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Jackson Laboratory Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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Edison T. Liu, M.D
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Pros
  • 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 8 reviews)

Cons
  • It's a shame the culture is so different from the Bar Harbor site (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior management are not strong scientists or business people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good 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 Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good research environment. Cutting-edge research projects, good schools nearby

    Cons

    Location is not that great


  2. "Senior Director"

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Bar Harbor, ME
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries and benefits- the science is fantastic. The scientific staff is bery supportive.

    Cons

    On your own- the administration is out of sync with training and education mission.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more support and oversite/ mentoring

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great science, poor CRO business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent science being conducted by investigators, mouse husbandry and genetics unparalleled. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Favoritism by senior management, top-down management style by leadership who is out of touch with market. Senior leadership doesn’t treat lower levels with trust or respect. No clear paths for advancement for professionals. Too many people in senior leadership who don’t have experience outside of JAX. Compensation grossly under market average.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your junior employees; you don’t know everything. Develop clear opportunities for young professionals to advance and develop their leadership skills.


  4. "Research Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment if you get in with a good lab.

    Cons

    Satisfaction with position will vary based upon Principal Investigator.


  5. "good/bad location"

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

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    small community but environment is collegial

    Cons

    area is remote. People who are here generally love the outdoor and beautiful scenery.


  6. "A+ Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mission, Values, Benefits, Employee-Centric, Pride, Passion, Purpose

    Cons

    None that I can think of at the moment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "CT location is all style, no substance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some excellent people who understand the way things work and are willing to help
    Very nice facility
    Lots of continuing education opportunities

    Cons

    Cold, unfriendly culture, very separated by PIs.
    Senior management are not strong scientists or business people. A lot money and effort is wasted on looking good, while there is no work to support the image. High turnover due to poor treatment, long hours and little recognition. It's a shame the culture is so different from the Bar Harbor site.

    Advice to Management

    The focus needs to be on good science and developing people. Management is nothing without the support and effort of the workers

  8. "Small town problems with small town help"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    great resources, beautiful location, pay to standard of living is great

    Cons

    you know literally everybody and everybody knows you


  9. "Postdoctoral fellow"

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, collaborative

    Cons

    location wise its not that great

    Advice to Management

    HR response needs to be quicker


  10. Helpful (4)

    "15 years"

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    Current Employee - Director in Bar Harbor, ME
    Current Employee - Director in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    JAX is a non for-profit organization and at times this can be fun, although management are not shy to use this to keep the run of the mill people's salary capped.
    The work you will doing will assist cutting edge science.
    Benefits are ok to good

    Cons

    For a non-profit, the leading managers have very high salaries and or bonuses, which have the feel of taking advantage of the lower levels of workers.
    They tend to pull we are "all one organization", working for a good cause to keep wages and complaints down while having a separate elite class.
    The organization is obsessively secretive, again except for the small elite class.

    Advice to Management

    For senior management - look up the word "hypocrite"
    that way you will know what we all see in to you


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