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Milken Institute Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to work"

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

    I have been working at Milken Institute full-time

    Pros

    Despite some of the negative reviews this is a better place to work than it might appear. Proximity to the beach, health-related activities, shopping, etc. cannot be beat. There are a few Centers within the Institute that do work closely aligned to the Institute's mission. There are several opportunities to get involved with their annual events. In general most employees are engaged and the atmosphere is pretty collegial.

    Cons

    Traffic getting to/from Santa Monica is terrible.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be higher standards for transparency, accountability and reporting.


  2. "Good first job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time

    Pros

    great work life balance. fun people to work with.

    Cons

    lack of upward mobility.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great support, highly engaged in med. research

    Cons

    None I enjoyed my time at here.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Honest Opinion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prime location, great work/life balance, friendly staff (most of them), overall stress free environment, exposure to high profile political and industry leaders and complimentary admission to attend annual Global Conference.

    Cons

    Very minimal opportunities for growth, favoritism amongst select departments and people, HUGE disparity in pay, no solid HR person, cheap (but only with employees!) ZERO transparency. Upper management is completely detached and clueless. They really could not care less about the regular employees. Too cheap to even go all out and put together a really nice holiday party for staff...it is held onsite and catered by in house kitchen.

    Great place to work if you're looking to intern, your first real job or you are a retiree, not if you are trying to get ahead in your career/financially. No matter how well you perform year after year they will feed you the same tired line, they are a non-profit and cannot afford to pay you more than a couple dollars more. Meanwhile upper managements salaries are grossly inflated and they get hefty bonuses as well. What it is they do to justify all of this, who knows? They are not finding a cure for cancer or saving abused children. Irresponsible and ridiculous amount of spending on business travel (which then turns into a personal vacation!), dinners and courting potential donors. This could go towards something more meaningful such as improving employee morale, retention and a more sensible pay scale.

    Needless to say, turnover here is extremely high. The ones that are still there really don't want to be, but it's a safe job. I am SO glad I realized my self-worth and took my biggest and most important investment (ME) elsewhere. I am MUCH happier and an even better employee now.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Invest in your staff and SHOW them you appreciate them. Hire leaders that actually CARE to see their employees grow and that know HOW to lead, not just talk about leading. Need an entire dismantle and re-org of this place.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Save yourself the trouble"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Has "divisions", "centers" and "affiliated organizations" that are doing great, cutting edge things in cancer and healthcare.
    Can attract true movers, shakers and power brokers to their events and those of affiliates and centers.
    Has longstanding and well-established and respected ties in DC in healthcare and finance fields.

    Cons

    Office politics are absolutely out of control stupid.
    Senior management is completely oblivious and nepotism and favoritism abound.
    The truly smart and great employees are in the bottom up to the middle, above that you can hope for mediocrity at best, incompetence at worst.

    Advice to Management

    Time to sunset some people, not just programs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart peers and colleagues at the associate level
    Lots of movers and shakers come around
    Stable and isn't going anywhere, though you might
    Turnover for strange reasons

    Cons

    Massive office politics
    Very strong political leaning to the right fiscally
    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Keep your senior staff in check, and ask them to actually work with one another instead of despising one another.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "MI Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorpark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorpark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and good salary.

    Cons

    Management lacked focus and was reluctant to try new ideas although the MI is a think tank. No clear reporting structure and poor guidance to new hires. Lack of coordination between the MI and its subsidiary, Faster Cures, resulting in loss of synergism.

    Advice to Management

    Redefine the role of the Chief Research Officer and develop an annual research plan fully vetted by MI and Faster Cures executives. Provide sufficient resources to implement the plan and produce measurable results such as peer-reviewed articles. Embrace new issues and innovative potential solutions. Give junior staff an opportunity to author key, seminal papers.


  9. "Pay attention"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Manhattan Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Global Conference is the only good side.

    Cons

    Management is oblivious to what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention


  10. Helpful (2)

    "It is what you make it"

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

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time

    Pros

    Large and diverse network, intelligent colleagues, diverse array of topics to work on

    Cons

    Lack of vision from senior management, little room for growth


  11. "Great place to learn, network and do something worthwhile"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Analyst in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Milken Institute full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very intelligent people, everyone wants to chip in, fascinating research/discussion topics... Also great way to meet people in various fields who are usually not accessible. Fun and relaxed place to work.

    Cons

    Depends on which side you are on. If on the research side, Phd's gain more out of the experience as you can often publish papers etc. If on the business development side, it can get frustrating trying to grow the organization as it is a nonprofit, but this is probably applicable to most nonprofits.

    Advice to Management

    Doing a great job, keep it up.



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