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Henry M. Jackson Foundation Reviews

Updated December 13, 2018
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  • "There seems there is no room for growth" (in 10 reviews)

  • "low pay for post-docs, don't value talented people as much to pay them their worth" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Research associate"

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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

    Good benefits and communication skills

    Cons

    You work as a contractor

    Advice to Management

    Pathway to become permanent with the hiring company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Opportunity for Young Professionals and Family Focused Seasoned Professionals"

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

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

    Pros

    HJF is part of a great mission and some of the work the programs are doing is very exciting. The benefits are very good. There are a lot of mission driven hard working employees here. This is a family-friendly business with lots of flexibility for working moms and dads who want to make a difference without sacrificing family time.

    Cons

    There seem to be significant differences in culture between headquarters employees and employees that work on site for the different programs. I would highly recommend the latter. In line with many other non-profits, the pay is OK but not amazing. Don't expect to earn top dollar here. The benefits and flexibility help even this out to a certain extent.

    Advice to Management

    There seem to be significant differences in culture between headquarters employees and program employees. There needs to me more integration between the two and elimination of some redundant positions/tasks. Additional staff are needed to effectively manage and support the large portfolio spread out across the different programs (whether the programs want to admit it or not). Please consider increasing pay for the low and mid-tier professionals who work really hard but are unable to advance because, in many cases, the hierarchy is quite flat and there is nowhere for them to grow. Also consider implementing a yearly bonus program to reward your high performers.

  3. "Organization in transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Non Profit, Mission-driven, get to work in a lots of smart people

    Cons

    Constant changes of key personnel. Lack of focus direction


  4. "Not a bad place to start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good benefits, good work-life balance, stable funding

    Cons

    No much salary increase each year. Little room to move up.


  5. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    No upward progression; no parking


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don’t Expect to Be Paid What You’re Worth"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Coordinator in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits is all I can commend them on presently

    Cons

    Terrible compensation
    Terrible leave policy
    Confusing and uncomfortable quarterly evaluations
    Unrealistic deadlines
    Unrealistic expectations of productivity
    Significant lack of understanding for priorities
    Unprofessional retaliation for personal slights
    Lack of planning for support of protocols by better integrating with sites including getting command and institutional support

    Advice to Management

    Get qualified managers instead of puppets and hire additional staff for the overwhelmingly unmanageable number of protocols you have. Especially if you’re not in the practice of fair compensation for the amount of work laid on individuals. More people will jump off this sinking ship sooner than you think.


  7. "nurse"

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

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

    Pros

    great professional development and numerous opportunities to navigate through the organization

    Cons

    cons are distinct to individual programs therefore no cons on this end

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company for your first Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Glad I was able to work with this company as my first job. I learned a lot about being in the workforce

    Cons

    Pay is questionable and the raises based off of the review is laughable.


  9. "Good place to start out"

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

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

    Pros

    HJF is a good place to begin working for experience. Benefits are competitive

    Cons

    The pay is somewhat low


  10. Helpful (1)

    "HJF"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great mission, many great people

    Cons

    People are competing for positions and getting nasty to excel. Hopefully this will stop

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what some of the interim are doing