Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated May 23, 2020

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute President Erin O'Shea
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  • "Because you're employed by HHMI rather than teh department, you may not be as connected to the department as a non-HHMI postdoc(in 10 reviews)

  • "Few opportunities for career advancement for research staff, significant turnout among research group leaders(in 7 reviews)

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    "HHMI is a great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Lab Manager in Boston, MA
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    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    HHMI takes care of its own. They offer the most competitive retirement plan with a 10% fully vested contribution to their 403b plan, excellent PTO and STO offerings, and a very healthy culture of excellence in science.

    Cons

    Being a non-profit, there are opportunities to make more money with other institutions.

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-03-19
  2. "Good place to learn"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate 

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Top researchers in world. Great place to learn

    Cons

    The collaborate is not very close between different lab

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-05-24
  3. "If you can - definitely join!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Ashburn, VA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fantastic resources, benefits, and social groups.

    Cons

    You will suffer from imposter syndrome.

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-05-06
  4. "Good benefits"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate 

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to develop and refine research skills. Recommend to those looking to work temporarily before applying to graduate school. Reimbursement for education, access to online resources, good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay rate lower than biotech companies

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-04-20
  5. "World-class organization with an outstanding research and administrative team"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Internal Audit Director in Bethesda, MD
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Little known but high-impact nonprofit Medical Research Organization

    Cons

    Occasional lack of administrative clarity manifest through periodic rounds of layoffs and reorganization

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-03-27
  6. "Excellent workplace"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Supportive work environment, excellent pay and benefits

    Cons

    Not and entry level position. Good for self starters and resourceful workers

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-03-01
  7. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Director, Laboratory Management in Seattle, WA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Incredible benefits, great pay, great people.

    Cons

    Massive changes every time a new president is hired, lots of unnecessary administrative support layoffs.

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    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-02-24
  8. "State of the art fundamental neuroscience and great culture & values"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Research Specialist in Ashburn, VA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - One of the best places in the world to do fundamental neuroscience research - A lot of smart people from a wide range of fields (various disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, math, ...) do a lot of great work - Very friendly atmosphere overall, regardless of hierarchy or rank - Benefits and salaries better than what you might be used to from academia - On-campus living and other amenities (restaurant, gym, soccer/football field, grand piano) make settling in easy for people who move into the area. - free shuttle to help with the commute from Arlington, VA

    Cons

    - Far from DC. The commute can be an issue if you live off campus and the shuttle is not an option. - Salary may not be competitive for computational researchers who compare to industry positions - Home office may be an option depending on the supervisor but no official company policy. - Life can be isolated if living on campus without a car. - No explicit demand to work long hours or the weekend but there may be implicit pressure.

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    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2020-01-22
  9. "Best Work Environment"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Technician in Ashburn, VA
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    Positive Outlook
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    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This is a place everyone who gets the opportunity to work at should take! The company really cares about their employees well being and socially engineered the entire building to promote collaboration and bonding with colleagues. The Benefits they offer as stellar. The research projects are all unique and super cool!

    Cons

    Can't think of any really.

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2019-12-12
  10. "Excellent Job with terrific benefits"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Benefits - Community - Innovation

    Cons

    - Middle of no where

    Howard Hughes Medical Institute2019-11-26
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