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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated January 25, 2017
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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. Featured Review

    "HHMI at UCSF"

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    Former Employee - Lab Assistant II in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant II in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package. HR and admin are helpful when you need them. Found that the company has competitive salary rates for the position.

    Cons

    Not a part of the campus but it's not a big deal. I don't have many negative things to say about this company.


  2. "Good Research Institute"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Stanford, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resource at Stanford University + HHMI

    Cons

    Work life balance can suffer if you don't pay attention


  3. "Great place to intern, great community"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive company culture
    Good relationship with management

    Cons

    Lack of profit-driven environment can bring out inefficencies


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  5. "good and cozy place to work with hight quality of research"

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    Current Employee - HHMI Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Current Employee - HHMI Research Associate in Chapel Hill, NC
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Wonderful benefits package. HR and admin are very helpful.

    Cons

    I don't have any negative things to say till now.


  6. "Postdoctoral Fellow"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice HR team, very efficient. Relatively good health insurance policy (compared to other places that support postdocs)

    Cons

    Poor benefits for postdoctoral researchers. The the benefits are shrinking every year.

    Advice to Management

    Value people who are at the research side more.


  7. "Spirit of Excellence In Every Area"

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    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Program Assistant in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HHMI is a non-profit organization that operates in the spirit of excellence. What HHMI does well: Work-life balance, competitive salary, excellent benefits, transparency, diversity and inclusion, and a beautiful campus and facility.

    Cons

    I have no cons to report.


  8. "Lab Manager I"

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    Former Employee - Lab Manager II in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Lab Manager II in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits Package, Outstanding Financial Support to the PI, Excellent Regional Management Staff and Manager, etc.

    Cons

    There are very few constructive criticisms I would have. One of them is that the adjustment that HHMI is doing to keep its endowment at a level to provide outstanding assistance or support to the PIs make it cut down in some areas I don't necessarily think it's the best way to go in terms of keeping quality. But, I do not see the whole picture of their financial plans and needs, so, I will pass making assumptions about them. It is just an opinion that may not be very fair.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the quality, in general, of this Company's work, which made me so proud of working for you.


  9. "Great benefits, great place to work but...."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great place to work but limited upward opportunities.
    Lots of perks and very diverse place to work.

    Cons

    Pay is average. Some managers/directors do not know how to really manage people.
    Too much bureaucracy. Some are clueless about their job.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support to your employees. Give fair reviews and reasonable raise.
    Hire people who have basic skills related to the job.


  10. "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


  11. "Always lab dependent but good as an organization"

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

    Pros

    For postdocs, they have a lot of resources for advancing careers in academia.

    Cons

    They stopped making matching 403b contributions.



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