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Henry M. Jackson Foundation Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Great benefits and training opportunities (in 38 reviews)

  • Excellent benefits and work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "General Review of Company"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Henry Jackson Foundation is an excellent foundation to work for. They provide good benefits including vacation and holiday leave that increase upon years of hire.

    Cons

    The salaries are not as competitive as other pharmaceutical companies.


  2. "Experience Varies but OK company overall"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Varied work environment worldwide; Opportunity to work with leaders in military health and health care

    Cons

    There is no clear structure for promotion or even performance review. Employees are (in most cases) supervised by PIs or staff not employed by HJF who have no idea of the review process and HJF HQ does not have a defined review cycle or even reminder system.

    In the past there seemed to be some favoritism of employees by the CEO, but he recently stepped down, this may change.

    Advice to Management

    Establishing some policies around performance review would be helpful.

  3. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time

    Pros

    'Relatively' comfortable research environment as long as research funding is stable.

    Cons

    Less opportunity to extend your own independent research projects. If this is what you are looking for, I do not recommend going there as a fresh doctoral graduate.


  4. "Absurd number of managers and execs for small group"

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    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Worker Bee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits. This is a good organization doing important work in military medicine and scientific research.

    Cons

    The Foundation supports a variety of programs, and your experience can vary greatly depending on where you work. In our group of about 50 people, there are roughly 15 executives and project managers. This seems excessive to me. Meanwhile, they are cutting back the hours of the "worker bees."

    Advice to Management

    Please review the organizational/compensation structures in your various programs and do something about the ones that are top-heavy.


  5. "Decent benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Govt. Contractor in many locations

    Cons

    Salaries can be not as competitive

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good benefits, 403b matching up to 5%, good amount of vacation and sick days depending on how long your employment

    Cons

    if you're on contract, they do not give job performance reviews, thus no raises unless you're proactive about it!


  7. "Technical Advisor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Advisor in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great employee support and exceptional benefits and salary

    Cons

    Much of the work is contractual and can therefore end without being renewed

    Advice to Management

    continue to support the employees!

  8. "Sr. Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits; interesting work

    Cons

    Not a fan of government contract work


  9. "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


  10. "Great company to work for, but experiences differ based on department and location."

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    Current Employee - Researcher At WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD
    Current Employee - Researcher At WRAIR in Silver Spring, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Henry M. Jackson Foundation full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and good/fair treatment of employees.

    Cons

    A holiday bonus is not offered to employees.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency on performance appraisal.


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