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Jackson Laboratory Reviews

Updated October 20, 2017
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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. "Graduate 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. Very nice team effort towards developing scientific projects. Great scientist around.

    Cons

    Location is more isolated than institute in big cities. Collaboration with other institute is limited because of location problem.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Worked as mouse technician"

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    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist in Bar Harbor, ME
    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist in Bar Harbor, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits. Very good paid time off. Wide variety of opportunities. Meaningful mission. Many employee recognition events.

    Cons

    Unpleasant working conditions in many areas. Most areas require excessive ppe. Middle management employees are often unfair in supervision of subordinates.

    Advice to Management

    Do some housecleaning regarding supervisors and middle management

  3. "genotyping technician"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, lot of opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    long commute, that's the main con I can think of.


  4. "Love this company"

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    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician
    Current Employee - Animal Care Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great hours

    Cons

    I can't think of any


  5. Helpful (1)

    "In Vivo Technologist(RA) II"

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    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist II in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist II in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience in a short period of time. A good place for new tech.

    Cons

    High volume and stressful workload. More than 10h/day work schedule. When study activity goes wrong the lower level (RA) is the one who will be blamed. Management is a mess even they're trying hard to change. Scheduling is bias because only one scheduler and a lot of physical work besides study activities like lift more than 25 Lbs., and 30 min daily cleaning. The team has high percentages of injury rate, especially for wrist and back. As a RA, you're a janitor, facility technician and animal care technician. Work load and duty should be identified more clearly and specified.
    Hire more technicians to avoid the stressful workload and high turnover rate. Scientifically schedule work calendar. Be more specific about work responsibility. Let RA focuses more on studies and create more value to the company. Reduce workload of the injured employee and try to have serious proper training to help changing the injury rate.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more technicians to avoid the stressful workload and high turnover rate. Scientifically schedule work calendar. Be more specific about work responsibility. Let RA focuses more on studies and create more value to the company. Reduce workload of the injured employee and try to have serious proper training to help changing the injury rate.


  6. "Great place to work in coastal Maine!"

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

    I have been working at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    The research done at the Jackson Laboratory is collaborative and cutting edge. The research labs bridge a spectrum of different disciplines, which gives employees experience in different scientific fields within the biomedical sciences.

    Cons

    The Jackson Laboratory's location in Bar Harbor, ME is harder to access from an urban location so you have to like living in a smaller community.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support your employees well with great benefits and a positive work environment. There could be more benefits to help employees with career development.


  7. "Great benefits"

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    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Research Facility, State of the Art equipments,
    HR was professional, Good place to do scientific research.

    Cons

    Very Isolated from the city and world. Hard to move up the ladder. Exceptionally bad internal politics


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent scientific work being done. Senior Management is out of touch."

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

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Location, good salary, onsite gym with free fitness classes. Onsite cafeteria. Close on site parking. Being part of such great and promising research.

    Cons

    Senior Management is out of touch. No documented processes and it takes forever and 100 meetings for any decisions to be made.

    Advice to Management

    Stop having meetings all day every day.


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