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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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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. "Working at Janelia Research Campus"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician
    Former Employee - Research Technician

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly staff, collaborative and creative environment

    Cons

    Very rigid job descriptions for research technicians who are on large, multi-lab projects.


  2. "Great Place to Work!"

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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

    Teamwork, Flexibility, Benefits, Competitive Salaries, Great People!

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the current environment by communicating down. Other than that, great work!

  3. "HHMI"

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    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Lab Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    HHMI provides great benefits. The local science office in Boston is extremely helpful and proactive.

    Cons

    Salary is based more on age than ability, and sometimes fails to match salaries host institution offers. Upper management has gone through changes and has started to limit/remove benefits that were once available.


  4. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues, high standards of research, approachable people

    Cons

    Lately the morale feels really low, as if the place is falling down.

    Advice to Management

    Please communicate the policies to the employees. Many cuts are happening and nobody knows who is next to go.


  5. "Fellow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits including 403b contributions and 15 days/year PTO starting

    Cons

    Poor senior management who do not embody HHMI stated mission or culture


  6. "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


  7. "great benefits, abundant resources"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Technician II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - great benefits (health/dental/vision)
    - competitive pay by academic research standards
    - very helpful HR staff
    - abundant monetary resources, which reduces anxiety concerning project funding

    Cons

    none to share as of yet

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Good Benefits, Okay Salary, "Higher Education" Management"

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    Former Employee - Director in Chevy Chase, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Chevy Chase, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission supporting basic Science is very good, incredible facilities at HQ (solid walls and doors, Top technology in conference rooms, campus environment, heavily subsidized cafeteria). Salaries are okay, benefits a bit above average (but trending downwards).

    Cons

    Management follows a "Higher Education" trend so each new President brings in new top tier leadership. Most are Scientists only slightly removed from working in a lab, so have very little understanding of true "business" operations. Yet mostly believe that because they are good/great Scientists, they can easily do good/great "business leadership". Unfortunately for HHMI staff, the transitive property in business operations does not work that way.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the mission of doing and supporting the science. Listen to functional experts on process improvement, but make sure they have actually performed what they are advocating. Check motivations behind complaints. If you want real change and modern standards, avoid putting 30+ year employees who have no substantial external experience, into lab/customer facing leadership roles.


  9. "Practically my dream job"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Current Employee - Research Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Janelia is definitely one of the best experiences I've had. The campus is breathtaking and the vibe you get here is so positive, it makes you really feel like you're making a difference. We get to go to talks (free!) from world-class scientists and be surrounded by cutting-edge technology.

    Cons

    We had free fruit, but people ruined it.
    The glass building is cool but try walking down the hall on a sunny day, and you wish you'd remembered your sunglasses.
    The food is okay, but it's really cheap, so you can't really complain.

    Advice to Management

    I wish people on the lower end would be kept more up-to-date. Having to find out things about your lab from the website does make one feel pretty inadequate.


  10. "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


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