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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place for a diverse STEM workforce

    Sep 1, 2021 - Senior Project Manager in Laurel, MD
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The benefits and work-life balance cannot be beat anywhere else. The work is really interesting, meaningful, and fulfilling. Co-workers care about your career trajectory, look out for you, encourage growth, and look for opportunities to lift you up. Fantastic work carried out by ERGs and HR to make the workplace inclusive to everyone.

    Cons

    Continuing to diversify our workforce is an on-going challenge. Although this seems to be a priority among our leaders, and not an uncommon challenge in STEM workforces due to external forces working against marginalized social identities in STEM. ERGs continue to push our leadership to be accountable for this growth area.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    Nov 25, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Meaningful work and opportunities, great coworkers, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Salary is lower compared to other tech companies.

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  2. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Broken Culture and Toxic Hierarchy

    Nov 25, 2022 - R&D Fellow 
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    Pros

    As you probably read in some other reviews, Good for the start of your career right after grad school (in terms of salary and benefits) but soon will face broken culture and toxic hierarchy (See Below)!

    Cons

    Most staff seem to be busy getting the next project while past/current projects are still not properly addressed. This cause serious issues: I. Lead/mid-bosses who inherit the past/current projects do not seem to have enough knowledge or expertise on the topic to pass along to the new staff, then it becomes the new folks responsibility to master the topic without any given help/knowledge II. Lead/Mid Bosses don't have positive incentive to work with younger (less-senior) employees to learn and grow because they are either busy with "more important" projects or see the less-senior staff as their "grad-students" or labor to do the actual work for them As a result: - Early career folks (especially minorities) often feel left out as they need to know the right people to get invited to the events/meetings that will help their work get recognized in the lab - Most mid-career staff seem to be either 1) overwhelmed/stressed by the amount of work/responsibilities, or 2) frustrated /irritated by the people who get selected for leadership positions (i.e., less-knowledgeable people). In conclusion: - People suffer from unspoken issues that keeps happening to the next and next people, AND no one seem to care enough to address/improve them

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