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J Craig Venter Institute Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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  • Upper management shares no information with workers (in 7 reviews)

  • Poor senior management, lack of top-down communication (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Staff Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute full-time

    Pros

    Good Place to work. The work culture is good and people are friendly. From my experience, you are encouraged to raise, if you are a hard-working guy.

    Cons

    You might get plenty of work to do.


  2. "Good people to work with."

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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. A lot of exciting research going on.

    Cons

    Not much support from the executive level to scientists

  3. "Used to be a great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Collaborative environment. Free bagels (on occasion)!

    Cons

    Admin support is lacking. Extremely high overhead rates. Not conducive for research.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the obtrusive policies.


  4. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Rockville
    Former Employee - Rockville
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Easy life-relaxed, good benefits. Good people.

    Cons

    Futureless-no vision. No relevant scientists.

    Advice to Management

    Inexperienced. No guidance. Poor scientific insight.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "What a mess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time

    Pros

    The possibility to work on amazing science with very talented people.

    Cons

    You won't get paid for all the hours you work. You have to pay to park. The will end your position if the contract runs out of funding. They only care about the money.

    Advice to Management

    Get new leaders! Care about the people as much as you care about the money.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great scientists doing a lot of good work. Collaborative atmosphere and many opportunities to get involved in new fields of genomic research. Huge base of knowledge among colleagues, and great bioinformatics infrastructure.

    Cons

    JCVI is in a period of flux with people coming and going constantly. While many senior scientists have left, it creates many new opportunities. Hopefully it will settle down soon.

    Advice to Management

    Stability is a boon to scientists.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "JCVI"

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good place to work. Beautiful new facility in La jolla. Next gen sequencing core. Scientists who created the first living cell from a synthetic genome. All around really nice people

    Cons

    Probably a good place to start a career or end a career if you're highly skilled. Isn't the type of place you can 'work up the ladder', mostly because it's a non-profit research institute with grant funded labs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the social/ team building programs like soccer, happy hours, volunteer opportunities. More free/ healthy food. Don't charge employees for parking

  8. Helpful (9)

    "used to be great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    used to be able to bring dog to work
    wonderful people
    interesting work
    flexible hours
    a good mission in research and genomics

    Cons

    upper management terrible
    i would rate this 0 stars if i could.
    no respect for actual 'worker bees'
    any disent promptly punished


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Make it what you want"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of freedom to determine what and how you contribute to ongoing or new research.

    Cons

    Top down communication and strategic direction is not well communicated.


  10. Helpful (14)

    "Favoritism"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent lab equipment. Amazingly talented co-workers. Great blend of knowledge to learn from.

    Cons

    You will only get to advance if the president likes you. If she doesn’t like you or your area of science she will just ignore you. Strange behavior for a president. The finance department is unable to produce a report so you won’t know what your project spend is and no one management seems to care. They always seem to be running around crazy and firing people. Collaboration to them means you blindly agree with the leaders, that just isn’t right. While the company is named after Dr. Venter, you won’t ever see him. It is the president that runs the show. There is a good company in there somewhere, but the executive management doesn’t know how to bring it about.

    Advice to Management

    Put a person in charge that is capable of leading with a positive attitude, openness and a willingness to listen.


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