Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews
89% would recommend to a friend
(386 total reviews)
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- "The benefits and amenities of the facility are great." (in 84 reviews)
- "Great people that care deeply about what they do and are happy to share their expertise with you." (in 17 reviews)
- "Campus is beautiful and people are intelligent and easy to work with" (in 16 reviews)
- "Great culture and people." (in 12 reviews)
- "competitive pay by academic research standards" (in 10 reviews)
- "Low salary compared to pharmaceuticals; can be unresponsive to problems." (in 12 reviews)
- "Bureaucratic organization and management." (in 7 reviews)
- "Upper management has gone through changes and has started to limit/remove benefits that were once available." (in 5 reviews)
- "Isolated location; no career advancement; 'diverse' but there are blatant divisions (predom." (in 4 reviews)
- "Not much room for advancement." (in 4 reviews)
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Found 386 of over 413 reviews
Updated Dec 1, 2023
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- 5.0FEATURED REVIEWSep 14, 2023Lab ManagerCurrent Employee, less than 1 year
I was looking to relocate to the Bay area from the East Coast for a while and had been applying to different institutions in the Bay for several months with no success. I had heard of HHMI from a past colleague at Harvard who attested to the great benefits and career opportunities offered at HHMI so I submitted my application under the Laboratory Manager - San Francisco Bay Area (Evergreen) listing. Shortly after, I was contacted by the HHMI recruiter Leann Lee who let me know of a position in San Francisco that had just opened up. She got the ball rolling quickly and in less than a week I was interviewing with my now boss. I have HHMI recruiting and of course Leann to thank for assisting me in this process. I am extremely happy as an HHMI employee and would recommend working here to anyone.
I don't have any cons to report.
- 5.0Oct 20, 2023ManagerCurrent Employee, more than 1 year
-Take good care of their employees. -Surrounded by passionate, brilliant colleagues. -Amazing mission.
-Can't really think of one.
- 5.0Oct 7, 2023Research Specialist ICurrent Employee, more than 3 years
All about people and providing support and career improvement tools.
Distance from the headquarters and main research campus
- 3.0Mar 29, 2023Laboratory Manager ICurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsBoston, MA
The organization does some excellent science. Working under some of the field's leading PIs on important and meaningful work is what brought me here. I also enjoy the autonomy I have in performing my day to day duties.
Much of what the organization does with respect to employee advancement and promotion is reactive. There is no clearly defined scope of work for a lab manager so you are the 'catch-all' for everything in the lab. As time passes, the scope of your work continues to creep wider and wider while the recognition from management or the organization does not seem comparable. The disconnect between the expanding duties/ effort/ responsibility/ scope of work and clear path or requirements for advancement are what leads to a feeling of burnout and disengagement.
- 5.0Jun 26, 2023Technology Support Specialist IIFormer EmployeeChevy Chase, MD
Although I moved onto much higher paying jobs in the years since I worked at HHMI, they are still #1 on my list of best places I've worked, and I know it will be hard to find a match in the future. They are extremely generous in just about every aspect of employment and benefits. Every employee, from the C-level executives to the kitchen staff, are treated with utmost dignity and respect, demonstrated by a clear commitment to err on the side of overstaffing to ensure quality of work and low employee stress. The cafeteria food was better than many restaurants. Just about every valuable benefit you can think of was available - generous retirement matching, tuition and education reimbursement, discounted travel, a modern, well-equipped gym, a beautiful campus where employees were encourages to take walks, frequent parties and team outings, generous equipment budgets, high-end furniture, access to mentors, generous PTO, and best of all - truly wonderful people at every desk and office who were happy to share their corner of the organization's operations, which was very enlightening and helpful for someone like me who was still becoming acquainted with the working world. It was not uncommon to meet employees who had been with HHMI for over 30 years. It was also very fulfilling to know that working for HHMI was contributing towards a noble cause that is helping humanity at large. I am very grateful for the short time I spent at HHMI, and owe a great deal of gratitude for the free education I was able to receive while I was there, which led to major advancements in my career later on.
It follows that such an amazing workplace is hard to leave, and well-staffed teams create a situation where competition is low, and higher positions and promotions were extremely rare - even in IT, which is a notoriously high-turnover industry, many of the team members had been in their positions for 7+ years with no intention of leaving, and you can't blame them! This is what unfortunately led to my announcing my exit - which prompted a very touching response of an attempt by my manager to find me any other higher-paying role in the organization, even in other teams/campuses, just so that I wouldn't have to leave HHMI. One genuine con (which I wouldn't be surprised if it were resolved by now) was that some employees abused some of the generous budgets or tried to "game the system" by taking some liberties with narratives and stretching business justifications for expenses to an extent that was a bit beyond what I was comfortable with seeing, but this was isolated to a select few employees with different mindsets about what is acceptable.1
- 5.0Jun 30, 2023Research TechnicianFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsSeattle, WA
They offer generous PTO; a week off during the summer and a week off at the end of the year on top of other regular PTOs you get.
Overall benefit coverage you get as a HHMI employee is great but it sometimes causes conflict with the host institute (where you physically work).
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5, based on over 413 reviews left anonymously by employees. 89% of employees would recommend working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute to a friend and 86% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.
89% of Howard Hughes Medical Institute employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Howard Hughes Medical Institute 4.2 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.3 for culture and values and 3.9 for career opportunities.