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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology La Jolla Reviews

Updated May 29, 2017
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La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology Presdent & Chief Scientific Officer Mitchell Kronenberg
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  • Very low salary, work life balance for some of the post docs I worked with seemed poor (in 6 reviews)

  • long hours for little pay for techs (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start your career."

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    Former Employee - Research Technician III in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Technician III in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent individuals to converse with.
    Exciting cutting edge research.
    Fairly open and flexible with schedules.
    Happy hours are always a plus.

    Cons

    Pay is average, but typical for non profit research.
    Federal funding is tight so it is a struggle.
    Unless you are a post doc, there is not much growth for you as a technician.

    Advice to Management

    Overall everyone does a great job.
    Be thankful for all the post docs and technicians that really make the place run smoothly.


  2. "Full time Research Technician"

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    Former Employee - Research Technician II in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Technician II in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    work life balance depends on who your working for. Most Principal Investigators assign RAs to post docs, and it's a crap shoot. Some will work you to the bone, including weekends, while others might be more balanced. The institute is a known publishing house, so it will definitely add to your resume if you stay long enough to get included on a publication. Perfect for applicants to grad/professional schools looking to strengthen their resume before applying/reapplying.

    Cons

    Low pay. Weekend work is common.

  3. "Great company~"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wellness Program, Benefits, Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Commute, lack of promotion opportunities


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not the great company it was... Poor benefits and mentorship"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time

    Pros

    Top notch facility
    Collaborative environment most of the time
    Excellent coverage of immunology research field
    Retirement plan available for postdoc

    Cons

    Low salary (below NIH grid most of the time)
    Very difficult to get a promotion even with lots of publications
    Very "full of themself" mentality
    Very poor mentorship from most of the PI and no sense of proper management by the PI (budget, resources, ...)

    Advice to Management

    Increase salary to NIH level (should not be an exception but the standard)
    Implement real mentorship from PI which is critical for personal and career development
    Stop branding to a point you lose your focus on science


  5. "Good place to work if you're looking to stay in academia"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, relaxed working environment, flexible hours, and interesting research. There is a sense of community between the various labs, which makes collaboration relatively easy. Overall, I would recommend working here if you are looking to stay in academia.

    Cons

    There is little to no room for advancement and the starting salaries for most positions are abysmally noncompetitive, even when compared to other academic institutions.


  6. "Excellent environment, but lack of mentoring"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    LJI offers exceptional focus on and quality in basic immunology research. Almost all PIs are leaders in their field. Very strong in small animals models. Very collegial environment from PIs to technicians.

    Cons

    PIs have to realize that employment at LJI is not automatically a future carrier guaranty and should work active together with scientists on their carrier options.

    Advice to Management

    Scientific training is not sufficient to become a successful PI. Leadership training, grant writing, networking and more have to be taught. More programs to open alternatives to careers in academia would be helpful.


  7. "a good start"

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    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Institute has great benefits; flexible schedule; friendly bunch overall. Facility and equipment is relatively new. Post docs seem to have the shortest end of the stick, techs have more freedom and flexibility.

    Cons

    Academic pay; experience is very dependent on individual lab/supervisor. Not much room for growth.

  8. "An absolutely fantastic place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great facility, friendly and helpful Co-workers, solid benefits

    Cons

    Low Salary, but frankly who does get decent salary these days in academia?


  9. "nice place for training"

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    Current Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Post Doc in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The institute provides a chance to work with good scientist.

    Cons

    The overall salary is not high enough to live in San diego.


  10. "Good non-profit research facility"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    pay and benefits are excellent...the research scientists are friendly and supportive...and have incentive programs for attendance and task completions.

    Cons

    Getting along with other technicians that are unskilled laborers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep management more involved in supervisory roles and not let tech's be quite so independent.


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