Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute - Difficult to recommend | Glassdoor
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"Difficult to recommend"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Casual atmosphere, generous benefits, generous parties.

Cons

A large number of prominent and respected scientists left because of stagnant leadership and politics. Several scientists have reacted online, but it doesn't look like management or the board are bothering to respond to any of the criticisms.

Casual atmosphere is relaxed, and tolerates some harassing behavior. Several people say supervisors just ignore review time, so it's hard to get increases or even cost of living.

Core administration staff is being outsourced and many others are just plain leaving. The whole place is emptying out in general. A number express the opinion that it's impossible to care what happens to the place.

It's a hard place to recommend, since it looks like it's dying.

Other Employee Reviews for Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

  1. "Not Much Remains & No One Much Cares"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A decade or so ago, S-K was a vibrant institute, doing high-quality psychophysical and physiological research in vision and oculomotility. Today, if you're in rehabilitation engineering, and are willing to do what's necessary to remain in the good graces of the Institute's 95 year old founder & de-facto director, it is a possible place to work. And they do have a spiffy new website!

    Cons

    Perverse Directorial "vision" led to expulsion or departure of the Institute's most productive scientists, closure of its physiology building and most of its labs, loss of Core Services and Training grants, outsourcing of Personnel, Facilities, and IT services, absence of significant online or traditional library services, and general decay of institutional support for the few remaining labs, thereby putting whole classes of high-priority projects out of reach. Reflecting this institutional collapse, NIH funding has fallen to ⅓ of its former level.

    Advice to Management

    There is no effective management, so advice has been, and absent dramatic change will continue to be, futile.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A joke"

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    Current Employee - Research in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Research in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute full-time

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, generous benefits, parties,

    Cons

    Waste of government grants, no excel in career

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