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Henry M. Jackson Foundation Bethesda Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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Henry M. Jackson Foundation President John W Lowe
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  • There seems there is no room for growth (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay and sometimes frustrating organizational structure (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Microbiologist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits with retirement match and very good health , dental and vision plans

    Cons

    Being a non profit entity, your success and the company's progress is not rewarded financially

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good scientists, those are the asset for maintaining future strength


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Subcontract Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent organizational mission, great benefits, great pay, overall great place to work

    Cons

    Personally, I have a horrible commute..

    Advice to Management

    Offer more telework and flexible schedule opportuniiies


  3. "Research Analyst/Epidemiologist Position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small office, opportunities for a lot of work, average compensation

    Cons

    Terrible management from the top down, people without any merit or experience are promoted and are completely unable to manage or supervise teams. Discrimination is encouraged, HR does absolutely nothing about blatant discrimination by management. The company has very high turnover rate. i would NOT recommend this place to ANYONE, if you have another offer, take that one

    Advice to Management

    Provide mandatory manager training for everyone in supervisory role, HR take discrimination complaints seriously, this will cost you one day


  4. "Staff Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits...great 403b plan
    experience different locations

    Cons

    career opportunities may be stagnant


  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Under the control of the PIs

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Great Organization"

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    Former Employee - Grants Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Grants Specialist in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful work being performed by medical and army researchers across the world. Dedicated science personnel who are seeking active cures for diseases like Ebola, and HIV.

    Cons

    Government contractor, so funding is tied to federal government and cycle of awards.

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive Contracting Organization"

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Research Assistant I in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The management with HJF is transparent, and the benefits they offer are some of the best in the area. Lateral movement across research organizations is very easy, and well-supported by lax HR policies, and barely any administrative headaches.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth within the organization, and is heavily dependent on the lab that you end up working in.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. "ISD intern"

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    Former Employee - Instructional Systems Design Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Instructional Systems Design Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation (Less than a year)

    Pros

    professional environment. great educational programs for employees to participate in in order to improve their skills, such as software courses etc.

    Cons

    some times the teams you work in may be very small. roles may not be very clear and so its a few carrying most of the weight. but this was just my department so i cannot evaluate the entire organization.

    Advice to Management

    keep striving towards your goals!


  9. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and great staffing! Was efficient and at work within days of my offer.

    Cons

    Diverse contracting clients, so some places I've heard to be worse than others.


  10. "Fantastic Place to Work, Fantastic People and Mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The entire organization from top to bottom seems energized and engaged and on board with the mission of the foundation. It is exciting to work with people who are all focused on doing more than just showing up and getting a pay check. (Not that a paycheck is bad motivation, it's just nice that there's more to it than that at HJF.)

    I go to work with a smile on my face and leave with the same. Great salary and benefits but even more important to me is working for an organization that's driven to make a difference in the world as opposed to making shareholders happy or chasing after a profit.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons at the moment. If I ever come across any, I'll come back and share them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


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