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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn Reviews

Updated December 13, 2016
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  • Isolated location; no career advancement; "diverse" but there are blatant divisions (predom (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of transparency, standardization regarding merit increases, upper management is nearly impossible to get a hold of (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place and great workers

    Cons

    This place is not university, more like a company.

    Advice to Management

    nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing


  2. "Janelia Campus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, friendly employees, amenities are great (on campus dining with very good food, beautiful and clean building in Ashburn, free gym, etc), can see growth potential, company culture is very pleasant, hosts lots of great events/speakers for employees

    Cons

    the Ashburn location is fairly remote and a hike from DC, approvals can take a while

    Advice to Management

    be more transparent


  3. "excellent fund, upgrowing culture, great science"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top science. Great salary. Well-funded.
    Full of excellent young scientists.
    Great opportunity for academic career if you got nice publication earlier.

    Cons

    Hard working, long time bench work is a necessity.
    Overloaded central service, slow administration like other places.
    Isolated, not only in geography, but also in social.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Nice but not a place for growth/development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    10% retirement contribution whether you contribute or not; good health, dental, vision insurance; ample vacation time; decent pay; no funding worries; food service (subsidized food prices, free coffee/tea and fruit); free gym & exercise classes; abundant other perks (at least for now).

    Cons

    Isolated location; no career advancement; "diverse" but there are blatant divisions (predom. Latino cleaning/kitchen staff, Black/African security, Asians/Whites in research or admin positions).

    The benefits may keep you here but ultimately, this is where careers come to stagnate. Make sure that you're okay with the position you're offered because you'll be doing the same thing until you leave. If you're lucky, you may get a promotion. However, promotions are not based on skill/knowledge, they're based entirely on how buddy-buddy you are with your manager.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better. Help them grow. Give your employees incentives to be innovative and to want more for themselves and the company. Don't punish your employees when they call you out on your weaknesses. Answer your employees' concerns and IMPROVE.


  6. "Student"

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    Former Employee - PhD in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - PhD in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work with wonderful resources and many amenities

    Cons

    In a slightly isolated area but there are shuttles to DC for free


  7. "Great place, though isolated"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly dynamic work environment that allows for really easy collaboration with other teams to move projects forward. One's exposed to a lot of branches of science.

    Cons

    It's in the middle of nowhere. While there is a shuttle going to and from DC's metropolitan area, it can still feel very isolated, and you absolutely need a car to get around.

    Advice to Management

    More shuttle times would be helpful, as well as expanding the bus space for the loudoun public transport to more easily get here.


  8. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great organization with excellent culture and extensive resources.

    Cons

    I have found difficult to find cons with working for HHMI.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Janelia an excellent work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    HHMI has positions at all major universities. There are two HHMI locations they call their own. Headquarters, which is purely administrative and the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, VA. It is comprised of a beautiful building with lots of light in offices and labs. There is a very nice cafeteria and a pub for after hours dinner and drinks. The gym is very nicely equipped.

    People are mostly very friendly and obviously happy to be there. Employee turnover is very low.

    The science that takes place there is simply breathtaking. All this adds to make this an exciting place to work.

    Cons

    There appears to be an expectation that one would participate in the after-hours hangouts at the pub, in order to advance one's career.


  10. "Beautiful place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Ashburn, VA

    Pros

    the working environment is awesome

    Cons

    Salary is not generous


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Employee experience is heavily manager-dependent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    HHMI is a company with great benefits and had an environment supportive of a work/life balance. Janelia Research Campus is a beautiful place to work and is filled with smart people who are doing interesting things, but not everyone raves about their work experience or growth opportunities. I've personally had sufficient opportunities for advancement that I've stuck around for a while, but most of that is because the managers I've worked for cared about me.

    Cons

    There are too many managers, and some of them seem to create obstacles for the people under them instead of removing them so they can perform to their full potential. There's a lack of trust and effective communication between and within some departments that really hinders progress on some long-term projects.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the way. It's not about you any more. You should be doing everything you can to help the people who work for you to excel and to build their careers. If you can do that, it'll pay off for you, as well.



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