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Pros
  • "There are some great people there and I have made some lifelong friends(in 8 reviews)

  • "The work environment is very relaxed (though cramped)(in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management shares no information with workers(in 8 reviews)

  • "JCVI basically it has an academic structure without the course offerings and accompanying teaching requirements(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Former Employee Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    JCVI is a well established and reputed biomedical research institute with great benefits, cordial and competent colleagues, and relatively stable federal governmental funding sources.

    Cons

    JCVI basically it has an academic structure without the course offerings and accompanying teaching requirements. Similar to academia, the main focus is competing for funding from the increasing limited federal research science budget. Also, similar to academia, where you have a lot of intelligent people vying for the same small pot of resources, this paradigm begets tunnel vision...

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    Advice to Management

    Make sure to create structured paths for employee career advancement and development, especially non faculty.

    J Craig Venter Institute2018-05-14
  2. "Great environment for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at J Craig Venter Institute

    Pros

    My internship experience with JCVI has been fantastic. I've been able to work alongside really intelligent and inspiring researchers, and have had many opportunities to take on new and challenging projects and expand my skills. I came in with some wet lab experience and learned a lot about bioinformatics and robotics to assist in my research.

    Cons

    The environment could be more collaborative.

    J Craig Venter Institute2018-04-24
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good place to work."

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    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 for 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.

    J Craig Venter Institute2016-12-03
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Company environment is the worst!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with. Too bad there was not an environment that encourages personal growth and working as a team.

    Cons

    Morale was very low and declining. Upper management didn't have a clue or care about the environment or creating a cohesive environment. Why is showing the employees a little respect and creating a team environment so difficult to do? Worst company I have ever worked for. Working for a positive company now really shows how bad JCVI is.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the structure of the company and actually question why it has gotten so bad and is getting worse. Working at a company that treats its employees so poorly and shows no encouragement results in what they have - a lot of turnover.

    J Craig Venter Institute2016-05-06
  5. Helpful (14)

    "Great people. Absolutely horrific management."

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

    I worked at J Craig Venter Institute full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. You feel like you are making a difference in the advancement of genomics. Really smart people trying to do important work.

    Cons

    Management tells the rank and file NOTHING. If you are fortunate, your boss may hear of changes through side channels and share the information with you. Decisions are made on a whim, with no consideration for practicality, business sense, or their effect on the workers. Currently they are on a mission to force all employees to the west coast by intimidation and starving the east coast of all resources. They went from...

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    Advice to Management

    That fish is rotting from the head down. No advice will be taken.

    J Craig Venter Institute2015-11-06
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Slowly boiled frog"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Coworkers lots of interesting projects

    Cons

    JCVI West is slowly killing JCVI East by laying off everyone over the past 5 years. The remaining employees are now being moved into a new location that is a fraction of the size it needs to be to fit everyone. Employees and managers were not consulted to find out what requirements the new location needed. There was supposed to a meeting...

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    J Craig Venter Institute2015-08-29
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