I worked at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution as an intern
Great place to gain experience in the Oceanographic Field, beautiful campus
Remote, pay for lower employees not the best
I worked at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution full-time (More than a year)
I think it varies a lot by department, but I had very few good experiences at HBOI. A handful of people I was briefly able to work with were awesome, but that's about it for positives.
For the most part, management is clueless. The employees are not considered important or valued much at all. In my experience, the entire place is pretty inefficient and dysfunctional. A lot of the science is mediocre too. Don't get me wrong, some departments are doing good science, but many are not.
There is also zero opportunity for advancement or personal improvement. Pay increases are nonexistent and, at least in my department, there wasn't even a chance of getting to work on something new. It was a dead-end job. I even had my boss tell me "learning is not part of your job description".
Advice to Management
Clean house. Most of upper management needs to be let go.
I have been working at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution as an intern (Less than a year)
There is always funding for new drugs. Everyone who works there wants to be there and enjoy their job. There are always opportunities for personal accomplishments to be recognized and to learn something new. The location is 5 minutes from a beautiful beach. As a former intern, I feel that I am always welcome back to Harbor Branch.
Fort Pierce is a fairly small town and about an hour from any large city. As with any research institute, pay depends on grant money, and grant money is often limited.
Great environment, helpful people
Poor transportation system in that area
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