because your work or career will never lead to publications for the JGI.

    - Poor software development working culture. Many of the software developers are there because it is a cushy government job that reinforces complacency. A lot of the senior developers are still using technology from the 90s and are unwilling to learn about new technologies because it means they might have to work a little harder than usual and maybe exercise their intellectual capabilities. If you are a talented, motivated developer or analyst, you will end up feeling like you are the only one who cares.

    - Low pay and poor retirement benefits. If you’re a talented software developer, you will be underpaid drastically, considering you work in the Bay Area. They offer no 401k matching or stock options, but, since you’re part of the University of California, they take about 8% of your salary for the pension fund. This percentage continues to increase, mainly because they have to pay-out for the retiring baby-boomers and make up for the deficit from not collecting contributions for 20 years.

    - Gender and age inequality. Women and people early in their career make significantly less than older males, regardless of performance or ability. There is also a significant amount of subconscious bias toward caucasian males and poor treatment of women. Ideas proposed by women are only entertained when a male suggests the same idea. Women who prioritize their family are treated differently. I have seen one case where an extremely brilliant and competent woman did not get her term position renewed when she was 8 months pregnant. Another example of gender inequality can be seen by looking at upper management. Only recently (within the last year) did they promote their first female employee to a senior management position.

    Advice to Management

    Given that this is an institute that operates at the interface between big data and biotechnology, you should really invest more into your talented developers and informaticians. Offer more competitive salaries, offer career-track positions for developers and analysts, and measure the success of these types of employees using a metric other than publication record.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Growing opportunities with quick and massive changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute full-time

    Pros

    Address world impacting questions.
    Funding has been stable.
    Both production nature and research work exist.
    There are many room for improvements.

    Cons

    Complacency is common.
    Different groups in the production pipeline do not work towards a common group and thus blaming game is very common.
    It is also common for leader to choose option that pleases everyone rather than then right option.

    Advice to Management

    The landscape is changing and has accelerated. We should be explorer and not follower.
    We can be leaner. Should always look for ways to improve rather than wait for the system to break completely.


  9. "senior research associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company provides very good work-life balance, good steady jobs, relatively stress-free environment. One can learn science using cutting-edge technology. Overall a great work culture.

    Cons

    Since it is government run the pay is modest and no stock options. Career development is limited in terms or internal or lateral transfers.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to increase training and development programs for employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "State-of-the-art sequencing facility and nice work environment"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DOE Joint Genome Institute part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Top notch equipment and great staff. The location is good as it is right on the Iron Horse trail (perfect for biking), and fairly close to BART. The ergonomics team will do whatever they have to do to make sure that you are in a comfortable work environment.

    Cons

    Work can be a bit monotone, and it seems fairly difficult for current employees to advance their positions.

    Advice to Management

    The work atmosphere can be very lax at times, so I would advice management to be more engaging.


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