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Updated January 3, 2017
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  • Jax was a great place to work, the community atmosphere at the Bar Harbor and Sacramento campuses was refreshing (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits, opportunity to move up (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really excellent health insurance and other employee benefits. One of the only large employers in the area, and certainly one of the best to work for.

    Cons

    Research science side is well cared for. Not familiar with experience of production or administration


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Such An Extraordinary Mission, But..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The mission of this organization is extraordinary, with research into some of most serious and challenging diseases faced by mankind. Branching out into clinical genomic work as well as research. Many opportunities available.

    Cons

    Consider very carefully if you relocated to Bar Harbor. It is remote. Beautiful in the summer, but getting on and off the island is a hassle with traffic. In the winter the town practically closes up. While they help you move to Bar Harbor you could be stuck in an area of Maine with few alternative jobs if you have a working spouse or if things don't work out.

    Long time employees are clickish. They can go outside of your management channel to commiserate with other long time employees and seek to widen problems. This out of band grapevine is not addressed and makes navigating the political waters very difficult.

    While JAX is a non-profit, areas are run with all the ferocity of a for profit enterprise. You need to deliver 110%, however there is little guidance from senior management or feedback to know if you are actually doing well or coaching to address problems.

    Advice to Management

    IT is overwhelmed. Not enough front-line managers or staff. CIO does not have an IT background. IT needs a major restructuring. Outdated management styles- Revamp to empower employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Old boys club"

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    Current Employee - External Relations in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - External Relations in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, physical space is adequate

    Cons

    Uneven adherence to policies, management iand senior staff is an old boys club, sexism is prevalent in meetings, influences decision-making at highest levels. A lot of talk about equality but that is not what happens behind closed doors, or occassionally right out in public.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote more women to senior positions. Create an anonymous or safe way for employees to report issues including compliance, gender bias, sexual harrassment.


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    "Management is out of touch"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent and the benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Managers are in meetings constantly. They are unavailable to help employees, and they have no idea what is going on in their departments.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what your employees actually do and support them in their work. If you are going to meetings all day long, you are not available to help us if the need arises.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A means to an end"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Very family & community oriented. JAX allows one the ability to climb the ladder if dedicated and the right opportunity presents itself. Great fitness centers and programs that encourage healthy lifestyle choices.

    Cons

    JAX has non-profit status, so the process of obtaining money for anything (salaries, promotions, equipment, travel, software, etc.) is difficult, intensive, and often unsuccessful. Every penny is scrutinized. Key management sometimes makes knee-jerk operational decisions that have a huge impact, but don't always make a lot of logical & scientific sense, and this can be very costly to the institution. Further, many mid-level managers are not empowered to make decisions on their own without having to consult with numerous layers of senior management- everyone is afraid to make a wrong decision and look bad in front of the Chief Operating Officer (naysayers are NOT hired). This causes progress & process improvements to be very, very, frustratingly slow. The IT department cannot get out of their own way- there are so many reorganizations, project reassignments, and revolving managers that the people who actually develop applications to handle the amazing scientific discovery data JAX produces can't focus on one project for more than a week before they are shuffled onto the next project. So nothing actually ever gets completed or improved, and in the process, tons of dollars are wasted. There have been a lot of recent changes, with the tendency to hire more and more high-level managers with big titles (many of whom are often inaccessible), and the little guys who are in the trenches are "doing more with less"- underpaid and overworked. When the little guys make a mistake because they are stressed out beyond belief and struggling to make ends meet, the tendency is towards punitive action. This results in an extremely demoralized staff.

    Advice to Management

    Empower people to make decisions, and stop squashing discordant opinions- often this is the way new ideas come about. Focus on addressing the persistent problems with IT data management, sharing, and analysis, or JAX won’t be able to compete effectively in the industry. Support the little guys with more staff- don’t work them into the ground and don’t beat on them if they make a mistake! They make sure that mice are sold to pay the bills and assure operations continue.


  7. "Research assistant"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Bar Harbor, ME
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Jax is a great place to get some experience and build a resume or college application. The mission is great. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of respect, very low wages, slow advancement if at all depending on funding for the lab you work in.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Bad management and outdated leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding working environment, excellent facility, super benefit package, and guaranteed funding availability

    Cons

    Outdated executive leadership and management. Old school HR approach. Heavily compartmentalized organizational structure. No communication horizontally or vertically.

    Advice to Management

    Update the management style. Open communication and promote team spirit. Overhaul HR and change human management mentality.


  9. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bar Harbor, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The geographic isolation can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give staff interesting projects


  10. Helpful (2)

    "IT Business Systems Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst I in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Business Analyst I in Bar Harbor, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    We're dedicated to a good cause -- supporting research to cure disease.

    Cons

    We're growing very fast and that means growing pains while we figure out scalable processes.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "JAX is wack dont waste your time"

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    Former Employee - IT Gopher in Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - IT Gopher in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Small environment. Get to wear a lot of hats. Learn new technologies.

    Cons

    IT department lacks collaboration and true customer service. Total compensation is on the lower end. Company departments lack synergy across the enterprise. Employees lack morale. Constant salary freezes. Small company growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the ball with communication and managing departments effectively



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