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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Ashburn Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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Ashburn, VA

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  • Doesn't seem to be much room for career advancement unless you get an advanced degree (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management has gone through changes and has started to limit/remove benefits that were once available (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work and learn"

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

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

    Pros

    Very supportive group that moves at fast pace to create tools and make discoveries.

    Cons

    I have a long commute.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Research Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    Stimulating environment, great research and facilities, good benefits (except for postdocs)

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career advancement for research staff, significant turnout among research group leaders

  3. "Great place to work, startup for scientists."

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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Ashburn, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits,compensation, and resources for scientists. Administration goes out of its way to allow you to do science. Excellent place for neuroscience.

    Cons

    Success for group leaders is evaluated on the impact of their science (peer review). Can be political.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  7. "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

  8. "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


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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