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Updated June 10, 2017
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  1. "Fantastic place to work"

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

    I have been working at Institute for Systems Biology full-time

    Pros

    An amazing blend of excited, talented people, who seem to be having more fun doing science than anywhere else I've seen.

    Cons

    In my experience, there's not a lot of hand-holding here.


  2. "Good culture/benefits, but glass ceiling for non-PhDs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Very good health, retirement and vacation benefits. Their mantra is preventive medicine after all. Their culture is particularly sensitive to the needs and concerns of parents with children.

    Cons

    Relatively low pay. Overhead costs to grants may make it harder for scientists to get them in the first place. Very academic (a negative to those from private industry and without PhD degrees) and there is a very firm glass ceiling to those w/o PhD degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Nice internal culture, but glass ceiling for advancement without doctoral degrees

  3. "Mostly okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do great things, research into cancer and what not. For the most part the employees are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    They have some weird office politics issues, too many chiefs I believe.


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    ISB is a very open intellectual environment. The abundance of discussion/presentations by various individuals makes for a fascinating scientific atmosphere.

    Cons

    While ISB is a great place for computational projects, it seems to have less resources for experimental work.

    Advice to Management

    Overall excellent experience. Again, I think the abundance of open discussions/presentation creates an intellectually stimulating atmosphere.


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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

    Pros

    1) Work flexibility
    2) Awesome benefits
    3) Awesome people !

    Cons

    Can't find any so far...

    Advice to Management

    Please continue to keep up the great work environment you provide !


  6. Helpful (2)

    "postdoc forever"

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I was an experimental biologist at ISB for more than 5 years, and for most of the time had a stable guaranteed job, enjoyed great freedom in my research, had quite new technology (at least in the beginning) and money for my project, collaborated with very smart, motivated and capable people, and most of all learned a lot about systems biology and how to go back and forth between bench and data analysis.

    Cons

    However, ISB postdoc was already my second postdoc, in all those years I only once had an internal review, after requesting one after a couple of years with no salary increase at all and deteriorating communication with supervisor, he complained why he has to do such useless crap, and I got my notice soon thereafter.

    Advice to Management

    Value your postdocs, don't spoil them, but don't be at the lowest end of salary either. PIs threatened by losing their own job are rarely good advisors or mentors, and they need to get more support and better reminded of their responsibilities.


  7. "ISB"

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

    Pros

    Open, collaborative environment
    Intelligent and inquisitive co-workers
    Very good vacation and insurance benefits
    Flexible, inclusive workplace

    Cons

    Primarily grant-funded
    Somewhat modest pay scale

  8. Helpful (1)

    "All about the image"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice building, HR tries to incorporate a fun, inclusive culture

    Cons

    Company seems to be spending beyond its means in order to be in a hip/cool location, things seem to be very political behind the scenes with the higher-ups, often negatively affecting the worker bee types

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the science


  9. "Great learning enviornment"

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

    Pros

    This work environment promotes many collaborations across labs and fields. Being around a group that is so academically diverse encourages research projects to push the envelope.

    Cons

    We need more people with a solid statistical background.


  10. "Loved working at this company."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Institute for Systems Biology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had a great experience here learning from world-class scientists. As an undergraduate intern, I worked on two projects and thoroughly enjoyed the diversity of experiences I had.

    Cons

    Was only at the company for three months, but did not experience obvious cons.


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