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"Good place to conduct research but be aware of isolation"

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Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
Doesn't Recommend
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No opinion of CEO

I worked at NIH full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

1. Good exposure to many different areas of biomedical research.
2. Offer many opportunities to interact with fellows and PI (but one needs to be more outgoing, "step out of the comfort zone".
3. Still not too constrained by budget restrictions although money has become tighter and tigher.

Cons

1. Bureaucracy is slowly killing off the good joy of doing science. Nowadays, support personel (secretary, office manager, HR) has become your boss. More and more rules are put in place to restrict reagent purchase, travel, etc.
2. Strangely, one can feel very isolated in this place. A lot of internal bickering, elbowing can be seen in many groups. One needs to step out of his group, interact with other labs to fully benefit the opportunities, otherwise, you can be left in your own corner. Speak up, step out to get help, no one will come to you willingly to provide help.

Advice to Management

Get rid of most of the support personel (office/lab managers, HR, etc.). Use the money to hire more research personel (fellows, post-docs, staff scientists). Get rid of the ridiculous time limit one can spend as research fellow, or visiting fellow.

Other Employee Reviews for NIH

  1. "Decent place for young scientists"

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    Former Employee - Post-baccalaureate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Post-baccalaureate IRTA in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of events to attend. Lots of exciting research going on at the top.

    Cons

    Not much attention paid to the younger interns or fellows who often just do work that doesn't require much intellectual input.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on providing intellectual challenges to younger interns.


  2. "the biggest biomedical research institute of USA"

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    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NIH full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good environment of research and colleage

    Cons

    very easily traffic commute environment

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