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Marine Biological Laboratory Reviews

Updated Oct 10, 2019

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  1. "Solid leadership and excellent benefits and working conditions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Woods Hole, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are great, friendly environment where the level of professionalism has been improving. The work is steady however it really increases in the summer.

    Cons

    Weather in Woods Hole can be very windy, not the MBL's fault. It's a smaller employer so not always the ability to move up quickly unless someone leaves.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate frequently about the state of the MBL, more than annually.

    Marine Biological Laboratory2019-10-10
  2. Helpful (2)

    "So many changes needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woods Hole, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Healthcare, waterfront community, relatively easy for parking

    Cons

    Incredibly poor management, lack of respect amongst many employees depending on ones status at the MBL , so many unhappy employees, poor communication amongst upper management. This is strictly a reactive organization that has no idea what is truly happening on a daily basis.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people who are thinking of others and not just themselves. Spend more time looking for candidates who have accomplished goals in previous roles. Maybe even pretend to care about your employees a little more.

    Marine Biological Laboratory2019-02-24
  3. "Great place for research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Marine Biological Laboratory part-time

    Pros

    A lot of cool research happening A lot of interconnectedness with other research institutions and colleagues

    Cons

    - Good benefits really only apply if you're full time - the part-time prorated benefits are very expensive - sometimes hire based on other recommendations, not on application/experience

    Marine Biological Laboratory2018-11-13
  4. "Camp Counselor"

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

    I have been working at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Full time, boss is kind and helpful

    Cons

    No notable downsides are available

    Marine Biological Laboratory2018-02-26
  5. "Animal Care Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woods Hole, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere - Position has the potential to learn from - Meet many researchers - Beautiful place to work

    Cons

    - Tourist in the summer make moving around very hard

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities for college students and high school student to create and integrate a larger community for growth internally and externally.

    Marine Biological Laboratory2017-11-22
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Leadership"

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    I worked at Marine Biological Laboratory for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice area to work, organization has a good rep, decent benefits

    Cons

    Leadership is bad, lack of knowledge of basics from department heads, incompetent leaders managing to pass, verbal abuse from managers to employees is tolerated, organization seems afraid to deal with, or not know how to deal with, sexual harassment or discrimination complaints from employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good, objective look at the leadership and department directors. Some seem unable to answer simple questions without consultation of their staff. Verbal abuse is common. Look at the turnover rate in non science positions.

    Marine Biological Laboratory2017-11-24
  7. "Course Assistant"

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    I worked at Marine Biological Laboratory

    Pros

    A great position for a college student to learn calendaring, budgeting, event planning, and multi-tasking.

    Cons

    Only have Sunday's off.

    Marine Biological Laboratory2017-08-07
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Surviving...Not Thriving: Tending to Constant Crisis & Not to Deep Inherent Problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    MBL is located in Woods Hole, MA: a beautiful sea-side location. The science and discovery are inspiring and exciting. The institution attracts researchers and scientists from all over the world.

    Cons

    The scientists are passionate about their work: however, as a general group, they breed a level of entitlement and disrespect for the administrative departments that support them directly and organization as a whole. They seem to lack the sensibility of what it takes to run the organization; the business. The administrative departments are not provided with the level of staff and support to run operations in a balanced and sustainable way. This often leaves many in these positions silently angry, overworked, and apathetic. A lack of accountability and responsibility resides. The overall sentiment in the air is the "Blame-Game" among the entire MBL community. It is really sad to go to work everyday with a feeling of impermanence and a strong hesitancy to commit to this organization.

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    Advice to Management

    If UChicago wants to make true change, they will begin to identify the seed level (deep & inherent) issues to this organization. People want to do well and come excited and passionate about the science or supporting the science; but with the high turnover, employees leave feeling duped by the misrepresentation of support and human dignity they did not receive. Without addressing the deeper issues (entitlement, disrespect, and anger) all efforts to bring the MBL into the future will be in vain of UChicago and MBL C-level staff. Unfortunately, there are not many that hold confidence that this can be done: both on administrative and scientific sides.

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    Marine Biological Laboratory2017-06-18
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good environment for administrative staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time

    Pros

    Talented scientists from around the world do great research here. Working on Cape Cod can be both a blessing and a curse, but you work literally next to the ocean. Retirement benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, if you are not working on the research side, you are overworked and undervalued. The Senior Leadership team is severely lacking in management and communication skills. The HR department has turned over its positions multiple times, and it is solely due to incompetent leadership in the department. Being incapable of answering even the most basic questions asked by staff, or having a lack of understanding of employment law or standard policies (unless there is a consultation with someone else first) is not the definition of a good leader. Yet, no one in Sr. Management seems to notice, or care. All the staff at the MBL deserve better. Many talented people throughout the organization are looking for an escape route. Funding is extremely soft.

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    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to incompetent managers and fix problems. Realize that you are going keep losing talented people if you do not hold management to a higher standard.

    Marine Biological Laboratory2016-12-07
  10. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Marine Biological Laboratory full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It certainly is a beautiful place to work, and the science being done there is amazing. There are some great people working there.

    Cons

    As a previous reviewer noted, there is an atmosphere of paranoia, negative gossip, and backstabbing. Extreme paranoia. It was almost surreal, like trying to operate in a workplace version of Survivor. Choose your allies carefully! There was a high rate of management/administrative turnover due to this unpleasant and stressful work environment. Complaints that were taken to HR about poor management were not resolved. Working in an administrative role did not offer opportunities for career training, growth, or promotion. Administration was also treated like second class citizens in comparison to the scientific staff. I worked there for more than 5 years and when I left was taking home less money than when I started due to the increases in insurance premiums not keeping up with small or non-existent salary increases. I had one person in HR tell me that there was a long-term "company culture of bullying" and another tell me they couldn't help me with the uncalled for poor treatment from upper management because they were being treated with the same aggressive disrespect.

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    Advice to Management

    Take the time to cultivate a positive work environment and try to retain employees. You will get better results with your "do more with less" attitude if you are able to replace LESS money and LESS staff with MORE respect, MORE opportunities to advance professionally. This could truly be a great place to work. I worked with a lot of fantastic individuals. There was a frustrating reluctance to tackle any of the underlying issues with the company culture head on.

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    Marine Biological Laboratory2016-05-09
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