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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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  • "Work life balance can suffer if you don't pay attention" (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Very good work place."

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

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong research program in science, neuroscience in particular. People with vastly different background work in the same building, making collaboration easy.

    Cons

    Location. It is located in the middle of nowhere. This creates so many problems when you have a family. Many people commute for one to two hours if they have a spouse working here.


  2. "Amazing Non-Profit"

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    Current Employee - Science Program Coordinator
    Current Employee - Science Program Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits and amenities that fosters a wonderful work/life balance

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities can lead to complacency

    Advice to Management

    Greater investment in support of operational staff

  3. "Excellent place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chevy Chase, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An organization you can be proud to work for, beautiful campus, on-site cafeteria, friendly co-workers, great benefits

    Cons

    Not for someone who is looking to climb the career ladder


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch healthcare, benefits, retirement savings, etc.
    Great culture, management nurtures professional development

    Cons

    Principle Investigators funded through HHMI are not held to the same caliber as the company

    Advice to Management

    Develop HHMI-funded investigators into better leaders and mentors and evaluate them on this performance aspect. Let it also be contingent on keeping their funding.
    The non-interference strategy leaves principal investigators open to developing wasteful spending habits, and carelessness towards their lab personnel. Attaining HHMI funding is somewhat akin to winning the lottery.


  5. "Your dream job..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Surround yourself with highly intelligent people (some of the most brilliant people in the world) who will constantly challenge you to think out of the box.

    Cons

    HHMI is still seeking its true identity. This is both a good and a bad thing.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond just publications and recognition in articles/journals. There are far more important tasks at hand.


  6. "Research Scientist"

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

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

    Pros

    Working the best, brightest, hardest working people from around the world

    Cons

    Everyone works so hard, a lot is expected from you

    Advice to Management

    Keep creating events and gatherings for people to get together and blow off steam in a freeing environment


  7. "Great work-life balance"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people that care deeply about what they do and are happy to share their expertise with you. Campus is really beautiful and offers many amenities, including subsidized housing for employees. Benefits are awesome!

    If you are a scientist this is probably one of the best places in the world to work.

    Cons

    Pay can be low for entry-level positions. If you are in that predicament it makes it almost impossible to live, unless you accept the subsidized on-campus housing.

    Advice to Management

    Bigger bonuses would be great for us poor entry-level folks.

  8. "Can be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Howard Hughes Medical Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Beautiful Campus.

    Cons

    Limited experience of IT team. No roadmap or enterprise architecture strategy. Building Random Software development.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't hire slackers from other organizations.


  9. "Research specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    N/A I can not think of any

    Cons

    good benefits and the culture


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work, but you'll need to accept some hard truths."

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Ashburn, VA
    Current Employee - Research Technician II 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

    Tuition reimbursement, on-site daycare, flex time, abundant PTO and sick time, relaxed and collegial atmosphere, movie theatre, pub, rotating lunch menu with all food sold at cost. A fun place to work, lots of ways to learn and grow through workshops, books talks and seminars.

    If you want a steady job in a great company, lots of work-life balance, schedule flexibility and don't care about the lack of promotions or not getting raises that keep up with yearly inflation, then this is a great place to work.

    I loved my time here.

    Cons

    Little to no career advancement for those in operations or non-science positions. The post-docs and scientists in labs advance in their careers, all others are support staff, essentially, and have no room to move up unless they switch career tracks or leave. This is made explicitly clear when you interview (at least for me it was), so you need to go into it with a clear plan for what you want to get out of your time here.

    No cost of living adjustments. Yearly raises are <2%.

    If you want to advance in your career, you'll need to be proactive in taking advantage of all opportunities presented to grow professionally, but even then you'll most likely move on outside the company. Lateral advancement is possible (to a different job within the company).

    Advice to Management

    Consider programs and efforts to retain support staff. It's expected for those in labs to rotate out of the company after a period of years, but that shouldn't be expected for those in operations, who possess a great breadth of knowledge of the science and often educate the incoming scientists/labs, particularly those who come in without prior experience in some aspects of the work.