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Jackson Laboratory Reviews

Updated January 30, 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. "Nice facility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    facility is new and very nice

    Cons

    location is bad due to bad traffic from the highway


  2. "Excellent Employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technologist I/Colonist
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technologist I/Colonist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Endless opportunities, Great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Location, location, location, location, location


  3. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    On site training and many opportunities.

    Cons

    None, I like it here


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  5. "Great environment for science"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The professors really care about bringing the summer students along and the science is not simply brainless work for students. The scientists are looking forward to having you help them every year. If you are into being outdoors and small, quaint towns, this is an awesome location

    Cons

    The lab is a mouse lab in Maine. If you don't like mice, and if you don't like small towns, this is not a location you would be interested in.


  6. "Sacramento branch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - In Vivo Technologist in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    As an In Vivo Technologist, I gained a huge amount of work experience with a variety of biomethods and research projects within a relatively short period of time. I also heard that employees at the main branch in Maine are treated very well.

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate while I worked in the Sacramento branch. This was probably due to being perpetually understaffed, overworked, and underpaid. Many employees would get the job experience at this company, then move to another company ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    I'm not sure if the situation has improved in the last 3 years, but Sacramento management should take steps to reduce turnover rate- perhaps by offering better pay, or hiring more employees so the existing ones won't be stretched so thin.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Learning about the different studies taking place.

    Cons

    Room to grow is limited for some


  8. "Review on JAX in Sacramento"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice coworkers and good management team.

    Cons

    Limited career growth room; heavy work load, lower salaries compared to pharmaceutical companies.

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees more motivation to work harder and take more ownership.


  9. "Grant Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team and strong support from Grants office

    Cons

    Lacking control and weak direction


  10. "mice job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in La Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technician in La Mesa, CA

    I worked at Jackson Laboratory (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and great co workers

    Cons

    Having to change so many times.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Management could be better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technologist II- Lead in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Animal Care Technologist II- Lead in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good place to gain lab animal experience if this is your first animal care job.
    Educational classes to help educate employees on the animals

    Cons

    Quotas are too high for technicians to be able to spend the time and attention required to ensure adequate colony management and animal welfare

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your employees are telling you. They are the front line or your company and their input is essential to keeping the production flow you expect



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